Following the success of his debut album "Learning to love", soon-to-be prolific singer-songwriter Eric Chou has now followed up two years later with his second album, aptly named "What love has taught us". Ever the sensitive type, Chou's music is greatly influenced by some of the best balladeers of our generation, namely the likes of Jay Chou and Wang Leehom. As such, it is easy to mistake him for just another ballad-singing idol. But as he's shown from his chart-topping success from the get-go, Eric is much more than just that. And although the theme of his second album "What love has taught us" seems to just be a marketing gimmick, tacked on to enjoy the success of his previous album, I really do feel that the take-home message from his newest album emulated his growth as a person and as a musician over the past few years.
His first single from his previous album "以後別做朋友 In the future let's not be friends" was bittersweet in its rawness, but rather half-baked in its formulation. This was what I presumed to be the work of someone with talent pure and raw, but not yet completely schooled in the slick profession of music production. But after gaining a couple high-profile gigs, like writing songs for label mates Rosie Yang, A-Lin and Eve Ai, Chou has shown his clout as a songwriter and singer; his velveteen vocals catching in the throat of many a pre-pubescent high-schooler.
Since her debut album in 2012 titled "Home Girl", resident Sweetie pie Sharon Kwan has stayed quiet for the last four years, before finally releasing her second album "Blossom 2.0".
Releasing her first album when she was only 16 and now as a 20-year old, this second album's theme and name signifies her growth as a person, and her blossoming into a beautiful young lady!
In this album, Kwan hopes to reflect upon the different possibilities that are open to a 20 year old girl. Having participated in "The Voice of China" under the tutelage of Mandopop King Jay Chou, he has also put in a few good words for her by recommending her to try singing fast songs rather than her usual balladic or easygoing sound.
You are my best accident, I am your most unexpected love.
Before holding hands lets brush shoulders first
Before brushing shoulders let's talk
Perhaps love perhaps not love, perhaps we have ascended above love.
Perhaps everything is unexpected.
Be my best friend, wanting to love once.
When I fall in love with my best friend.
When my best friend
Allow us to love once, each loving their own.
Independently going on vacation, being independent.
Don't worry, I'll find me.
Shennio Lin, the runner up for Taiwanese singing competition 'One Million Stars' from 2008 has finally announced the release of her own new album after 12 years.
The new EP is called "I'm Singing" and contains 4 songs, including her popular hit theme song from the movie "等一個人的咖啡" called "等一個人Waiting for a person", which has since amassed over 30 million replays.
Her first single from the EP is called '道聽途說Hearsay', and is a passionate ballad which captures Lin's own tale of being cheated on by her boyfriend with one of her best friends.
While filming the music video, Lin herself shed many tears due to the meaning that she felt behind the lyrics and how it resonated with her own story of love and loss.
In the process of recording songs for this EP, Lin was under a lot of pressure as she had not stepped into the studio for over one and a half years, and often ended up crying due to the amount of stress she put onto herself to create a product that she was satisfied with.
Lin believes that this album is her way of expressing to all her fans that although she has not been active in the music scene lately, she has still continued to sing and will continue to do so, moving her fans and audiences alike.
Shennio Lin's EP will be available for purchase on the 1st of March, and is now available for pre-order on Books.tw.
Taken from: http://asianpopweekly.weebly.com/news-nuggets/shennio-lin-to-release-ep-after-12-years-titled-im-singing
01. Remembering You道聽塗說
02. A better tomorrow以後以後
03. Not that into you
04. Waiting for someone等一個人
03.很久很久以後Some time after
04.別來無恙 feat.韋禮安How have you been feat. Weibird Wei
05.落單Off the list
08.最好的安排 feat.梁靜茹 The best arrangement feat. Fish Leong
09.吻合Kiss and make up
10.大風吹Big wind blows
The beautiful Fan Fan has announced the release of her 10th album "Fan Fan's Thanksgiving" for the 9th of January next year.
The long-awaited album comes after the birth of her twins River and Ryan last year, and will be available for pre-order on the 22nd of December.
It will also feature collaborations with the likes of Lala Hsu, William Wei and Dawen Wang, hinting at some interesting collabs I'm super excited about!
Taken from: http://asianpopweekly.weebly.com/news-nuggets
ALBUM REVIEW: CHRISTINE FAN – “FAN FAN’S THANKSGIVING” (TAIWAN, 2016)Jocelle Koh | May 10, 2016 | Album Reviews, Reviews, Trending
Christine Fan‘s release of her latest album Fan Fan’s Thanksgiving signalled the long-awaited comeback of the singer, who went on hiatus due to the birth of her twin boys. Her new album is unsurprising in that it once again presents her brand of warm, calming pop; but differs from previous works in the new generation of songwriters she’s chosen to work with this time around including the likes of Dawen Wang and William Wei.
Fan Fan’s Thanksgiving signals a new stage of life for the singer, who has throughout the years transformed from a pop idol hosting talk shows, to a singer-songwriter experimenting with new genres. But much like her previous two albums, it seems Fan has gone back to the soothing style she’s more comfortable with, something that really shines through in her embodiment of the album.
The album pays homage to her signature warm, satisfying ballad sound with songs such as “感恩節 Thanksgiving” which are pleasant and allow Christine’s throaty vocals to envelop the listener’s ears, however many other tracks on the album have a tinge of difference to them, lending Fan’s music the pop of colour it needs to keep listeners hanging on.
One such song is “很久很久以後 Very very long ago”, which embodies a very listenable and slightly conventional melody, yet finds innovation in the relaxed dub step beat that carries the song’s arrangement. The beat in combination with the catchy melody caught my attention, and despite not having listened to the song much more than about 5 – 6 times I’m able to recall it instantly by memory.