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David Tao (Singer)
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After his "123 We Are All Wooden Men" world tour, Taiwan's "Music Godfather" David Tao comes back with his new album in three years titled Opus 69. The number in the title references a number of things, among which is that it's the singer-songwriter's 6th album and 9th CD. Besides, David was born in the summer of '69, and the symbol of his zodiac sign, Cancer, resembles "69". Moreover, in the ancient text of I-Ching, 6 and 9 symbolize "change" and "rebirth", and the numbers when pronounced in Japanese are similar to "rock", which is what this highly anticipated album is about! David puts aside his famous R&B style to return to his musical roots in rock music for this band sound-oriented album, which comes with new songs like "Your Song", "Zero to Hero", "Adoration", and "RE.DT".
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Product Title: Opus 69 69樂章 69乐章 69樂章 Opus 69
Singer Name(s): David Tao (Singer) 陶喆 (Singer) 陶喆 (Singer) 陶喆 (デビッド・タオ) (Singer) David Tao (Singer)
Release Date: 2009-08-27
Language: Mandarin
Place of Origin: Taiwan
Disc Format(s): CD
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
Publisher: Gold Typhoon (TW)
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1020580287

Product Information / Track List

暌違三年 唯一渴望.2009就等這一張
陶喆 《六九樂章》
不再是R&B教父 也不做陶大師
只想打從心底唱響 屬於自己的搖滾樂章

01. 願主憐憫 Kyrie Eleison
02. 亂七∞糟 A Big Mess
03. 暗戀 Adoration
04. Play
05. 火鳥功 Zero To Hero
06. 雪豹 Surviving Leopards
07. 關於陶喆 Re: DT
08. 我太傻 Summer Love Triangle
09. 請繼續,任性 Miss Sweetie
10. 中國姑娘 Chinese Lady
11. 誰的奧斯卡? Whose Oscar?
12. 應徵愛 Love Needed
13. 你的歌 Your Song
14. 桂冠英雄 Heroes
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Professional Review of "Opus 69"

September 2, 2009

David Tao returns three years after the creative slump that was Beautiful with his 6th full-length album Opus 69. Taking on a predominantly rock flavor, Opus 69 strays a little bit away from the R&B style that has made him so influential, but it's also a return to the familiar genre-hybrid style of his earlier albums. However, the rock style here breaks loose from the angst and anger that initially drove his forays into rock in previous works like Black Tangerine and Ghost. For once, he actually sounds like he's having fun in the process, and the result is his best album since the 1999 game-changer I'm OK.

However, David still has some steam to blow off via rock, starting with the intro interlude Lyrie Eleison (Track 1). Meaning "God have mercy" in Greek, the chorus-delivered prayer leads into the ambitious and powerful opening rock track A Big Mess (Track 2), which immediately captures the listeners' attentions with its bombastic chorus and guitar-driven sound. The powerful opening doesn't exactly set the tone for the album, since Opus 69 is overall lighter than it suggests, but it does establish David's intention for the ambitiously-named album (named after 1969 - the year of his birth). Along with Black Tangerine and Ghost, David shows again with A Big Mess that he knows how to open an album.

The song that more represents the tone of Opus 69 is first single Zero to Hero (Track 5). With a bombastic guitar presence and a rebellious, but playful set of lyrics that mixes multiple languages, David lets himself loose with a strong vocal delivery that reflects the energy of the song. This may be the most fun David has ever had on a studio-recorded song, and it provides an early climax during the 65-minute album. Of course, preceding track Play (Track 4), which mixes bass-heavy techno with rock, also helps in setting up the energy with an equal amount of fun.

Of course, it's not all fun and games in Opus 69; it's also sometimes intensely self-reflexive about David's own life and his music career. Whose Oscar? (Track 11) sounds like a fun rock & roll track on the surface, but the lyrics actually reveal hidden depths, with David dismissing his critics by telling them that they have no say in his "script". The tone is a little more positive in the impressive reggae-progressive rock hybrid RE: DT (Track 7), in which David sings about his life, his family, and his gripes against the Chinese music industry. RE:DT is the most musically ambitious track on the album, blending in reggae, rap, and even a short diversion into power ballad for good measure, and it never breaks into an incoherent mess. Just that and the fact that it never turns into a narcissistic lovefest of David Tao celebrating David Tao makes RE: DT one of David's most impressive pieces of music in his career.

Despite the genre hybrids, Opus 69 is still mostly a commercial album, which means there's a requisite set of romantic ballads within. Second single Adoration (Track 3) features lines like "Here I am/ waiting just for you/Release my everything/I hope you can understand and accept", following the David Tao style of unabashedly straightforward confessions of love. With a certain sweetness permeating from its composition and David's vocal performance, Adoration is a romantic rock ballad that will surely go down as one of the more popular songs of the album. The album's other ballad, Your Song (Track 13), is equally solid with its simple, guitar-driven arrangement and affecting composition. However, its slow pace and mostly quiet sound will make less of an impression on listeners than Adoration did earlier in the album.

