This week’s music video roundup at JayneStars features the soft, melodic, but powerful ballads from Aska Yang (楊宗緯) and Stephy Qi (戚薇), Karen Mok (莫文蔚), and Alfred Hui (許廷鏗).
Aska Yang and Stephy Qi – “In Order to Meet You” <为了遇见你>
When you bring Taiwan’s overnight sensation and one of China’s most popular television actresses together, you get one fantastic duet. Performed by Taiwan’s Aska Yang and China’s Stephy Qi, “In Order to Meet You” is the theme song for the upcoming mainland Chinese romance drama, Love Destiny <爱情自有天意>, which also stars Stephy.
The MV is simple, plain, and have intercuts of scenes from the drama. Despite the simplicity, the MV is beautifully filmed, and both Aska and Stephy look like they are modeling for Vogue Magazine. The song itself also flows very well and is well-structured. Stephy does not have very strong vocals, but her alto voice blends and harmonizes in very well with Aska’s masculine voice. I will definitely be listening to this on replay.
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Karen Mok – “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”
A cover of The Beatles’ 1968 song of the same name, “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” is the second track on Karen Mok’s first full-length English album, Somewhere I Belong. The album, which has a total of 12 jazz-influenced songs, was recorded in Shanghai. However, Karen retained the Chinese identity in her music by incorporating the Chinese traditional instrument, the guzheng (which she plays herself), in the music.
The music video of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” is whimsically filmed, with Karen chasing her shadow through battered down hallways in a very Victorian setting.
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Alfred Hui – “Passing Years” <歲月>
Alfred is back with another heart-wrenching ballad, “Passing Years.” The lyrics tell of the sufferings of one who has to endure if he continues to stubbornly hold onto his past. “Passing Years” is Alfred’s third promotional plug for his album, Grandit <長大>, which was released on December 13, 2012.
There is nothing much I can say about “Passing Years.” I can feel the sadness in Alfred’s voice and the lyrics, but as for the overall quality of the ballad, it is very generic. The song follows the same formula as any other Cantopop ballad.
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This review is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.