Leo Ku’s next music video release, 《怪物》 “Monster”, off his latest album, 《我们》 “Us”, has been released. You can actually listen to the entire album on YouTube here, on OceanButterflies’ official channel.
Now Leo Ku you might know as an actor, or, if you’re part of the younger audience, might know from “I Am A Singer 3” — where Leo got to know Li Ronghao in the first place. To be honest, I wasn’t particularly interested in his music or anything, but when Li Ronghao wrote a song for him I figured I’d at least listen to that song. And yes, in terms of both the song and music video, I was satisfied.
Simple guitar instrumental starts up the song, but it quickly escalates — similar to the calm before a storm. I was rather impressed by everything, actually — the song, lyrics, production, instrumental, and the music video were all on point. This is what I’m looking for — so good job to everyone involved. And yes, this music video is what I call 黄中平 material — and I loved it.
So, really, just go and enjoy the music video!
. . . And not so quickly.
The one thing I would criticize this song for is sounding JUST LIKE a Li Ronghao song. I really do enjoy his style of music, but I’d figured that style would be exclusively Li Ronghao — and Li Ronghao only. Leo Ku and Li Ronghao actually have quite different singing styles, and their voices are completely different, but just the way the song was composed forced it to sound oh-so very Li Ronghao — and kept making me try to imagine Li Ronghao singing it instead, which detracted from the otherwise amazing song. In fact, the production and arrangement of this song, too, just reaffirmed that.
Although, for one, it does make you realize that Li Ronghao’s style of singing rather suits Leo Ku’s voice. But if you haven’t been listening to Li Ronghao (*gasps*), then you can just ignore what I’ve just said and enjoy the song.
Eason Chan‘s latest Mandarin album, “RICE & SHINE”, half of which was written and produced by JJ Lin, was actually criticized for sounding “too JJ Lin”, too. Yet when I went and first listened to it I didn’t feel that that was the case . . . at all (and I saw the review AFTER listening to the album, anyway). Then when said critic started referencing songs off of “RICE”, which was written and produced by Radio Mars, the argument sort of just crumbled down.
Music Video? 97%