Music Album Review: Wanting Qu’s “Everything in the World”
Everything in the World 我的歌聲裡
by Wanting Qu
Language: Mandarin and English
Released by Nettwerk Music Group on July 5, 2012
Imagine cozying up in a small café with a warm latte in hand on a cold, rainy day and being lost deep in thought. Wanting Qu’s (曲婉婷) soothing vocals accompanied by relaxing ballads provides a perfect backdrop for this scenario.
It’s no wonder that the China-born Canadian-based singer catapulted to stardom when director Pang Ho Cheung (彭浩翔) discovered Wanting’s music while it was playing at a Beijing coffee shop. In fact, it was her song, Drenched, that inspired the script for the megahit Hong Kong film, Love in the Buff <春嬌與志明>.
Everything in the World is Wanting’s debut full-length studio album, and it showcases the talented artist’s song-writing and singing capability in both English and Mandarin. Her soulful vocals add an extra layer of emotion and drama to her songs, which is a breath of fresh air amongst today’s mainstream Asian pop singers.
Drenched was one of my favorites. The poetic lyrics coupled with the melody played like a dramatic music video. I can definitely imagine this to be a popular song for karaoke.
The namesake of the album, Everything In The World, has a light and refreshing tempo to it, which I liked because it was a bit different from the slow ballads in the album.
Jar of Hearts is the most upbeat song to the album which I definitely appreciated, given all the other songs in the album had a slower tempo. Wanting’s soulful voice and the way she expressed herself in this song reminded me of The Cranberries at times.
Last but not least, the chart-topping Mandarin You Exist in My Song <我的歌声里> has all the elements to make it an easy favorite. After all, Wanting wrote this song specially for Love in a Buff and it has been hitting the airwaves ever since.
Listening to the entire album in one sitting, I cannot help but zone out from time to time because while Wanting’s vocals are very smooth, her music does not showcase a wide range of notes. At times, the tempos felt a bit too familiar and by the end of the last track on the album, I could not recall some of the earlier songs I had listened to.
You Exist in My Song <我的歌声里>
This review is written by Natalie for JayneStars.com.
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