Album Name : Story Thief 偷故事的人
Release Date: 19/12/2017
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By Matt Taylor
It’s impossible to discuss the landscape of Mandopop without paying homage to A-Mei 張惠妹. Over an illustrious 22 year career she has established herself as a vocal powerhouse without peers, become a renowned ally to Taiwan’s Aboriginal and LGBT people, and one of the most most iconic artists in Mandopop history, selling over 50 million records in the process.
Rather than relying on past glories, A-Mei has continued to persevere in not only making music which can capture the ears and hearts of Mandopop fans around the world, but also attempt to challenge herself artistically, and perhaps nowhere is that more evident than her sixteenth studio album Story Thief 偷故事的人. The record exists on an entirely different side of the spectrum to 2015’s Amit 2 阿密特2 and even her most recent Utopia World Tour 烏托邦世界巡迴演唱會: Whereas Amit 2 saw her seethe, snarl and scream over angry heavy metal riffs, and the Utopia Tour saw A-Mei delivery high energy choreography and explosive performances, Story Thief is instead a significantly more subdued moment: a perhaps purposeful move. We see a new side of A-Mei - one who is a story teller.