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Denise Ho (Singer)
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Ten Days In The Madhouse (CD+DVD) (Limited Boxset)
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A peek at the track listing of Denise Ho's 2008 new album Ten Days in the Madhouse reveals a curious running theme - the ten new songs have 4-character titles taken from famous names, both of real celebrities and fictitious characters. First track "Aoyama Thelma", named after the Japanese singer, has already topped radio charts, and the next plug "Misora Hibari", paying fond tribute to the late Japanese artist, brings up the rear of the hall of fame that also includes the sorrowful "Young Werther" (Track 7), "Don Quixote" (Track 6), and "Kazami Shiro" (Track 9), the name of Kamen Rider V3.

The accompanying DVD features music videos of "Aoyama Thelma", "Misora Hibari", and "Young Werther", and the making-of for the videos shot by director Yan Yan Mak (Butterfly), who is a frequent collaborator of Denise's. This Limited Boxset Edition comes with a double-sided poster measuring 625mm x 500mm, a photo album, an illustrated booklet, and a 3D goo card.

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Product Title: Ten Days In The Madhouse (CD+DVD) (Limited Boxset) Ten Days In The Madhouse (CD+DVD) (首批限量Boxset版) Ten Days In The Madhouse (CD+DVD) (首批限量Boxset版) Ten Days In The Madhouse (CD+DVD) (初回限定BOXセット版) Ten Days In The Madhouse (CD+DVD) (Limited Boxset)
Singer Name(s): Denise Ho (Singer) 何 韻詩 (Singer) 何 韵诗 (Singer) 何韻詩 (デニス・ホー) (Singer) Denise Ho (Singer)
Region Code: All Region What is it?
Release Date: 2008-12-12
Language: Cantonese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Disc Format(s): CD
Picture Format: PAL What is it?
Other Information: CD + DVD
Package Weight: 220 (g)
Shipment Unit: 2 What is it?
Publisher: East Asia Music
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1013750663

Product Information / Track List

HOCC何韻詩 08壓軸廣東大碟 “Ten Days In The Madhouse”CD+DVD
碟內收錄10首全新歌曲, 3首MV (麥婉欣-拍攝) 及 MV製作花絮
推介電台No.1歌曲 “青山黛瑪”及 接力主打 “美空雲雀”

首批限量Boxset版 內附(特大雙面海報625mm x 500mm / 相冊 / 插畫集 及 3D goo Card)

CD
01. 青山黛瑪
02. 安妮寶貝
03. 楊子經書
04. 丹賴斯隊
05. 查理淑儀
06. 堂吉訶德
07. 少年維特
08. 愛德蒙多
09. 風見志郎
10. 美空雲雀

DVD
01. 青山黛瑪 MV
02. 少年維特 MV
03. 美空雲雀 MV
Bonus track
04. "Ten Days in the Madhouse" - Making-of



*有關3D goo Card的玩法, 請看圖片廊的"HOW TO PLAY"官方解釋圖片及GOOMUSIC官方網頁。
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Professional Review of "Ten Days In The Madhouse (CD+DVD) (Limited Boxset)"

January 12, 2009

After wrapping up her works so far at East Asia Records, Denise Ho delivers her most ambitious project yet with Ten Days in the Madhouse. Released with a documentary by Hong Kong director Yan Yan Mak (Butterfly) and an exhibition for charity, Denise shows that a multimedia project by a musician can be about something more important than clothing tie-ins. As the title suggests, the Ten Days in the Madhouse project is mainly out to show a kinder perspective of society's outcasts, including recovering mental patients. Having a Hong Kong pop album that's not all about broken hearts and dancing already earns it plenty of points for effort.

Similar to Andy Hui's 2006 album In the Name Of... (a very underrated album), each track in Ten Days in the Madhouse is titled after a person's name. This brought the album's first controversy when opening track "Castle Peak Thelma" (Track 1) was played at radio stations. The Chinese characters for Castle Peak (as in Hong Kong's Castle Peak Hospital, known for treating major mental disorders) are the same as the Japanese surname "Aoyama". This sparked the anger of Hong Kong fans of the Japanese singer, who accused Denise of exploiting their idol's name and undermining it with its connection to the hospital. Ironically, this ended up exposing some Hong Kongers' prejudice towards mental health patients by giving the term "Castle Peak" a negative connotation.

"Castle Peak Thelma" is actually about envying the character Thelma and her seclusion in Castle Peak from the craziness of the real world. Wyman Wong's lyrics are as haunting and beautifully written as the composition. Most notable is the star of the album, Denise Ho, who tones down the strong lower range of her voice and presents a more vulnerable side of herself to show the unspeakable pressure of the outside world.

Surprisingly, "Castle Peak Thelma" and all the other songs on Ten Days in the Madhouse are co-written and co-produced by Singaporean musician Hanjin Chen, who made a name for himself as one of Hong Kong's best R&B/hip-hop producers. Here, Chen shows his musical versatility not only by producing, but also composing songs of various genres. While he does offer some R&B-dance style songs, he also writes ballads and even light rock tracks. Of course, with multiple names credited under each track, Ten Days in the Madhouse is also a strong group effort.

