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The Era (Taiwan Version)

Jay Chou (Singer)
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The Era (Taiwan Version)
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This is what we've all been waiting for - a brand new album from Jay Chou! In the year and a half since his last Mando-pop masterpiece Capricorn, the Taiwanese superstar has kept himself busy with his movie engagements. He has even made his first idol drama, and taken the first step in his Hollywood venture. In 2010, his 10th year as a singer-songwriter, Jay returns to lead Chinese pop music into a brave new era. His highly anticipated 10th album will be released in May, which will be followed by a world tour beginning in June. The first single off the album is called "This Superhero Can't Fly", in which Jay sings about the downside of fame as he learned firsthand through an eventful decade in the show business.
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Product Title: The Era (Taiwan Version) 跨時代 (珍藏紙盒版) (台灣版) 跨时代 (珍藏纸盒版) (台湾版) 跨時代(紙ケース入り)(台湾版) The Era (Taiwan Version)
Singer Name(s): Jay Chou (Singer) 周 杰倫 (Singer) 周 杰伦 (Singer) 周杰倫 (ジェイ・チョウ) (Singer) Jay Chou (Singer)
Release Date: 2010-05-24
Language: Mandarin
Country of Origin: Taiwan
Disc Format(s): CD
Other Information: CD + DVD
Package Weight: 240 (g)
Shipment Unit: 2 What is it?
Publisher: Sony Music Entertainment (TW)
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1022553232

Product Information / Track List

跨越自己 創新時代
周杰倫 2010第十輯【跨時代】
跨樂古今.飛越想像.創意絕倫.超時感動

首波主打: 超人不會飛

CD
01. 跨時代
02. 說了再見
03. 煙花易冷
04. 免費教學錄影帶
05. 好久不見
06. 雨下一整晚
07. 嘻哈空姐
08. 我落淚。情緒零碎
09. 愛的飛行日記
10. 自導自演
11. 超人不會飛

DVD
1. 超人不會飛 MV
2. 免費教學錄影帶 MV
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Professional Review of "The Era (Taiwan Version)"

June 29, 2010

This professional review refers to The Era (3D Metal Case Limited Edition) (Hong Kong Preorder Version) (With Badges)
When Jay Chou released his first album in 2000, there was little doubt about his musical talent as he showed a knack for composing simple, catchy melodies. Jay captured the minds of fans worldwide and opened them to a new kind of Chinese pop music. However no one would've predicted that in ten short years, the stoic singer would become an entertainment juggernaut. He is Taiwan's and perhaps Asia's biggest star, only rivaled by Rain. He has already conquered the music world and has now moved on to films, appearing as an actor and director. Next year Chou will enter Hollywood as he plays Kato in the movie adaptation of the American TV show The Green Hornet, a role previously portrayed by the one and only Bruce Lee. It is because of these new ventures that in 2009 Chou broke from his tradition of releasing one new album each year. But now he's back with record number 10.

One of the best traits of Chou is his aforementioned composing talent. He has a great ear for sounds and isn't afraid to experiment with all sorts of music. He has previously incorporated classical and traditional Chinese music as well as unique sounds like the sound of bouncing ping pong balls into hit songs. In The Era, the talented musician tries out the latest craze in hip-hop, the auto-tune, in two songs. In the first one, the title track (Track 1), Chou perfectly utilizes the robotic sounds the tool lends to his voice and blends it into the fast-paced rap song and its synthesized chorus complete with heavy guitar riffs and quick strikes of piano keys. However in Xi Ha Kong Jie ("Hip-hop Stewardess" - Track 7), he overdepends on the auto-tune and ruins an acceptable song with decent beats. The auto-tune is mainly a tool for those who can't carry a note and Chou has proven in his previous nine records that he can. It is good in small doses but can never carry the bulk of a song.

Besides the auto-tune, the record also features songs in Chou's trademark "zhongguo feng" style, blending traditional Chinese instruments and styles with R&B or rock. Yan Hua Yì Leng ("Fireworks Cool Easily" - Track 3) is a slow, emotional ballad accompanied by piano, guitar and Chinese flute. The pace of the song picks up near the end as Chou adds a rap verse. The use of traditional Chinese instruments is more recognizable in Yu Xia Yi Zheng Wan ("It Rained All Night" - Track 6). Starting with a guitar, it gives way to traditional instruments such as the pipa midsong as he switches to singing in a higher tone reminiscent of a Chinese opera singer.

The guitar seems to be more prominent in this album than in any of his previous albums. It is definitely up front and center in the quirky blues track Mian Fei Jiao Xue Lu Ying Dai ("Free Instructional Video" - Track 4) as Chou seems to revert to his cowboy stage. The lyrics are humorous as he attempts to teach you how to be a rockstar. The final track of the record features him sing-rapping over simple guitar strums. While usual partner Vincent Fang penned a majority of the album, Chou personally wrote the lyrics to this song as he deals with fame while trying to be the same ordinary person he's always been. The track has a whimsical feel not too different from Clear Stars from his debut album. The Era is a very good representation of Chou's music. There's improvisation and fusion of musical genres, touching ballads, and even his slurred pronunciation sprinkled throughout the record. It's a relatively strong release as there is only one song that really should be avoided. The international superstar might never replicate the success of his previous releases, but then again he probably doesn't need to as he steps into a new era of his shining career.

by Leon Lee

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Customer Review of "The Era (Taiwan Version)"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10 (1)

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May 31, 2010

Jay's new album Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
I find this album to be ok but not great. it has some good songs and some you just want to skip. The real complaint i have about this album is the two tracks that contain auto tune. WHO TOLD HIM THAT THIS
WOULD MAKE HIS SONGS SOUND BETTER!?! This guy can hold a tune and has a good voice so why waste
your time auto tuning your voice?? I really dont understand but i dont hate these two tracks.

The package looks like a DvD box and just looks amazing. The DvD with the music videos was also a nice
touch. My fav tracks are 超人不會飛, 免費教學錄影帶, and 愛的飛行日記. I love Jay Chou but i feel he can do
better but im still happy to have this album.
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