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C AllStar (Singer)
C AllStar came to prominence with the romantic and touching ballad "Love Stairs," but the quartet is better known for their socially relevant music style. Before going on hiatus, they launch an unexpected love-themed album for their farewell project Loveaholic featuring five different love stories.
In the 90s, many Cantopop songs were covers of Japanese music. Featuring a classical and electric guitar duet, the retro R&B number "Moment of Love" (Track 1) recalls those golden days of Cantopop music. Apart from the melody, the old-school J-pop vibe is also reflected in the brief interlude on piano and saxophone, a common style of music arrangement in the 90s. The romantic mood is well expressed in the second verse's picturesque lyrics: "I always want to watch the azure sky and blue sea with my hand on your shoulder / My childlike dream is fulfilled because of you." The witty reference to the representative 90s radio drama Out of the Blue by Jan Lamb beautifully completes the song's central theme of "one true love in a lifetime."
The vintage theme continues in "Affectionate Voice" (Track 3), an entertaining 70s R&B-inspired ballad that connects love with a man's vocal change. Singing in Bee Gees-esque falsetto, the four members deliver a funny love tale about a man whose baritone vocals reminiscent of renowned Japanese star Kitano Takeshi turn into the lovely high-pitched voice of Pikachu after falling in love. The soulful electric guitar tunes and fresh flute melody add an extra flair of romance.
Backed by expressive piano tunes and the members' tender vocal harmony,"Bromance" (Track 2) explores a sentimental side of male friendship that lies somewhere between friendship and love. Though a warm friendship is shown in the manly lyrics about two buddies going to the gym and playing soccer together, affectionate words like "flirt," "sweet" and "romance" also create an underlying sense of ambiguity.
Love is the most common theme in pop music. To separate themselves from recent local singers, C AllStar takes a new approach to this familiar topic both musically and lyrically. Their versatile vocal deliveries, diverse musical styles and Wyman Wong's variable lyrics work together to capture the complex emotions of love. Covering sweet romance, unrequited love, bromance and separation, Loveaholic Vol.1 is the best Valentine's Day gift for music lovers.