Reviews written by Simone
love, music - compilationNovember 4, 2001 If you love music, then you'll love this CD!
Firstly, I wanted to note that I am a fairly critical reviewer and quite modest when it comes to praising artists/albums (you can see some of my other reviews--I have NEVER given a 10), even though I am a Daniel fan. I also tend to like Cantonese more than Mandarin songs in general (though this album contains both), but this is just an incredible piece of work, artistically, stylistically, and above all, lyrically and musically. Daniel has definately grown as a singer, lyricist, and musician. Even though he only composed and wrote a few songs on this album, they were fantastically done; co-wrote track 2 and track 10, wrote and composed track 14. There's always room for improvement, but the matter of the fact is that he taking the initiative to employ his talent, expanding and developing the skills required to become a phenomenal artist. At 26, you couldn't ask for more from a young and continually rising pop star. It is a shame that he perhaps isn't as recognized as some other young HK singers. "Love, Music" takes advantage of what Chinese pop is able produce, an eclectic collection of styles of music and a myriad of creative lyrics, though most are just different approahes to the topic of love, like most Chinese music. "Miracle," the song written and composed by Daniel himself, clearly complements the theme of his poem (beautiful prose included on one of the postcards), where he notes, "When we generate love, miracles will happen. I love music!" This album may not be a miracle, but it comes pretty close to one. No one can claim they know Chinese music until they've heard this album. My personal favorite tracks include No Need To Say Thank You (Cantonese), Ill Person, I Only Need You, You Make Me Feel Love, No Need To Say Thank You (Mandarin), Fast Door--haha, I really love all the songs! It's difficult to express in words how wonderful this album is. You'll listen to it again and again, and not get tired of it--it's that great. Buy Daniel Chan's "Love, Music" now!
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September 8, 2001 Happy to own this!
This may be an old product now, but if you don't have it, it's definately worth buying. I was afraid that I would never own this CD when I found that YesAsia was out of stock, but thanks to their nifty new "Track It Down" program, I am a proud owner of Eason's "My Happy Times!" This album, if I recall correctly, was named 'Best Album of the Year' the year it was released. Every track on this CD is signature Eason. You will find that many of these tracks, primarily 1-4, reappear on Eason's compilation CDs. So, instead of buying all the compilation CDs w/ these tracks again and again, just get THIS one! Don't miss your opportunity to buy this product while it's in stock! Get it now!
September 1, 2001 SoulFULL of great music!
Talk about a great, well-rounded album! If you like jazz, this is definately for you. William has always had a great voice, and this album proves that he can apply it to any style of music. His soulFULL voice works best with jazz. If only everyone could appreciate the artistic talent of this man, singing regular ballads "jazz" style. You'll enjoy every second of this album because there's never a down point throughout. Those who haven't discovered William yet are really losing out. The bonus of this jazz album (as with everyone jazz album versus a regular Chinese album) is that you actually hear different instruments. It's beautiful and you'll love it! Get it now!
September 1, 2001 Senses...something bad
Unfortunately, I have never found what was so great about Nicholas, school drop-out and boy who is only famous because of his parents. He talks big about how HK artists should write their own music (and I agree), but I also think that not everyone can write GOOD music, i.e. Nicholas Tse. If ever he has a band, he should remain guitarist because he's definately fitting as vocalist. I don't know what it is, but he's just lacking something in the singing department. And if he really is fed up with the "showy" aspect of the Asian music industry, he should work a little harder to improve that by writing more of his songs, and writing BETTER songs.
July 30, 2001 It's a green light!
