Each and every one of Peggy's albums deserve an album concept review. Why? Because they all come with seamless themes that take you to different magical worlds each time. To her, music is not just an album, but an experience. Her music tantalises your ears and your eyes, each being an audiovisual experience different and more ambitious than the last.
This time around, Peggy has chosen to create a Jazz-themed album, which I hear is something she's wished to do for a while. Cue the entrance of 1920's Peggy as she brings us into the Swing era of Jazz, one that suits her bubbly yet mellow and enchanting personality perfectly. Her vocals a little different from before, Peggy croons like she's lived in the speakeasy age all her life, each note smooth like gold. Against the backdrop of traditional Jazz instruments such as the brass , Jazz drums and bass, she's feeling right at home.
To hear what I'm talking about, check out her single <Mr Dove>.
Finally after a break of one and a half years, Ann is really bursting at the seams to share her new music with each and every one of her fans! She's written a little spiel about the writing and creative process behind each of the songs from the album, as well as explained the overarching concept of her album really well in a Facebook message to fans. Who better to hear it from than Ann herself, right? Her album concept has made me realise that albums shouldn't be created with concepts which are artificial; superficial, just for the sake of making yourself look better. It has to have-to some point-an element of organic creativity and inspiration to really help listeners connect to the songs and the concept. That's what makes it real, and recreates the experience for listeners, turning art into a whole new reality. Definitely Ann's album is full of refreshing creativity, but what makes it stand out in a crowd is the way she creates an eclectic yet whole atmosphere for this album; changing, twisting and merging from uncertainty to rebelliousness to envy in love. So what's next for you? If you ask me, I know with unnerving certainty what I'll be doing next-getting my hands on the next available copy of ANN's album.
Here's her album concept as per below; English translations provided!
As the album title suggests , Genie tries to find her real self , and starts as many do in rebellious stages of teenage adolescence or mid-life crises: by switching from one end of the spectrum(cutesy good girl) to the other(1st track in album 反派(villain)).This album follows her through , from rebelling against the image set for her by society's expectations into a more reflective state , in which she finds herself through interaction with a hypothetical former lover （髒兮兮). Her realisation in this track is symbolic of self-growth , and follows her as she learns to accept and becomes more willing to find herself.(想飞的自由落体）Most interesting is how on this journey she begins to ponder aspects of human condition , and questions the way people tell lies and mistruths in order to prevent others from becoming hurt , by these metaphorical needles of truth. (针）Must we treat truth as a bad thing ? Does it not complicate things further rather than solving them? As a break from all the deep reflecting , she turns to her rebellious side once again , with <哇哇叫> , in which she is able to find her own voice and stand up for herself. Then comes the periods of sudden anxiety and depression (恐慌症）which points to the same question as does Shakespeare's Hamlet: what is the meaning of life? what is our purpose? It is the depression talking , when one feels all alone , but yet is all the depressing talk all nonsense?Genie sings ; (translated)"Everything is fake , only loneliness is real.Even if I'm gone , no one will remember me and miss me." Ponder this thought for yourself. This album serves as a journey through periods of self-reflection , in which Genie finally comes to accept herself Just The Way She Is.
This release was released early this year , but it has a really meaningful concept that deserves an explanation. The Album is titled <15> , which is symbolic to Khalil as 15 was the age at which he first learned to play the guitar. Now , the meaning behind this album is simple , but Khalil uses not the lyrics of his songs to build on his concept , as many artists do. Instead , he uses different styles of music which he used to listen to when he himself was 15 to make this album his . Through his lyrics, he concentrates instead on the more modern issues which plague today's society . In this , it is reminiscent of past styles of artists such as The Late Michael Jackson. The styles in the album are a blend that he elicits from his heros , Jimi Hendrix , Eric Clapton and B.B King. He bases most of his album on Gospel Rock , a style which Soul and Blues music originated from. The ideas that his album stands for are simple and innocent ; ideals of Khalil , addressing society's issues in a lighthearted manners. If only all the problems of the world could be solved as easily as the ideals suggest ; in that sense , this indeed is the optimistic mindset of a 15 year old.
The title of the album is <我们会更好的> , which means "we will be better". The album marks the year in which A-Lin was able to celebrate her 28th birthday , and she bases the significance of being 28 years old on a saying which her mother taught her , which roughly translates as: "At 8 years old you get your own desk , at 18 you truly fall in love for the first time , and at 28 you can fianlly be independent and self-reliant." A-Lin also states that being 28 means that she is now able to take control of her life , and she wishes to tell all her listeners that it doesn't matter how old you are ; this album teaches all of us to look at life with a more optimistic approach towards one's life , because "we will be better" , roughly speaking. Most of the songs on this album are also centred upon the idea of taking control and no matter how the song is styled , whether it be a ballad or an upbeat song , they all do present a more optimistic approach towards love and life.