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Against The Light (2nd Limited Edition) (CD+DVD) (Taiwan Version)
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This version comes as CD + DVD combo featuring 10 live tracks plus 5 MV clips.

After an extensive hiatus from her career, Mando-pop chanteuse Stefanie Sun is more than ready to return to the music scene. Stefanie's new album, Against the Light, revolves around the idea of a never-ending source of energy. According to the singer, staring at her loved one gives her the strength to believe and to continue with whatever lies ahead of her. This is exactly what can be heard in the titular song (Track 2) which comes as a mid-tempo tune with piano and string accompaniment and of course Stefanie's unique vocals. "What I Miss" (Track 5) and "Whirlpool" (Track 9) are two profound ballads with story-like lyrics that are sure to touch the listeners in all the right places. "Dream Journey" (Track 3) is a more carefree song with a unique classic arrangement.

Another highlight on this ten-track album is the rock ballad "Floating" (Track 7) which starts with piano accompaniment and centers on Stefanie's vocal strength as the song's intensity increases towards the end with strong chorus arrangements. Last but not least, the album also contains the romantic "Needing You" (Track 10) which creates an enchanting atmosphere through a simple but captivating string arrangement.

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Product Title: Against The Light (2nd Limited Edition) (CD+DVD) (Taiwan Version) 逆光 (影音限定版) (CD+DVD) (台灣版) 逆光 (影音限定版) (CD+DVD) (台湾版) 逆光(影音限定版)(CD+DVD)(台灣版) Against The Light (2nd Limited Edition) (CD+DVD) (Taiwan Version)
Singer Name(s): Stefanie Sun 孫燕姿 孙燕姿 孫燕姿(ステファニー・スン) Stefanie Sun
Region Code: All Region What is it?
Release Date: 2007-05-08
Language: Mandarin
Place of Origin: Taiwan
Disc Format(s): CD
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Other Information: CD + DVD
Package Weight: 130 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
Publisher: EMI (TW)
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004778551

Product Information / Track List

千萬規格打造十首主打十足誠意
蟬聯各大音樂排行榜口碑冠軍盤 孫燕姿 逆光影音限定版

DVD 收錄完整逆光慶功演唱會 LIVE 10曲目+ 5支主打MV

紙上MV幕後紀錄影輯 獨家驚喜再擁有
百張私密回憶檔案照 和孫燕姿一起紙上夢遊

CD
01. In The Beginning
02. 逆光
03. 夢遊
04. 咕嘰咕嘰
05. 我懷念的
06. 安寧
07. 飄著
08. 愛情的花樣
09. 漩渦
10. 我需要你
11. 關於
12. Afterward

DVD
<第一篇> 孫燕姿 逆光慶功演唱會 漁人碼頭精采LIVE
01. 咕嘰咕嘰
02. 夢遊
03. 漩渦
04. 安寧
05. 愛情的花樣
06. 需要你
07. 飄著
08. 我懷念的
09. 關於
10. 逆光
<第二篇>「逆光」專輯5支強打MV
1.逆光
2.我懷念的
3.咕嘰咕嘰
4.夢遊
5.飄著
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Professional Review of "Against The Light (2nd Limited Edition) (CD+DVD) (Taiwan Version)"

April 20, 2007

This professional review refers to Against The Light (Hong Kong Version)
It's hard to believe, but Against the Light already marks Stephanie Sun's ninth album in seven years, and that's including the year-and-a-half hiatus she just took. A new record company, however, doesn't necessarily mean a new style, especially when she only joined EMI to follow former Warner executive Sam Chen. While Against the Light shows that Sun is beginning to take charge of her style by taking on the executive producer position, the Singaporean pop diva found her critical and commercial success with the karaoke-friendly Taiwanese pop formula, and she's not about to change a thing.

The reason why Against the Light feels a bit like déjà vu is because frequent collaborators Peter and Paul Lee, who penned some of Stephanie's biggest hits over the years, contributed six of the ten songs on the album. Thankfully, not only has the hiatus helped prevent the redundancy felt in some of Stephanie's previous albums, the Lees also wrote some of the most solid songs of the album. Peter, who also wrote Stephanie's breakout hit "Dark Dark Sky", turns in some very different work, though none of them matches the success of "Dark Dark Sky".

