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Waiting (EP)

William Chan (Singer)
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Following a breakout year that saw his star rise precipitously thanks to a fan-favorite role in the mega-hit drama Swords of Legend, William Chan makes his return to the music world amid a busy acting schedule in Waiting! The EP features "Two on the Road," an insert song in Swords of Legend, "Guarding Wordlessly," an insert song in the just-concluded drama The Four, Triad theme song "Borrow and Return" and the brand new song "Want to Embrace You."
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Product Title: Waiting (EP) 等等 (EP) 等等 (EP) 等等 (EP) Waiting (EP)
Singer Name(s): William Chan (Singer) 陳 偉霆 (Singer) 陈 伟霆 (Singer) 陳偉霆 (ウィリアム・チャン) (Singer) William Chan (Singer)
Release Date: 2015-06-17
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Place of Origin: Hong Kong
Disc Format(s): CD
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
Publisher: EEG Emperor Entertainment Group (HK)
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1043809101

Product Information / Track List

愈是等待 愈是掛念
好想抱著陳偉霆

全新 EP [等等]
收錄4首熱播影視歌曲
重點推介 無言守候

1. 兩人行 (電視劇 “古劍奇譚” 插曲) (國語) 新歌
2. 好想抱著你 (國語) 新歌
3. 無言守候 (電視劇”少年四大名捕”插曲) (國語) 新歌
4. 有借有還 (電影”紮職”主題曲)
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YumCha! Asian Entertainment Reviews and Features

Professional Review of "Waiting (EP)"

July 8, 2015

The entertainment industry is still a place where dreams are made after all. A few days difference can make you see someone in completely new light. Such is the case of William Chan who had worked for many years without a breakthrough in Hong Kong. Who would have thought that within a few years in Mainland China, he would acquire immense popularity and transform into one of China's top young actors.

EEG just released William's new EP Waiting which set off a buying frenzy in Hong Kong and China. On YesAsia.com, the album was not only selling out during preorder, as reported by the media, but also rivaling the yesteryear sales of A-list Hong Kong and Taiwan superstars. One cannot underestimate William's huge appeal in China and the huge buying power of "Queens" (William Chan fans).

Waiting is William's first solo album in three years, and also his seventh album overall. The EP contains four tracks, including three Mandarin songs and one Cantonese song. Three of them are theme songs, including The Four's "Guarding Wordlessly," Swords of Legend's "Two on the Road" and Hong Kong gangster film Triad's "Borrow and Return." Clearly, this EP is leveraging William's high popularity in China and answering market demand.

The EP's songs are produced by Tan Xuan, Schumann, Liao Zhihua and Ronald Ng, but as this isn't a complete or newly planned album, the producers' roles are limited to each single and do not provide any concept or direction for the EP as a whole. However, all the songs are medium-tempo ballads; combined with the cover and the photos in the lyric booklet, the album does create a deep and sentimental image. To be fair, the album's songs are above average. They're listenable, easy to remember, quite catchy and decently produced, and love songs are undeniably the type of music most fans like. However, the songs don't seem very distinctive or tailored for the singer.

When it comes time for the record company and producer to prepare a completely new album, hopefully they will invest more time and resources into developing a stronger musical style for William and think more about what kind of album concept and theme would best showcase William's image. Anyways, as he's already demonstrated his strong sales, this kind of investment will yield returns.

As for William's vocal performance, it's not too different from before. His singing can still use more practice to become stronger, but he handles the emotional interpretation fine and brings his own appeal to the songs. Young female fans should be happy. William's Mandarin pronunciation has definitely improved, but could still be more accurate and natural. It's worth mentioning that his performance on the Cantonese song "Borrow and Return" is actually the most notable. One can tell that he put his heart into singing it.

The EP's first track "Two on the Road" is an insert song for Swords of Legend. The melody is smooth and memorable, with a thoughtful arrangement that brings out a serene atmosphere. The feelings written in the lyrics come off sincere, and William's vocal performance is also good. He sounds calm and affecting, but the Mandarin pronunciation in this song isn't natural enough.

"Want To Embrace You" is a mainstream lyrical ballad with a melody that's easy to remember but not notable. Both the Chinese and English lyrics are perfectly adequate and again easy to remember. Overall, it's the kind of the song that should be popular at karaoke. The other TV drama theme "Guarding Wordlessly," composed by EEG labelmate Adason Lo, has an attractive melody and gentle lyrics and William's interpretation is heartfelt and on point, showing improvement from before.

Movie theme song "Borrow and Return" is actually the most outstanding song of the album. The sound is very Hong Kong style, and the melody and lyrics accurately capture the mood of triad brotherhood films. I found the song ear-catching when I watched the movie, and William's singing is quite mature and reminiscent of Ekin Cheng's "Days of Friendship."

by Stephen Lee

(Translation: Sanwei)

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