People Like Us (HQCD)
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|Product Title:||People Like Us (HQCD) People Like Us (HQCD) People Like Us (HQCD) People Like Us (HQCD) - 林二汶 People Like Us (HQCD)|
|Singer Name(s):||Eman Lam (Singer) 林二汶 (Singer) 林二汶 (Singer) 林二汶 （イーマン・ラム） (Singer) Eman Lam (Singer)|
|Country of Origin:||Hong Kong|
|Package Weight:||120 (g)|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1054033787|
Product Information / Track List
2016 全新專輯 People Like Us (HQCD)
HiFi 發燒碟版 日本印製
推薦冠軍歌 – Cheers
07. People Like Us
08. People Like Us (English Version)
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November 22, 2016
Jazz, which is now considered to be a more serious and classy music form, has become a marginalized genre since the rise of popular genres like pop, R&B, rock and hip-hop. Many Chinese pop singers do turn to jazz to add a touch of class to their music but only a few succeed in riding the rhythm. Through the highly acclaimed albums Eman Lam and On the Go, at17's Eman Lam has established her own distinctive jazzy groove while retaining a Cantopop style. Continuing the jazz pop vibe of her previous albums, People Like Us talks about different moments in life, including self-acknowledgement, sexuality, love and regret.
The album starts with the most important moment in one's journey of growth: self-acknowledgement. Featuring cool electric guitar backing, "I Become Me" (Track 1) composed by bandmate Ellen Loo is a reggae-rhythm song that perfectly shows Eman's carefree and forthright personality. Written by Chow Yiu Fai, the self-reflective song features witty lyrics that resemble mirrored reflections, such as "Remember to look at the era, the era looks at me." The lively "I Become Me" seamlessly links to the head-nodding title number Cheers!. Backed by chill and groovy guitar riffs, Eman's alluring crooning adds a drunken feel to the laidback track depicting the cheerful moment of drinking with friends.
Despite its sensual theme, the blues electric guitar-driven "Incarnation" (Track 3) doesn't sound sexy in terms of music and it even creates a mysterious mood in the pre-chorus. However, Eman's seductive vocals add a sensual twist to the funky rock tunes, successfully capturing the mood of the lustful moment.
"Talk" (Track 5) marks a turning point in the album as the songs become more mellow and tranquil. While many songs criticize texting for supplanting face-to-face communication, Eman sings the praises for this communication method in "Talk." Accompanied by elegant piano and strings, the song beautifully depicts the tranquility of the night when lovers have their sweet goodnight chats. A trumpet solo is brilliantly added to give a romantic Disney-like vibe. The acoustic piano-driven "Sigh" (Track 6) and the soothing People Like Us (Track 7) are also perfect lullabies.
Despite pioneers like Bianca Wu, promoting jazz in Hong Kong has been a challenge for many Cantonese singers due to the difficulty of adapting the language to the genre and also its limited market. Rather than singing authentic jazz, Eman Lam incorporates pop elements into her jazzy works and brings new breadth and depth to the formulaic C-pop world.