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Change Me (Commemorate Edition) (CD+DVD) (With Shopping Bag) DVD Region All

Leehom Wang (Singer)
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Leehom Wang's highly anticipated new album is here! In 2006, the talented singer-songwriter was crowned the Best Male Mandarin Singer at the Golden Melody Awards, and staged a successful concert tour, bringing his music to fans throughout Asia. Beyond that, he devoted much of his time to acting in Ang Lee's new film Lust, Caution, set in 1930s Shanghai. With shooting finally wrapped up, Leehom is returning to music with the album Change My Ways.

In his last two albums, Heroes of Earth and Shangri-la, Leehom championed a fusion of hip hop and Chinese traditional music, a musical style that he dubbed "chinked-out". For his latest album, he is ready to "change his ways" and present a new image and new musical ventures. His latest album will take on a cleaner and more mellow sound, as can be heard in his new song "Falling Leaf Returns To Roots" (Track 3). The album also features a duet with S.H.E's Selina, "You Are the Song in My Heart" (Track 6), that sees Leehom singing in the Taiwanese dialect for the first time. No matter what musical direction the singer takes, it is clear the one thing that won't change is the quality, sincerity, and talent that comes with every Leehom Wang album.

This edition comes with a shopping bag and a DVD containing five music videos.

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Product Title: Change Me (Commemorate Edition) (CD+DVD) (With Shopping Bag) 改變自己 (影音慶功版) (CD+DVD) (連 環保袋) 改变自己 (影音庆功版) (CD+DVD) (连 环保袋) 改變自己 (影音慶功版) (CD+DVD+エコバッグ) Change Me (Commemorate Edition) (CD+DVD) (With Shopping Bag)
Singer Name(s): Leehom Wang (Singer) 王力宏 (Singer) 王力宏 力宏 (Singer) 王力宏(ワン・リーホン) (Singer) Leehom Wang (Singer)
Region Code: All Region What is it?
Release Date: 2007-09-12
Language: Mandarin
Country of Origin: Taiwan
Disc Format(s): CD
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Other Information: CD + DVD
Package Weight: 180 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
Publisher: Sony BMG Music Entertainment (Hong Kong) Limited
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1005020040

Product Information / Track List

口碑橫掃全亞洲 衝破人氣新巔峰
精采影音 熱賣加贈 豪華千萬預算拍攝
5首主打創作音樂錄影帶DVD

絕無僅有 限量搶鮮珍藏『改變自己樂團』公仔環保袋獨家享有
四款公仔設計 絕對超值收藏
(每張專輯附1個環保袋,圖案隨機選購)

CD
01. Intro
02. 改變自己
03. 落葉歸根
04. 創作前言
05. 我們的歌
06. 你是我心內的一首歌
07. 愛在哪裡
08. Cockney Girl
09. 不完整的旋律
10. 愛的鼓勵
11. 華人萬歲
12. 星期六的深夜

DVD
1. 落葉歸根
2. 改變自己
3. 你是我心內的一首歌
4. 我們的歌
5. Cockney Girl
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Professional Review of "Change Me (Commemorate Edition) (CD+DVD) (With Shopping Bag)"

August 27, 2007

This professional review refers to Change Me
Whether you like his "chinked-out" style or not, it's hard to deny the fact that Leehom Wang is one talented musician. On his latest album Change Me, Leehom was not only responsible for the recording of every song, he also wrote the music for nine of the ten tracks, the lyrics for seven, and played at least three different instruments throughout. Of course, while that doesn't automatically scream "quality", it certainly signals an artist that is confident in his work and has the talent to back it up. Change Me is supposed to be exactly what the title implies - a change in musical style. While I missed out on Leehom's previous album Heroes of Earth, Change Me shows a noticeably mellower Leehom, with a focus on slower and smoother R&B ballads. The result is a more listener-friendly album, but is it critic-friendly as well?

Despite the supposed focus on ballads, Change Me still features four fast tracks, showing that Leehom cannot fully leave the "chinked-out" genre alone after all. This is especially obvious in "Long Live the Chinese" (Track 11), where Leehom dives straight into the hip-hop genre by rapping about being proud of Chinese culture and the upcoming Olympics in China. However, Leehom and co-lyricist Yang Li-Tai's inability to even write rhyming lyrics show perhaps Leehom is better off leaving the "chinked-out" genre alone for good. More effective is opening title song "Change Me" (Track 2), yet another environmental awareness song that gives the album an energetic opening without writing preachy lyrics. Another bright spot is "Encouragement of Love" (Track 10), with Leehom channeling David Foster for a late 80s style American pop that is surprisingly fun with the piano-driven arrangement.

Otherwise, Change Me is dominated by Leehom's signature style of R&B ballads. One standout is "Our Song" (Track 5), in which Leehom takes three sections that sound derived from every R&B ballad ever written and blends them together for a fluid love song that works better than it should. However, the best among the R&B tracks is actually "You Are the Song in My Heart" (Track 6), a duet with S.H.E.'s Selina that yet again puts a traditional Chinese folk melody up against a Western R&B arrangement. Despite taking what can now be considered to be a tired Chinese pop cliché, the back-and-forth nature of the melody makes for a cute romantic duet. Unfortunately, its lyrics are not nearly as effective, suggesting that the song might not have been originally written as a duet.