Flora may have made it big in HK as both an actress and singer, but she's still lacking something. I believe it is quite apparent in her singing "talent." She can definately carry a tune. Comparitively, Flora is much better than many beginning artists and she has a lot of potential to be a good singer, but in my opinion, she should really focus her career as either a singer or an actress. Pulling herself in both directions is only going to make her average at both, but if she directs herself where her talent lies, then she will become much more successful. Her first single release (also the first track) was a wise choice since it is one of the better songs on her album. Throughout the album, you can really tell she is trying really hard. Her natural "talent" is only taking her so far. The only song written by Flora herself on this album (track 6) is impressively good because it's all within her range; she doesn't have to try to belch her lungs out and it's got nice up-tempo melody to it. The best track, by far, is her duet with William So (it's rather hard to have a BAD song with William). Overall, there's really not as much variety on this album as some would like to think, but honestly, Flora's got what it takes to become a pretty good singer, by HK standards, and this album proves it. Give her a few rock, jazz, or dance-feel songs rather than so many ballads and she'd make a great record. Green light straight ahead--take it!
Shall We Dance? Shall We Talk! (2nd Version)July 30, 2001 We shall buy this album!
Wow. Just an incredible album with such different styles of music. Aside from the couple of regular ballads, Eason's latest Cantonese album incorporates some great, enjoyable, and rather uplifting tunes. Compositions and arrangements are done incredibly well, and Eason carries them away by adding his unique touch to each of the songs. Even the pointless intermediary tracks provide some good "cushion" throughout. This is one album where the title tracks do their parts and hold the burden of being the title tracks--"Shall We Dance" and "Shall We Talk." Track 4 seems a little cheesy at first, but a very fitting dance/electronic sound following "2001"--too bad the video couldn't be a little less dizzy. It's really a great track that helps reveal the uniqueness of the sound throughout this album. Could have done without track 8, which was strikingly similar to "Shall We Dance," except worse. Overall, however, the album contains an excellent rise and fall motion in terms of feel. Plus a bonus VCD--couldn't really ask for more than that. Take it now!
It''s Me (Special Version)July 30, 2001 These must be
Fantastically produced and performed by Eason. This is a fairly well-rounded album, apart from track 8 which stands out from the pack, and much better than most Mandarin albums out there. I get a little upset because people tend to recycle and reuse Cantonese songs on Mandarin albums and vice versa, but it worked well here because the tracks generally fit in to the flow of the album. I love hearing piano and guitar and this album gives you exactly that. The obvious flaw of this album lies in the rapping (the "obvious" flaw of any Chinese album), but the songs incorporate English lyrics pretty well--Eason's English is fine and the lyrics actually make sense! When I spoke of the album being "well-rounded," I also meant that this album begins and ends with a punch (a good one at that). The two English titled tracks both have a great feel to them and put you in a good mood. With the addition of the bonus track, which is apparently an acoustic-y version of track 4, the album has an added uniqueness, which is hard to find nowadays. Enjoyable, variable, rockable, purchase-able!
July 30, 2001 Goodnight
First off, why have a French title on your album when there is no French anywhere in it? Maybe this is just an addition to what is considered "fashionable" in Asia, utilizing foreign and exotic languages that nobody really understands but admires from afar. This album isn't a complete disappointment, but definately doesn't have the highs and lows that a good album contains. The majority of the songs are slow and free-flowing ballads. The title track is the best you're going to get in terms of ballads, and "No Way" seems reminiscent of Daniel's previous Mandarin album's "Love You More Day By Day"--it's just as pop-y and just as catchy. That's probably the song you'll be humming after listening to this album. But overall, it's best if you play it before you sleep, since it's comprised mainly of rather mellow melodies. The Christmas track "Black Christmas" is surprisingly good and works well on an album which was released before Christmas. Still, a good CD to own to fit with your "relaxing CDs" collection.
July 30, 2001 Everybody needs a Daniel album
This is a pretty average album. About half of it is comprised of semi-moving ballads and the other half is comprised of different styles of a more up-beat tune. The album opens well with a catchy tune, but ends with a mediocre remix of that first song. That song and "Holiday" are also the only digestible ones of the up-beat tunes. The strength of this album lies in its more melodramatic, flowy ballads. Though these ballads (the whole album, actually) tends to blend in sound, Daniel does a good job of giving each of them a different feel. It's usually hard to find more than a couple of songs that stand out in a Chinese album, but I like more than half of the songs here. Overall, an album worth purchasing.
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