David also goes back briefly to R&B with Chinese Lady (Track 10), which leans more towards a bass-heavy funk sound, despite the presence of a guitar. As expected, David excels in the genre with his smooth vocal delivery, catchy composition, and a well-balanced sound. It almost makes listeners miss the old R&B days of David.

While the other side tracks are proficiently written and produced, David's composition on these side tracks vary little from his previous works, and with the same style of guitar-driven arrangement, they all begin to blend into the same sound. Thematically, Opus 69 covers plenty across the spectrum, making it an ambitious project for any lyricist. However, David mainly stays in the same sound whenever he hits one genre, and the result is an entertaining album from beginning to end that also overstays its welcome with its long length and mildly homogeneous style. Nevertheless, the latter problem is one that has plagued David's albums from the beginning anyway and shouldn't take away from the impressive achievements here. It's nice to hear David finally having fun with what he does best, and if he really follows through with his goal to devote his future time in film, it would be a great loss to Chinese music fans. Then again, if he comes back in three years with an album as strong as Opus 69, I'm fairly sure he'll be forgiven right away.

Recommended Tracks: A Big Mess (Track 2), Adoration (Track 3), Play (Track 4), Zero to Hero (Track 5), RE: DT (Track 7), Chinese Lady (Track 10), Your Song (Track 13)

by Kevin Ma

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Customer Review of "Opus 69"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10 (6)
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October 23, 2009

a 'wow' album... album of the year... Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
please not to judge this album on your first time experience on it. i myself hate almost every single songs in this album when i first get the album and listen to it. but good thing never come easy. you gotto be more patient ; be passion and be into it. you'll found something very special and beautiful about this album... as the others do mentioned, be open. this album is not typical album you can found in the market nowadays. so not commercial. it is hard and slower to get accepted, but once you do, WOW!!! you'll love it... that's what happened to me... this is definitely the album of the year... the best chinese album in recent years... i luv the songs so much, so so much...
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September 4, 2009

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still enjoying david's music Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
i totally agree that it's indeed a typical david tao album.To me a true musician must be bold to experiment new elements and not a fomulated kind of music.every time a certain kind of singer with a certain kind of music becomes famous,i'd anticipate his next album and see what's next...same old kind and for how long? or would he dare to try new materials.if you're to observe music nowadays,most singers play it safe and use the same material which is complacent and for david i must salute him for being brave and innovative.
i really like his latest album.never a dull moment from him.his songs really takes time to digest and once you's really wonderful and you'll really appreciate his love and passion for music!kudos for david!
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September 2, 2009

1 people found this review helpful

Great album~ although not usual RnB Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
Agree completely with how this album is slow to accept. DT has produced a solid album with a funky new style, the lyrics incorporating his message to us and telling us something about himself. This is why that makes this album so coherent, and also explained by why the title "opus 69" is so relevant and meaningful. Although the songs are not the standard new songs we hear or the old DT style, the songs are very catchy and after listening to them on repeat a few times u start to get into it, especially tracks 5 - zero to hero, track 7 - about DT, Track 8 and Track 11 - whos oscar. Other pieces are inspirational such as Track 14 and slower, melodic and emotional songs are track 3 - adoration and track 13 - your song.

I can understand how alot of people are not impressed the first time they hear the album, but be open, and embrace DTs new style as DT once again, shows that he loves making music, and u can just hear and feel this in every song. thats what makes him a great musician and singer. be open, and u will start getting into the beat of every song.
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August 28, 2009

2 people found this review helpful

Slow to accept Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I strongly disagree with other two reviews. This is actually a typical DT album because everyone of his previous albums had new elements in them. The previous two reviewers did not like the fact that David took a different approach and created fresh new style with opus 69. As always, new things are slow to become accepted by the general public. You may not be impressed by the first time listening to this new album, but you will fall in love with the songs gradually as you listen 2nd and 3rd time.
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August 20, 2009

1 people found this review helpful

What happened to you David ? Customer Review Rated Bad 2 - 2 out of 10
From the very beginning. David Tao's album had some sort of coherence. R&B, Hip-Hop, Soul, Pop feeling... With some hyper catchy tunes. Singalong tracks that you could repeat over and over late at night in Karaoke bars.
This Opus 69 seems to be a U-Turn in David's career. His tracks are more agressive, his voice seems tired and with a smoker habits feelin'. What happened to our finest mandarin songwriter ? David we waited so long to get this album... Seems like we gotta wait for another 3 years to get our genuine romantic Tao zhe back ! Sorry Dave did not like this one much !
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