Meanwhile, ballads that try to complete the trifecta of hit lovey-dovey ballads started by "Forever Love" (from the 2005 Shangri-La) and "Kiss Goodbye" (from 2006's Heroes of Earth) are not very successful this time around. While "An Incomplete Melody" (Track 9) and "Late Saturday Night" (Track 12) are well delivered and well produced, both feature pedestrian melodies that cannot measure up to the excess expectations put on Leehom after two ballads that excelled in every aspect.

In fact, the album's only track not written by Leehom, the beautifully written and arranged "Fallen Leaf Returns to Roots" (track 3), happens to be closest thing that comes to matching such expectations. As the longest track of the album, Leehom's vocal is at its most affecting, building up its emotions despite arranger Wu Ching-Long opting to not go for an overblown musical climax in the end. If "Roots" was actually written by Leehom like his two previous hits, it would've made the perfect ending to the trilogy. Nevertheless, "Roots" is easily the best song in Change Me, and is a worthy addition to Leehom's pantheon of hits.

Undoubtedly changed by his experience on the set of Ang Lee's Lust, Caution (the singer mentions the film several times in the liner notes), Leehom is showing a greater degree of maturity with Change Me. As the musical director of the album, Leehom is taking his music into the direction that pleases him, not what pleases the critics or his ambitions. No longer focused on making breakthroughs, Leehom shows that he is a continually evolving artist who is happy with just doing what he wants. While Change Me may not be the best album of his career, it's definitely his most confident one yet.

by Kevin Ma

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Customer Review of "Change Me (Commemorate Edition) (CD+DVD) (With Shopping Bag)"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7 out of 10 (2)
Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7.8 out of 10 (34)

musicman
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September 25, 2009

This customer review refers to Change Me (Commemorate Edition) (CD+DVD)
Simple but effective Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
"Change Me" is a great album, not the best but a great album and it's worth to listen to.
For this album, he's just returning in his roots like the song. Everybody attended he made another "chinked out" (me too) but he changed his music style and it had to disconcert the most of all.
But what it made that Leehom is a genius and the only one who can save the music's world is that he is always experimenting with his music, and does not specialize in a particular theme or genre.
And i think he is the only who do this in the music industry, always occur himsel again and again, living just for music.
Leehom is the best and i'll support him forever!
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emeraldchick
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November 28, 2007

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1 people found this review helpful

Great Album! Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
I love this album. It's new and different... more of a band-feel to it. I know it's not as catchy and new as his previous chinked-out stuff, but it goes to show you Leehom's ability to try new things. He's not sticking to the same style as before because he knows it will sell lots of albums/give him more of a super-star status. He's willing to push the envelope and challenge people's ears and minds. There are so many different influences in this album, such a diverse set of songs... the more you listen to it, the more addicted you will become. Also, I love how he attached the whole environmentally-friendly and the current situation in global warming. Plus, who can resist Leehom and his beautiful ballads? Track 12 is definitely my fave!!
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Jessie
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October 19, 2007

This customer review refers to Change Me (Preorder Edition) (With Poster)
2 people found this review helpful

Great album! Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
The professional reviewer doesn't even know what he's talking about. "Luo Ye Gui Gen" (Falling Leaf Returns to Roots) was written by Leehom... He was so inspired by Lust, Caution that he wrote the song and credited its composition to Kuang Yu Min (who is the character Leehom plays in the movie)...

This album didn't amaze me as much as Heroes of the Earth; however, I like the new styles he tried. "Luo Ye Gui Gen" is definitely one of his most gorgeous ballads ever, and it is definitely different from ballads he has written in the past. "Gai Bian Zi Ji" has the fresh rock feel that you haven't heard from Leehom in quite a while. "Wo Men De Ge" combines several different styles, and yet it still sounds very coherent. "Ai Zai Na Li" has a very smooth, light feel to it that reminds me of earlier ballads from the 90s. My favorite, "Ni Shi Wo Xin Nei De Yi Shou Ge," shows off Leehom's attempt at a very Taiwanese-sounding song, and it is absolutely gorgeous. The pairing of Leehom's voice along with Selina's gives a wonderful feel to this simple, yet touching song.
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Angeltien
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October 3, 2007

2 people found this review helpful

Mediocre Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
I would have to agree with the Professional Review, Kevin Ma. The previous album was fun and unique. This album is mellow. The only track that kept me going was Falling Leaf Return to Roots (track 3). I didn't care much of the other tracks.
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October 2, 2007

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2 people found this review helpful

so so disappointed Customer Review Rated Bad 2 - 2 out of 10
okay, so i liked lee hom's music when he was in the chinked-out phase ( have both his albums). and i believe he is very talented. but this album is truly boring. some ridiculously annoying songs like cockney girl and hua-ren wan sui didn't help. the rest are forgettable tunes. the only thing that will save the album is his already established star status....don't waste your money on this album.
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