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Yen-j (Singer)
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Singer, songwriter, composer, producer, arranger, instrument player, dreamer, doer... all of these labels apply to Yen-j, an all-round musician who has just embarked on his road to prominence. It all started when the boy wonder learned to play the piano at the age of 10, and from then on he was determined to devote his future to jazz music, which inspired him to name himself "Yen-j". In summer 2008, the 20-year-old, Los Angeles-born Yen-j sent his demo tape to record labels in Taiwan. It caught the eyes, or shall we say ears, of B'in Music executives, thus began his adventure in Mando-pop. Yen-j was commissioned to produce the score for SETTV's top-rated idol dramas My Queen and Autumn's Concerto. Now Yen-j is ready to display his versatility in his debut album consisting of 11 self-written songs that blend together rock, jazz, hip-hop, folk, and other popular musical elements. The album's main plugs include "Love is Curry" and the titular track Thanks Your Greatness.
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Product Title: Thanks Your Greatness 謝謝你的美好 谢谢你的美好 謝謝你的美好 Thanks Your Greatness
Singer Name(s): Yen-j (Singer) 嚴 爵 (Singer) 严 爵 (Singer) 嚴爵 (イェン・ジュエ) (Singer) Yen-j (Singer)
Release Date: 2010-04-30
Language: Mandarin
Country of Origin: Taiwan
Disc Format(s): CD
Package Weight: 150 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
Publisher: Believe In Music
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1022520153

Product Information / Track List

1年醞釀沉澱 1次爆發,20個月專注完美 熬製1張專輯
11首歌的11種體會,全部只為1個女孩
從10歲第一次摸到鋼琴的黑白鍵,嚴爵天生就要用音樂美好這世界

作詞人 作曲人 編曲人 演奏人 演唱人 製作人
完全新人 嚴爵Yen-j
第一張完全創作 [謝謝你的美好]

008年夏天,20歲的嚴爵從美國帶回一張40分鐘的DEMO,和一本解說詳盡的自製歌詞本,踏破鐵鞋找到[相信音樂]製作部,在東區一家茶餐廳進行一次世紀相會之後,正式開始他走入華語流行音樂的冒險旅程。

爵士樂為11歲的他找到一生志業,他不顧筆畫繁複,把自己取名為「嚴爵」,就此單槍匹馬闖入音樂路。爸爸、兩個姊姊都是醫生,可醫生家庭的背景並沒有影響這個執著的金牛座男孩的決定。為達目的總是努力到底的性格,他多次與家裡軟性溝通,最後甚至拍了一支自我告白的影片,終於感動父親,獲得全家人的全力支持。

一個害羞內向的大男生,音樂卻有滿滿的爆發力;想法很多,話卻很少;內心波瀾起伏,外表卻總是平靜無波。戴上帽子是音樂人,脫下帽子有偶像氣質。平時說話輕聲細語,唱起歌來直率用力。很喜歡彈琴,彈到可以跟琴融為一體,有人說他「坐在鋼琴前面有一種怪怪的魔力」。

從詞、曲、編曲、演奏、演唱,21歲的嚴爵具有的全製作能力,都在【謝謝你的美好】這張專輯裡一次發揮。

「謝謝你的美好」專輯11首嚴爵創作,音樂類型多元豐富,包含搖滾、JAZZ、嘻哈、民調…,當東方遇到西方,嚴爵把單一音樂類型混合成多元的音樂曲風。專輯中除了展現嚴爵獨特音樂才華,更特別邀請國際級樂手為專輯演奏,11首國際級音樂作品,在2010春天,嚴爵的音樂能量即將引爆華語樂壇。

01. 追尋
02. 一心二用
03. 謝謝你的美好
04. 愛就是咖哩
05. 我喜歡,不我愛
06. 救命恩人 (丁噹、MP魔幻力量、宇宙人特別跨刀)
07. 需要點時間沈澱
08. 困在台北
09. 夏日羅曼史
10. i給的不夠
11. 我的愛438
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June 15, 2010

A fresh new voice for every genre
It's becoming increasingly hard to find anything refreshing in the music of new Chinese singer-songwriters these days. Many of them specialize in R&B-rap-dance songs, aspiring to be the next Jay Chou or Leehom Wang, while others go on stage with just their guitars and want to be the next Crowd Lu. However, 22-year-old Yen-J is a little different from other aspiring singer-songwriters out there because he doesn't just aspire to excel in one particular musical genre - he's out to master all of them.

Before the release of his debut album Thanks Your Greatness, Yen-J started out as a composer for drama series like My Queen and Autumn's Concerto. That's why it's no surprise that Thanks Your Greatness moves effortlessly between genres ranging from jazz to rock. Opening track Searching already combines the two with a bouncy arrangement reminiscent of a more cheerful Vanessa Carlton. Working as composer, lyricist, arranger, and programmer, Yen-J seems to be in total control of his music, even throwing in a set of strings in Searching for good measure.

Yen-J's strength is in combining the musical aesthetics of one genre with compositions of other genres. This talent is most apparent in songs like The Chronicle of a Summer Romance (Track 9), where he takes the composition of a sweet, relaxing ballad and gives it an arrangement that blends folk rock, bossa nova, and R&B in a light mix. Even though his composition skill is still lacking a bit at points, his versatility as a musician more than makes up for it.

The song that should capture the most attention is likely to be the silly-titled Love is Curry (Track 4). Sampling from the classic jazz song Take the A-Train and blending it with his own lounge-style composition, Love is Curry is a sweet, funky, and constantly engaging bebop jazz song that's easily the most memorable track of the album. It should attract as much critical acclaim for its consistently inventive nature as the early works of Jay Chou and David Tao.

However, when Yen-J sticks to genre borders, he plays things a little too safe. This applies the most to his rock songs, in which he shows too much of his inspirations without making them unique in the context of the album. It Needs Some Time to Settle starts off too much like a John Mayer song before simply turning into another mid-tempo, guitar-driven rock song. Meanwhile, the hip-hop song Lifesaver (featuring Magic Power, Ding Dang, and Spaceman on vocals) not only proves that Yen-J doesn't make a very good rapper, it also suggests that he might be the biggest fan of his own music.

When it comes to genre music, Yen-J is much more comfortable sticking to R&B and jazz. i Didn't Give Enough blends a 70s soul flavor into a R&B ballad in Yen-J's tribute to Stevie Wonder; it's a breezy, soulful song that Khalil Fong would've written early in his career. The closing track, My Love 438, which Yen-J produced from a jamming session with his old University of Southern California friends, again shows how comfortable he is in the jazz genre, giving the album a brilliant conclusion.

Yen-J is perhaps closest in musical style to David Tao, who chose R&B as his genre of choice while also branching out to other musical genres at the same time. While Yen-J hasn't reached Tao's level just yet, he does have a similar amount of musical ambition. Is Thanks Your Greatness an all-out effort that has emptied Yen-J of his best works, or is it just the beginning of a great musical career? I look forward to finding out the answer over the next few years.
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