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|Product Title:||Modern Tragedy Modern Tragedy 摩登悲劇 Modern Tragedy 摩登悲剧 Modern Tragedy Modern Tragedy|
|Singer Name(s):||Joanna Wang (Singer) Joanna Wang 王若琳 (Singer) Joanna Wang 王若琳 (Singer) 王若琳 （ジョアンナ・ワン） (Singer) Joanna Wang (Singer)|
|Country of Origin:||Taiwan|
|Package Weight:||100 (g)|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|Publisher:||Sony Music Entertainment (TW)|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1067853108|
Product Information / Track List
Joanna王若琳以充滿磁性的獨特嗓音與獨具一格充滿劇情畫面感的音樂創作為人稱道，是世界各大音樂祭競相邀請表演的常客。繼上一張黑色幽默融合劇場概念的哥德搖滾專輯「House of Bullies霸凌之家」之後，Joanna全新英文創作專輯「Modern Tragedy摩登悲劇」以「人生總是苦樂交錯」為概念出發，「摩登」指的是現代人的生活，人生中的「悲劇」往往參雜著快樂、甜蜜、懷念、後悔、犯蠢……等複雜的情結，Joanna以她獨特的幽默感，用音樂講述一個個苦樂交錯的故事。Joanna說：「(這些故事)有點衰、有點悲慘，但人生就是苦澀又甜美，雖然很衰但是很值得紀念，你要優雅的接受這些大便。」至於為什麼是悲劇?因為只有幸福的話那就不是故事了啊！
「Modern Tragedy摩登悲劇」專輯中有許多首歌以愛情為主題，有曲風輕鬆暢快但其實是在勸朋友不要再輕易落入情網的” Sabrina Don't Get Married Again! 莎賓娜，不要再結婚了！”，少女單戀著音樂社團老師的“The Motorized Scooter Edo騎著電動滑行車的葉豆老師”，只有一句歌詞卻能唱出少女期待愛情心聲的” If You Say Come On To Me如果你對我說「來吧」的話”，以及有如在家裡洗碗盤時跟著收音機唱歌的” I Cannot Wait to Fall in Love (Dish Washer) 我迫不及待戀愛”，曲風歡樂卻是在講「避免別人捅你一刀」的” The Etiquette of Handing Scissors and Knives遞剪刀與刀子的禮儀”，整張專輯以19個track勾勒出摩登人生裡多種不同的角色與情境，在Joanna的歌聲中體驗苦澀又甜美的多層次人生。
Sabrina Don't Get Married Again! 莎賓娜，不要再結婚了！
The Motorized Scooter Edo騎著電動滑行車的葉豆老師
If You Say Come On To Me如果你對我說「來吧」的話
這首歌的歌詞非常短，只有” If You Say Come On To Me一句歌詞不斷重複，加上非常有Joanna個人特色的無歌詞吟唱，Joanna唱出少女期待愛情的幻想世界內心戲。如果你對我說「來吧」的話會怎樣呢?少女時而嬌羞、時而雀躍歡呼，冷靜下來時又有點哀傷，如果他不對我說這句話會怎樣呢?聽這首歌時請搭配大量的內心戲與設計對白，你會發現它非常有趣。
01. Modern Tragedy Prologue 摩登悲劇序幕
02. Good Girls Don't Cry 好女孩不哭
03. Sabrina Tape Super Speed 莎賓娜卡帶快轉
04. I Must've Screwed Up Really Bad 我一定是真的搞砸了
05. It's Raining But You're Not Here 現在正在下雨，但是你不在
06. If You Say Come On To Me如果你對我說「來吧」的話
07. Now That Life is Trouble Free ‘cause I'm Finally on T.V. 現在人生無憂無慮了因為我終於上電視了
08. Please Don't You Know What Time It Is? 拜託! 你難道不知道現在幾點嗎？
09. The Etiquette of Handing Scissors and Knives遞剪刀與刀子的禮儀
10. The Motorized Scooter Edo騎著電動滑行車的葉豆老師
11. I Cannot Wait to Fall in Love (Dish Washer) 我迫不及待戀愛
12. Summer 夏天
13. I Dream We Will Be Together Again我夢想有一天還會見到你
14. Chief's Song 酋長之歌
15. He's Weeping Gently on a Hill他在山丘上輕輕的哭泣
16. Magical Starry Night Palm Trees Waves Song Picture 夜晚星空棕櫚樹海浪旋律圖片
18. Sabrina Don't Get Married Again! 莎賓娜，不要再結婚了！
19. Modern Tragedy Epilogue 摩登悲劇尾聲
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Joanna Wang swept many awards as a newcomer with her first album in 2008. Though her debut became a massive hit, she frankly stated that the whole album was designed and created under "business considerations" and not what she really wanted. Starting from her second album Joanna & Wang Ruo-lin, she has expressed her own style of music on her own terms.
