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|Product Title:||Kings Cross Kings Cross 天王時期 Kings Cross 天王时期 Kings Cross 天王時期 Kings Cross|
|Singer Name(s):||Christopher Wong (Singer) 黃凱芹 (Singer) 黄凯芹 (Singer) 黄凱芹（クリストファー・ウォン） (Singer) Christopher Wong (Singer)|
|Place of Origin:||Hong Kong|
|Package Weight:||120 (g)|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|Publisher:||Star Entertainment (Universe) Limited|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1036390957|
Product Information / Track List
重新演繹四大天皇時期十首金曲, 包括 : “忘情水” “祝福” “再會了” “如果這是情”.等等
而亦是首位華人歌手採用了 Dummy Head Recording 錄音技術來錄製此發燒天碟
****首批限量版 CD由奧地利 SONY廠生產****
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Professional Review of "Kings Cross"
In the eyes of Hong Kong record companies, audiophile albums are a "market lifesaver," so it's no wonder that audiophile albums have turned into a mainstream entity in the music market in recent years. From SACD to K2, 24K, Gold Discs and so on, every year hundreds of different types of audiophile albums are released, and the releases are especially plentiful in August around the time of the Hong Kong High-End Audio Visual Show. In such an atmosphere, many veteran singers who are still passionate about music and want to continue singing have halted plans for new original albums and changed course towards cover albums to meet market demand. Just in August, Christopher Wong, George Lam, Linda Wong and Edmond Leung all released cover albums, continuing this era in which new songs fall flat and oldies are the trend.
Chris Wong's Kings Cross is his first studio album since Drawing Without an Eraser from two years ago. The title Kings Cross refers to remaking songs by the Four Heavenly Kings of the nineties – Leon Lai, Jacky Cheung, Andy Lau and Aaron Kwok. The album contains ten songs including three Jacky Cheung songs, three Andy Lau, three Leon Lai and two Aaron Kwok. This actually isn't Chris's first cover album. Ten years ago when he returned to Universal Music, his comeback album Evergreen included remakes of songs like "Fate," "No Regrets," and "Goodbye My Love." Remaking the Four Heavenly Kings is also not exactly an original idea or a big surprise to fans since Leon Lai's 4 in Love and Biancu Wu's recent Jazz Them Up also did the same thing. As such, the success of Kings Cross depends mainly on three factors: (1) Chris's sales appeal, (2) Chris's performance and (3) its production quality as an audiophile album.
As a Chris Wong fan, I have quite a few of his old songs on my mobile phone. Personally, I think that whether covering the Four Heavenly Kings suits Chris or not is a matter of opinion. It's hard to avoid giving the impression that the album is an homage to the Four Heavenly Kings. However, considering Chris's experience and seniority in the music industry, this role doesn't seem completely appropriate for him. Secondly, different from Evergreen which drew songs from different singers, limiting the track selection to only the Four Heavenly Kings this time doesn't seem to fully reflect Chris's musical tastes.
Fortunately, the songs he's chosen to cover this time do fit him and he handles them very well, such that listeners will feel comfortable and engaged. Many of the songs have strong and effective new arrangements that are able to create different moods and feelings than the original versions, but aren't so different that they're unrecognizable or nondescript, like many other cover albums out there. In addition, Chris's vocal performance is solid; although he's singing other people's classics, he's still able to bring his own characteristic to the songs. His voice is as distinctive as ever and he seems particularly immersed and commanding with his singing in this album. One can tell that he recorded the songs in good spirits. He does, however, have to work on his Mandarin pronunciation.
The album opens appealingly with the first track "Blessing," which has a nice cozy arrangement coupled with good instrumentation and Chris's strong interpretation. "I Can't Forget About You" doesn't have the surging emotions of Jacky Cheung's original version, but instead evokes a different kind of grief; Chris's singing here stands out and effectively conveys the song's emotions. The Cantonese song "If Something Happens to Me" is one of my recommended tracks. Returning to Cantonese, Chris expresses himself better without holding back, singing with just the right amount of emotion to successfully bring out the song's feelings. "If This Is Love" has been covered many times in the last few years, including by Ivana Wong and Hacken Lee. In terms of style and arrangement, Chris's version can't be considered fresh but it is very listenable and rich in emotion, something that not many new songs can achieve. Among the remaining songs, "There's Not a Day I Don't Think of You" and "Farewell" are also worth a listen.
by Stephen Lee