Yumiko's Space (AVCD)
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YesAsia Editorial Description
Yumiko stuns her fans this summer with her sexy Arabian costumes - tube-top and low-waists - when singing her latest smash hit "Arabian Market". In the MV for the song, she performs some special Arabian dances to go with an exotic melody. Good at dancing as she is, Yumiko finds some of the dance moves very difficult and challenging. Now this glamorous MV, with Yumiko wearing plenty of ornaments in Arabian style, is also collected in Yumiko's Space! Also featuring her power-packed tune "Wind, Thunder, Electricity" among the 10 new songs in the album.
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|Singer Name(s):||Yumiko Cheng 鄭 希怡 郑 希怡 鄭希怡（ユミコ・チェン） Yumiko Cheng|
|Disc Format(s):||CD, AVCD|
|Package Weight:||180 (g)|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|Publisher:||EEG Emperor Entertainment Group (HK)|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1004022011|
Product Information / Track List
02. 阿拉伯市場 (MV)
12. 想 (國語)
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Professional Review of "Yumiko's Space (AVCD)"
After achieving a degree of critical success with 2004s Perfect Date, Yumiko Cheng's new album takes her in a direction no one saw coming: 80s style techno-pop. Producer Carl Ng, with Eric Kwok and People Mountain People Sea's Pixel Toy might have produced Yumiko's best album yet with Yumiko's Space. The refreshing mix of techno-pop, that is rarely seen in Canto-pop, and a proper amount of 80s nostalgia make this album a much-needed breath of fresh air in the Hong Kong music scene.
The album starts off with the rather limp first single, Arabian Market. The up tempo song contains some of the most irrelevant lyrics of the year, and was inexplicably chosen as the opening track, giving listeners a false impression of what the rest of the album might be like. Yumiko's Space, in reality, starts on track 2 with second single Want. The atmospheric mid-beat track attracts listeners with an arrangement that sets up the tone of the album. Yumiko's vocal isn't particularly strong, but the softness of it fits the groovy nature of the track.
The rest of the album is a string of fast songs that have a consistent tone, making it easy for listeners to zip through the entire album in one run without getting bored. Some of the standout tracks include the Pixel Toy-produced Lazy Pronunciation Poet, which is playfully dark and suitable for Yumiko, despite being in an unfamiliar genre with a new songwriter. The Eric Kwok-produced Lost Umbrella is a nice blend of 80s techno-pop and R&B that is undemanding on both Yumiko's voice and the listeners. Wander is a fun track that conveys the lyrics perfectly with a sense of dizziness and a touch of 70s Disco to boot. Even the obligatory ballad Wind Thunder, placed wisely at the end of the album, is a better-than-average diversion that listeners should listen out for. Lastly, it should be noted that the obligatory mandarin cover of Want is arranged differently to the original Cantonese version. It's not a very effective remix, but the effort is duly noted.
As for Yumiko, this album shows very little improvement in her vocals. In fact, a lot of the songs seem to be tailored to pose very little challenge to the singer. Yumiko claims that her demanding producers made Yumiko's Space a very demanding album to record, and it seems as though the extra effort has paid off. What Yumiko may lack in range and strength, her producers more than compensate for with their masterful arrangements, delivering an album that may well be the highlight of her career to date.
By Kevin Ma
Customer Review of "Yumiko's Space (AVCD)"
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November 5, 2005
|Wow, a Chinese album with only one ballad on it. I'm impressed. Yumiko sings in a lovely husky voice, backed with 80's synth-pop a la Tommy February6 (though not as extreme as Tommy) and overall she made a lovely impression on me. My favourite track overall is the mandarin version of Seung, it has such a lovely beat to it, and the new arrangement is much better than the original xD|
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October 22, 2005
Wasup!! This album was great! This Cd has a variety of dancing tracks with Arabian Market the best song on the album. Track 6 is a great song too. Other tracks that are great are......go buy da album and find out urself!!
July 25, 2005
Yea,I love almost all of the songs in the album.
Can somebody please translate what the first song means, "Arabian Market"? Thnx!
I 've been listening to too much of TWINS and it's safe for me to say it's not healthy at all! LOL.
It's great to change your music direction once in a while. And she reminds me of an Asian version of Kylie Minogue(her voice & music style).
In addition, I am a die hard club gal, so I admire techno music.Hahaha.
July 23, 2005
|This album is a lot more electronic and techno and it's good to see Yumiko change the style of her music from pop, rock, hip-hop to electronic which in this album makes Yumiko's voice a lot more powerful and more strong. And it's good to see her back with a new album, new style of music, and a new Yumiko that shines through your eyes.|
July 21, 2005
|Well, i gotta say, even though i'm not her fan, this album is quite good. especially track# 3,4,7,8,12,13. Everytime i listen to her albums, the first time is was not that good, but as she grew on, her voice was getting better, and her songs were now stronger ,catchy, and could grab my attention. This CD is worth the money as for the wonderful effort of Yumiko!|