The album isn't exactly the usual pop album. While it does feature music from pop genres such as ballads, it also deals with social matters that pop music normally wouldn't touch. What Denise and the team do at points is disguise the issues in a pop style, so one might listen to what sounds like a pop ballad and realize later that the song is about a far more serious theme. One of these songs would be "Young Werther" (Track 7), a dark power ballad whose Wyman Wong-penned lyrics is actually about pessimistic, misunderstood youths and based on the literary classic The Sorrows of Young Werther. Even the energetic dance tracks are about more than they sound. "The Book of Yeung Zi" (Track 3) may sound like the next concert dance song for Joey Yung, but the lyrics by Chow Yiu-Fai are actually about people who don't give up seats for the elderly on public transportation.

The biggest surprise of Ten Days in the Madhouse is that it's musically over-produced in order to disguise its true substance. The subject matters of the project risk being too serious for general pop fans to swallow, so the team disguises it with bombastic production values and over-the-top composition and arrangements in order to retain some kind of entertainment value. One can easily listen through the entire album and enjoy purely the musical aspect of these songs. However, those who go in knowing the ambition of the project but without the ability to understand the lyrics may find some of the ballads too gentle and cookie-cutter to stand out.

That is ultimately the one major imperfection of the album. Denise and her team are so caught up in the project and how the lyrics carry the subject matter that the music sometimes feels like second priority. Even though ballads such as "Charlie Suk-Yee" (Track 5) and "Edmondo" (Track 8) feature well-written lyrics that fit the conceptual scheme, they are overshadowed by some of the more exciting songs of the album and are too easily forgettable. Nevertheless, Ten Days in the Madhouse is the most ambitious Cantopop album since Juno Mak's Chapel of Dawn, and certainly deserves at least the same amount of praise for its musical aspects as its good intentions.

Recommended Tracks - "Castle Peak Aoyama" (Track 1), "Annie Baby" (Track 2), "Book of Yeung Zi" (Track 3), "Denise Queue" (Track 4), "Young Werther" (Track 7), "Kazami Shiro" (Track 9), "Misora Hibari" (Track 10)

by Kevin Ma

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Customer Review of "Ten Days In The Madhouse (CD+DVD) (Limited Boxset)"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.5 out of 10 (4)
Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6.7 out of 10 (6)

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May 12, 2009

Meaningful lyric Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
Just received this in the mail and Love HOCC's work... her ability to communicate such meaningful topic through her songs is a gift. I do enjoy this album very much... 少年維特 is one of my favorite from this album.
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March 22, 2009

Thelma in the Wonderland Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
A quite in-depth album raising various issues and concerns of our society. Many not be excelllent in terms of music, but its messages are wholehearted and truthful. I think is a rare album in recent Chinese pop music.
Listen to the different styles of songs, and understanding the numerous aspects of reality reflected in the arrangements and lyrics, you'll realise how big the Madhouse is among us.

So, I was quite puzzled when I played this in the computer, 1/2 star came out of ... seems nowhere. More fair judgments are deserved for this project. It is never too late.
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January 14, 2009

This customer review refers to Ten Days In The Madhouse (CD+DVD) (Limited Boxset) (With Album Poster)
Horrible Songs Customer Review Rated Bad 0 - 0 out of 10
This CD is horrible. None of the songs have any tune or rhythm to it. I don't know how anyone can rate it anyway near being good. Denise is a good singer but this CD is not even worth a shot.
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January 11, 2009

Ambitious work Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
This is a serious and compelling album. The music is complex and challenging, Denise Ho pushes her vocals to new heights, and the lyrics go way beyond the usual k-songs. Yes, it's artsy, but is that a reason to give a work one star?! Anyway, it's encouraging to see a successful musician like Ho take her craft seriously and not rest on her laurels. This CD will find a place next to Sandy Lam's Wildflower on my shelf.
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January 8, 2009

Powerful & Thought-Provoking Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Denise Ho has truly outdone herself this time around, producing one of the most thought-provoking and meaningful albums of the year. "Ten Days..." explores the "madhouse" that is our society with 10 new tracks, each conveying a message about the (dysfunctional?) world we live in.

For those who are partial to k-songs, this album may not be what you are looking for. However, those who take the time and patience to interpret each song's underlying message will find this album to be a breath of fresh air. Each track (and its title) revolves around things that make our society defective: being "insane", poverty, selfishness, the education system, teenage angst, etc.

While the theme of the album deals with intriguing issues, the music itself is equally compelling. This is especially evident with Denise Ho's touching vocals in "青山黛瑪," her haunting voice in "少年維特," and her wide musical range in "美空雲雀." With brand new collaborations with Hanjin, the mixings of "楊子經書" and "丹賴斯隊" are quite bold and eccentric.

Overall, this album is very worthy of a listen. It is rare to find an album with such a heavy theme, and even more rare to find an artist like Denise Ho who cares enough to produce an album that delivers such critical messages to listeners. HOCC, I salute you.
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