During my time in Taiwan, I was fortunate enough to be able to see Joanna perform live, and not only is she a stellar live performer, she is also one who exudes her own very unique sense of confidence through her music, be it in the genre she's writing in, or the content of her lyrics. She's expressed that <Midnight Cinema> is the album that she's most happy with, being able to be in total creative control of the whole album has been a battle for her in the past few years, and finally being able to do what she wants really sets up the album for me as a must listen.
Although it may just seem like any ordinary cover album, those who understand the singer will know that it can't be that simple. A collection of songs, both English and Chinese selections exude a sense of old-Hollywood glamour. But according to Joanna (pal Khalil Fong has also figured out the underlying message to her album), there is something else to this album, much more than just the girlish, Audrey Hepburn ideas of glamour and luxury. For me, I feel a sense of craziness and madness being an underlying theme of this album, but I'll get back to you on that after a few more listens.