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me, re-do (EP)

Joey Yung (Singer)
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Two years after her last original release, Joey Yung returns with a new EP in me, re-do! The EP features hit singles "This Close, That Far," "Optimistic" and "Naturally Blank," which has already achieved the feat of reaching number one on all four Hong Kong charts.

The release includes a DVD containing music videos and a poster.

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Product Title: me, re-do (EP) me, re-do (EP) me, re-do (EP) me, re-do (EP) me, re-do (EP)
Singer Name(s): Joey Yung (Singer) 容祖兒 (Singer) 容祖儿 (Singer) 容祖兒 (ジョイ・ヨン) (Singer) Joey Yung (Singer)
Release Date: 2015-04-09
Language: Cantonese
Disc Format(s): CD
Package Weight: 150 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
Publisher: EEG Emperor Entertainment Group (HK)
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1039104806

Product Information / Track List

容祖兒 2015年全新EP
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呆遊法國風情第一主打<天然呆>
一代歌后五輪真弓為祖兒打造 樂觀地唱悲觀事的<樂觀>
讓經典傳承的<這麼近(那麼遠)>
縱變痴呆 迷迷糊糊仍深愛的<飄紅>
感動! 誠邀馮寶寶 張學友參與MV演出

** 內附精美海報 **

CD
1. 天然呆
2. 樂觀
3. 飄紅
4. 這麼近(那麼遠)

DVD (Bonus)
1. 天然呆MV
2. 樂觀MV
3. 飄紅MV
4. 這麼近(那麼遠)MV
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Professional Review of "me, re-do (EP)"

May 29, 2015

Having taken a break from writing music reviews, I was greeted with quite a few physical album releases by divas upon my return, including Joey Yung's me, re-do. Momentarily unable to remember if Joey Yung had released an album recently, I researched online, and it turns out that, excluding concert albums and compilations, it really has been a long time since she last released a Cantonese or Mandarin album. For an A-list singer, this is a rare situation. As for the newly released me, re-do, it's also not a full album but just an EP with the three new songs "Naturally Blank," "Optimistic" and "Rosy," plus the remake "This Close, That Far." We'll have to wait longer yet to hear a new full-length Joey album.

In my opinion, the album's vinyl record-style packaging design is eye-catching, and the nostalgic Japanese-style cover image shows a mature and confident side of Joey Yung that feels natural and appealing. If the fonts used in the lyric booklet were more carefully selected, the retro effect could have been even stronger.

The EP's first two songs, "Naturally Blank" and "Optimistic," are produced by Wyman Wong and Harris Ho while the latter two, "Rosy" and "This Close, That Far," are produced by Alex Fung. Wyman Wong served as the EP's creative director, and all the songs, be it new or remake, are penned by him. The four songs of different styles are all replayable and of above-average quality, though not outstanding. It's clear that time and effort was put into the planning and production, and the songs don't stray too far from mainstream tastes so they should catch ears easily.

In addition, one can tell that the album makers tried to present a more mature Joey through the songwriting and production. For example, the songs' protagonists no longer seem like young girls. As I've mentioned in reviews of other artists' albums, this is a good direction. As she grows up and matures, so too should her songs. However, I personally feel that Joey's interpretation of certain songs could still be more mature and solid.

Inviting Jacky Cheung, the original singer of "This Close, That Far," to appear in the song's music video is an interesting idea that creates the impression of "passing on the baton." Producer Alex Fung's new version is strong in its own right and appropriately brings out the song's emotional progression and climax in a way that's passionate without being cliched. I do think, however, that this song sounds nearly the same as another song, "Flu," that Fung remade. He should really add more of his own characteristics and see if that generates better results. Joey's singing captures the song's emotions and comfortably hits the high notes, but doesn't offer any breakthrough or surprises in comparison to the original.

"Naturally Blank" is a likable piece with a melodious and meaningful music style, laidback and romantic with just a touch of elegance. The melody is catchy and the lyrics give off a nice and relaxing feeling. Joey easily conveys the song's "French style" to lovely effect.

The Itsuwa Mayumi-composed "Optimistic" has a grand sound and lyrics that mainstream music fans would like. The line "To be able to suffer optimistically during execution isn't considered bitter, who would care" will probably be frequently posted on social media. While I did wonder for a moment whether Joey Yung's singing is too sweet for the song, this may serve to deliberately create a sharp contrast and match the lyrics' theme. Though not particularly beautiful, "Rosy" has a catchy melody and the lyrics, arrangement and performance are all fine.

by Stephen Lee

(Translation: Sanwei)

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