Album Review: Leehom Wang’s Heart.Beat (2008)

王力宏 - 心.跳

王力宏 – 心.跳

Tracklist:

  1. 愛得 得體
  2. 心.跳
  3. 春雨裡洗過的太陽
  4. Everything
  5. 我完全沒有任何理由理你
  6. 另一個天堂
  7. 玩偶
  8. 腳本
  9. 競爭對手
  10. 搖滾怎麼了!

1. 愛得 得體 [Dirty Love]
The song is pretty catchy. We’ve heard of this before but with English lyrics “shake your booty on the dance floor…” with Leehom singing lying on the ground while he was in his apartment. Kind of disappointed when he sang it during the concert with Chinese lyrics. But it was really catchy. 得體還是Dirty? (Proper/Appropriate or Dirty?) It’s leaning on to dirty.

2. 心.跳 [Heart.Beat]
The title track. As with all of Leehom’s ballads, you can hear all his emotions while he sings the song. It feels a bit heavy. I love the guitar solo for this one. You can feel the beat (music) in his heart from this one.

3. 春雨裡洗過的太陽 [Sun After the Spring Rain]
*whistles* This song is very sunny (thus the sun in the title) and light. It’s a nice companion while strolling along or just walking in the office hallway. Makes you want to just walk with a little hop in each step. Whenever I feel down, I listen to this and it makes life a whole lot sweeter.

4. Everything
♫’cause you’re my everything…♫ I have to admit I’ve melted to this song several times when I watched him sing this song twice during the rehearsal for HKPO. Ever since September 20, I’ve loved this song. I just have to remember how sad it really means so I can get back to reality. Leehom’s powerful ballads have been his forte ever since, and he didn’t fail with this one.

5. 我完全沒有任何理由理你 [I Have No Reason to Care About You]
I found this song amusing although it didn’t stick much when he performed it during the MUSIC-MAN concert. I thought it had an interesting beat though. Again, the guitar solo is great. I’m loving guitar solos more now. If you just want to shout out and rant, this is a nice song to shout along with 😉 完全沒有! (Absolutely none!) *yawn* What’s next?

6. 另一個天堂 [Another Heaven]
Another ballad… and a lovely duet. Jane has an amazing voice and combined with Leehom’s, it definitely sounds heavenly (pun intended) I was surprised when they said the “whistling” was actually Jane’s voice. I forgot what they called it but wow… really amazing.

7. 玩偶 [Puppet]
♫wan ouuuu…♫ Another song you can shout along with. At first I thought this was some sort of happy-go-lucky song, then I found the translation and I was so wrong. It’s another hate/breakup song that actually sounds happy. Weird but I love it. Very upbeat, my type of music. Guitar solo is so upbeat that it had been my wake up alarm tone.

8. 腳本 [Script]
What can I say? It’s another one of his emotion-filled ballads. I love how the sound of his voice just flows along with the instrumentals.

9. 競爭對手 [Rival]
♫wo de bao bei… bao bei…♫ I don’t know how to describe the style of this song but it’s interesting. It’s somewhat a mix of rock, a little bit of RnB, maybe with a pinch of jazz? I don’t know but somehow he made it work.

10. 搖滾怎麼了!! [What’s up Rock!!]
♫What’s wrong with me!! wro-o-ong with me…♫ Whenever I hear this song, I get transported back in time, late afternoon of September 19 outside the Taipei Arena. We hung out around that area from 12nn until they opened the gates. All that time, it was the only song they were playing on loop. I loved the sound of the pipa during it’s solo part. It’s amazing how he combined rock with a traditional Chinese instrument.

Summary:
Overall, I love the new album. I can listen to it on loop all day long without skipping a song. Most of the songs are heartbreak songs, probably based on his personal experience. This is truly the sound of his heart beat. 😉

(Originally written: March 19th, 2009)

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