make sure you have your speakers on. the sound quality, even from pc speakers, is commendable. but on notebooks, it sounds terribly thin and emotionless.

note: the loading of the songs is rather slow - please be patient.

[commentary]
[1] coming home - this is winnie ho's award-winning song; it is also the song which many people associate her with. unlike previous versions sung by winnie, this version has a slower build-up and milder climaxes. winnie has purposely lightened up the song with less emotional intensity. she has grown up as a singer and she wants the audience to appreciate a more mature version of this classic song. roger's guitar is light and simple, fully letting the vocalist to take the center stage.

[2] snowy love - this is a tracy huang's classic, made popular by faye wong. regine's rendition is appropriately sweet without overdoing it. this is one of the most accessible love songs in the album. nothing complicated, just pure sweet music.

[3] endless love - this is the boldest interpretation in the whole album! a passionate love song being transformed into a bossa nova, roger's creativity is most evident on the guitar solo where he infuses a decidedly latin feel to the song. the two singers also ad-libbed a lot in the last part (not in the edited version here), making the whole rendition rather adventurous and fun.

[4] airport at 10:30 - a david tao's r&b classic, this song will make most guitarists frown in frustration on working out a groove/rhythm in the guitar solo. i suppose only roger wang can do it. winnie ho is having a hell of good time in singing this song; she doesn't seem like she wants to stop.

[5] tempting hearts - my fave in this album. there is so much outpouring emotions in this song that makes it memorable. regine's rendition made me weep the first time i heard it (she also broke down after singing this song in the studio) and roger's guitar solo is so heartbreakingly gorgeous. try to listen to this song alone at night with your hifi on, a glass of red wine, lights dimmed, and you will understand.

[6] march - my producer, chow's original work, march is not easy to sing at all. roger has attempted many arrangements for this song. at the end, we settled for one with a bit of "swing" feel. there is a certain sadness of helplessness in this song, if only you know the meaning behind the lyrics.

15 comments:

Terence said...

very commendable effort there Les! I'm proud of you buddy! t

km ng said...

Rightly, a person involved in the making of the album shouldn't be reviewing it.

Though I've not heard the album, from what I've read, the effort put in is very commendable and admirable and I look forward in hearing it.

Anonymous said...

cakap banyak tak guna,bila ada juallah......?

Anonymous said...

besok ka?

Anonymous said...

cepatlah.......

Anonymous said...

i mean di kota kinablu lah

hafiz said...

As a fellow Malaysian,Let me catagorically sa congratulations;

1]For believing in yourself and proving that you could do it

2]For daring to dream and living up to it.

3]For producing something so great and nice .....certainly better made than Synthesizer laden Leona Lewis album..

I wish you the best of luck,from the bottom of my audiophile heart

maggielurva 愛美姬 said...

haha, anonymous, my bahasa not great la. yes, it will be available very soon (online purchase via this blog)! delay is expected as we are fine-tuning the mastered copy of the CD.

hafiz,
thanks for the encouragement. if this does well, we will do a tribute to sheila majid next, how about that?

GadgetBuzzer said...

maggielurva

the teasers sound good... i am sure the actual album will be great! Pity I don't understand the lyrics but I always enjoy good songs regardless of language and especially great recordings. Look forward to a couple (one to listen to and the other to keep as a collector's item of course) of signed copies by the 3 stars and Mr Producer ;-)

Anonymous said...

I want to buy your CD !!!

Anonymous said...

Great effort there for a start!! The vocals are commendable. Roger is not at his best here, compared to his solo stuff, and also his work with double take, farid ali.

maggielurva 愛美姬 said...

hi anonymous,
roger has changed his style to suit chinese ballads. he can't play the same way as he does with double take or no strings attached. you can say it is more safe and understated style of playing, without the glamorous display of his full artistry.

good observation.

guan said...

Salivaciously good! Bravo!!

young said...

Mggielurva,

Keep it simple,I hope fine tuning the master doesn't mean over engineering it.JMHO

demetrius said...

The legendary producer Jim Steinman said nothing is worse to kill the musicians souls than an overengineered recording.

Another legend,Todd Rudgrenn also follow thwe same path.I hope this superb effort would not be killed with overengineered sound