Modern Tragedy is Joanna's latest album with songs all written and composed by the singer-songwriter. It was my first time listening to her and the tracklist attracted me with its funny long titles. As Joanna puts it, every sad story has its value; we just have to embrace it. Let's enjoy some 90s pop rock in her new album!
Modern Tragedy shares the bittersweet love stories of typical modern people. The English album contains 19 tracks but some are less than one minute long – it only takes 34 minutes to finish the whole album! Though the song length and lyrics are rather short, it doesn't affect the quality of the tracks.
Similar to a play or musical, the album starts with Modern Tragedy Prologue (Track 1), which has no lyrics but a beautiful harmony. Melancholic and bluesy Good Girls Don't Cry (Track 2) depicts a girl who tries to stay strong after knowing that her love is not coming back. The next track Sabrina Tape Super Speed (Track 3) is a short but fun one; it sounds like a fast-forward cassette tape and a preview of the album's title song Sabrina Don't Get Married Again (Track 18). I first doubted why this track was included in the album. Then I heard the next song I Must've Screwed Up Really Bad (Track 4). Ironically, this song expresses how a person can't do anything right after breakup in a totally rhythmic tune, which makes the whole situation a lot more hilarious. This song is very different from Track 2, so Track 3 probably serves as an interlude between the two songs.
Joanna shows off her scat singings in If You Say Come On To Me (Track 6). The song contains only one sentence of lyrics – "If you say, 'Come on' to me" – repeated four times in two minutes. The rest of the time is all about Joanna improvising the melody and rhythm. The song is unexpectedly good as it conveys the ups and downs of a person's feelings through Joanna's tone.
The Etiquette of Handing Scissors and Knives (Track 9) is another humorous song that teaches you the courtesy to treat people right. I was at first confused with the first verse which goes "This song is about the etiquette of handling scissors? And knives?" I actually wondered if it's a nursery song until I heard this line in the chorus – "The point is avoiding potentially stabbing someone like you did, so now I'm singing this song." Like its humorous title, the song definitely brought a huge surprise to me when I listened to it.
Joanna presents her own experience of having a crush on her teacher Edo in The Motorized Scooter Edo (Track 10). Every tiny little thing about your crush seems so great when you are fond of him or her. I bet everyone would feel the same way as Joanna. I can feel her shyness in the line: "Well, I think I'm in love." Summer (Track 12) reminds me of 90s-style music the most, and it's also the song that suits her velvety voice the best. The first verse and chorus become so melodious in her gentle voice.
The title track of Modern Tragedy, Sabrina Don't Get Married Again (Track 18), is a pop rock song that tells a story involving a character named Sabrina who does not give up on finding true love despite the heartbreaks and the contradictory feelings of her friend. The whole song does not carry a lot of lyrics, and instead repeats the same verse and the word "Sabrina." This jam is super catchy, such that it keeps replaying in your mind after listening to it.
While going through the whole record, I truly felt like I was in an auditorium enjoying a musical. The vintage-style songs brought back so many memories. Joanna's unique husky voice makes her songs sound extraordinarily chill. I appreciate and admire how she persists in making the music she likes but not for any business reason. Her love for music is certainly undeniable. The music style of Modern Tragedy might not match with the current trend, but it is for sure something genuine and fresh among recent pop music releases.