His first effort, Gugigugi (Track 4), is the first fast song of the album, and gives Stephanie the opportunity to let loose with her vocals. While the melody relies too much on repetition, the slow bridge section provides a nice contrast, and the rap actually shows Stephanie having some fun in the studio, as opposed to most of the other melancholic ballads that fill Against the Light. Peter Lee also turns in one of the more solid slow ballads of the album with Unforgettable (Track 5). An unofficial companion piece to "I'm Not Sad" from her 2003 album To Be Continued in melody and tone, Unforgettable gives Stephanie's controlled vocals (sometimes too controlled) a workout as her singing matches the slow build up of intensity in the arrangement. It's not as memorable as "I'm Not Sad", as the melody seems to lose its direction towards the bridge, but karaoke fans will have a field day with this one.

Meanwhile, Paul Lee actually turns in the best song of the album with solid opening track Against the Light, a mid-beat ballad with a catchy chorus that elicits an image of Stephanie standing next to a cliff with her arms wide open, singing with the wind blowing on her face. As an opening track, it's as catchy and concert-ready as they come. Paul's sole fast song is A Flourish of Love (Track 8), a time warp to 80s British pop blended with a bit of 60s Motown sassiness that once again sees Stephanie loosening up. It's fun, and it lightens the up the tone of the album, but fails to be as memorable as Peter's Gugigugi.

Other contributors also bring in solid efforts, such as Sleep-walk (Track 3), a classical-inspired ballad that follows up nicely after Against the Light, though it does not make much of an impression. The Stephanie Sun-produced double feature I Need You (Track 10) and There's Something About (Track 11) are in two of Stephanie's most-explored genres - ballad and European midbeat pop. While both are commendable efforts, they don't quite stand out as anything more than side tracks.

Much of Against the Light is business as usual, taking on the typical listener-friendly tone. It achieves its goal by bringing back the old Stephanie Sun, and it does so in a fairly harmless and mature fashion. For fans of Mandarin pop, this is the closest thing to a critic-proof album - it has catchy pop songs that sound fairly original, Stephanie's vocals are as solid as ever, and it even features attractive photos of Stephanie in Egypt (despite the crew's well-publicized run-in with extortionists during the shoot). It's not a standout pop album by any standards, but it does its job well enough that it's already one of the best-selling Mandarin albums of the year. That can obviously mean only one thing: Welcome back, Stephanie. You were missed.

by Kevin Ma

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Customer Review of "Against The Light (2nd Limited Edition) (CD+DVD) (Taiwan Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8.4 out of 10 (5)

Kevin Kennedy
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December 29, 2007

This customer review refers to Against The Light (Taiwan Preorder Version)
She gets better and better! Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
"Against the Light" is yet another fine album by the mesmerising talent of Stefanie Sun. Her fragile, yearning voice is in excellent form here and is supported by an endlessly fascinating set of songs. Even when she makes a mistake in selecting a song (and I think there is only one mistake on this album), it is an interesting, very listenable mistake.

It is easy to take Sun Yan Zi for granted. She has been cranking out excellent albums like "Against the Light" for years and rarely makes a professional misstep. I fear that one day we will wake up to find that she has retired and we will not have sufficiently appreciated Stefanie's achievements.

Anyone who has enjoyed Stefanie's music in the past will embrace this album. She sounds like no one else. And her boundless creativity is well displayed on "Against the Light". I recommend it very highly.
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Richard3
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October 2, 2007

This customer review refers to Against The Light (Taiwan Postcard Preorder Version)
Worth the money!! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I love this album, simply because it is very "Sun Yanzi". Have been playing it over and over again. Love the GuJiGuJi song. And really like GuanYu. The way she sings is so unique and so mesmerizing that I can play her albums over and over again,...
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Lynn
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August 25, 2007

This customer review refers to Against The Light (Taiwan Preorder Version)
just love it! Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
i finally got my original copy of the album. every since the album has been out, i've been only listening to "Unforgettable or What I miss" track #5. now that i got the chance to listen every single track on this album, i have to say that i am very impress. i enjoyed track #2, #4, #5, #6, #9, #10, and #11. the other tracks are enjoyable as well, but i like it when she sings ballads. of course, that is just personal preferences. if you haven't heard of stefanie sun (Yanzi), this is a good time to listen to her. you won't be disappointed. 0=)
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aiwa
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May 16, 2007

This customer review refers to Against The Light (2nd Limited Edition) (CD+DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
fantastic album Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
new fantastic album especially track 2, 3, 4 , 5 & 9.
for track what I miss is very touching & dream journey very light & fresh
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May 6, 2007

This customer review refers to Against The Light (2nd Limited Edition) (CD+DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
4 people found this review helpful

Nice cover and... well dats it Customer Review Rated Bad 4 - 4 out of 10
This was a big disappointment. I found not one song i liked, they were all pretty boring. For most of the songs, i was just waiting for a big chorus, but it never showed up. Aside from the nice cover, there was nothing else worth it.
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