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Hins Cheung (Singer)
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When it comes to hit songs, singer-songwriter Hins Cheung has shown his talents time and time again. After releasing his first Cantonese album in 2006, the multi-talented singer is back for an extra serving of Cantonese songs. Offering new and earlier material this album's titular song, "Ardently Love" (Track 1), was composed by Vincent Chow and penned by Lin Xi.

This edition comes with a DVD that features his latest MVs as well as Cantonese and Mandarin karaoke singalong tracks.

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Product Title: Ardently Love (CD + DVD) (Simply The Best Series) 酷愛 (CD + DVD) (簡約再生系列) 酷爱 (CD + DVD) (简约再生系列) 酷愛 (CD + DVD) (簡約再生系列) Ardently Love (CD + DVD) (Simply The Best Series)
Singer Name(s): Hins Cheung (Singer) 張敬軒 (Singer) 张敬轩 (Singer) 張敬軒(ヒンズ・チャン) (Singer) Hins Cheung (Singer)
Region Code: All Region What is it?
Release Date: 2015-06-23
Language: Cantonese
Place of Origin: Hong Kong
Disc Format(s): CD
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Other Information: CD + DVD
Package Weight: 200 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
Publisher: Universal Music Hong Kong
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1044038261

Product Information / Track List

Simply The Best「簡約再生」系列 第2回
再來10款「銷量保證」專輯以最「簡約」直接方式「再生」面世
雙碟裝厚身膠盒裝潢,完整歌曲內容、錄像、文案、彩照+設計…
特別訂製進口雙碟膠盒size @13x14.2x1.8cm


CD
01. 酷愛
02. 追風箏的孩子
03. 迷失表參道
04. 感情用事
05. 男孩最痛
06. 我的天
07. 悔過詩
08. 悲劇人物
09. 遙吻
10. 放榜

Karaoke DVD
01. 酷愛(Bonus MV)
02. 我的天(Bonus MV)
03. 笑忘書
04. 餘震
05. 老了十歲
06. Hurt So Bad (國) (電影歌 擁抱每一刻花火)
07. 過雲雨(國)
08. Blessing (Live)
09. Dear U(國)
10. 斷點(國)
11. 孤單公園
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Professional Review of "Ardently Love (CD + DVD) (Simply The Best Series)"

August 21, 2007

This professional review refers to Ardently Love (CD + Karaoke DVD)
The best description I can give to talented singer/songwriter Hins Cheung's second Cantonese album Ardently Love is "Hins Cheung does the time warp". With no contribution whatsoever by the R&B wunderkind this time around, the album deviates from his usual style towards a set of listener-friendly ballads. In line with the album title, lyricists Lin Xi and his disciple Riley Lin team up to write an album of sad love songs (sans the final bonus track), or what is better known as "Hong Kong's favorite pop theme".

The first two singles from the album can be misleading, as neither actually represents the general tone of the album. Opening track, the hit song "Ardently Love" (Track 1), is an instantly addictive mid-beat R&B track that surprisingly makes use of a rarely heard lower pitch in Hins's voice. The melody is also pleasantly reminiscent of Taiwanese R&B songs of late 90s/early-2000s (even with the repetitive chorus and the spoken lyrics at the end), playing to Hins's best genre without sounding recycled. Second single "Lost in Omotesando" (Track 3), named after a major street in Tokyo, is the biggest surprise of the album. Written by frequent collaborator Chang Shi-Lei, "Omotesando" is a dark dreamy mid-beat track that successfully recreates the feeling of being lost and isolated with an atmospheric arrangement by C.Y. Kong and melancholic lyrics by Lin Xi. The track also refreshingly doesn't take advantage of Hins's sometimes-showy delivery, opting for a calmer pitch to avoid overpowering the atmosphere of the arrangement.

However, the rest of Ardently Love is much different than the two singles. While C.Y. Kong (who also co-produces the album) has proven himself to be one of the most versatile songwriters in Hong Kong pop, his sole songwriting contribution, "Acting with Emotions" (Track 4), is surprisingly mediocre in its clashing sets of melodies. The same goes for "Boys Hurt the Most" (Track 5), which starts off with a promising verse, but quickly changes into what sounds like a completely different song altogether. An album full of sad love songs is perfectly fine, but these two tracks offer clashing sets of melodies that can't agree on a singular sound, making them instantly forgettable.

However, the ballads here do stand out once in a while. "The Child That Chases Kites" (Track 2) sounds like a typical commercial Taiwanese ballad (probably because it is the cover of a Taiwanese ballad), but it is nevertheless well-written and well-produced. It's even further elevated by Hins's stellar vocals, replacing vocal theatrics with an emotional delivery to make for an affecting ballad. Meanwhile, songwriter Vincent Chow is two-for-two after "Ardently Love" with "My Sky" (Track 6), a solid late-90s style ballad that lets Hins over-sing his heart out, making it one of the more memorable ballads that will no doubt have many fans at the karaoke.

The biggest surprise of Ardently Love is the presence of Dan Lap Man (also known as Sin Lap Man). Dan was a member of the hit 80s pop group Blue Jeans that attempted a reunion in 2004 and is best known for the classic song "Rainy Days". Here, Dan contributes to the album with the obligatory "Chinese folk song meets modern pop" track "A Poem of Repentance" (Track 7). Despite playing along with the overused pop cliché (a guitar solo!), "Poem" stands out effectively in the same way the two singles did - by deviating from the overall style of the album. While the song is no breakthrough in Hins's discography, it's a successful effort in an underwhelming album.

Ardently Love represents Hins's transition from a pop artist to a pop singer, losing what made him such a unique young pop star in the first place. Nevertheless, one can always fall back on Hins's exceptional singing when there's nothing else, making it the biggest strength of the album. However, Ardently Love is a step back in quality from his Cantonese debut Siu Mon Su. While that album was also a safe commercial album, it excelled enough in song choices to make it one of the best Cantopop albums that year. Hins may still be one of the best young pop artists in Cantopop, and his presence in an album still automatically warrants a listen, but Ardently Love relies too much on late 90s pop clichés to live up to his past musical accomplishments.

by Kevin Ma

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