[RECAP] Just An Alluring Smile (Love O2O) Ep 9-10

Read episodes 1-8 recap here. Disclaimer: In a strict sense, this isn’t a scene-by-scene recap of the drama — it’s more of a thoughts/commentary/fangirling review thing. For a detailed explanation of each episode of Love O2O in English, you can read them all at Dreams of Jianghu, then come and read up my thoughts. Oh, and…

[RECAP] Just An Alluring Smile (Love O2O) Ep 1-8

Disclaimer: In a strict sense, this isn’t a scene-by-scene recap of the drama — it’s more of a thoughts/commentary/fangirling review thing. For a detailed explanation of each episode of Love O2O in English, you can read them all at Dreams of Jianghu, then come and read up my thoughts. Oh, and spoiler alert. (Duh). 

[ALBUM REVIEW] Weibird Wei — It All Started With An Intro

Let’s judge the album cover — beautifully and intricately designed geometric patterns in pictorials. See if you can notice an iPhone, a windmill, a Converse, a cat, a lock, and a high heel. Then turn your attention to the colorful QR Code. At an impressive sixteen tracks long and not an overture, it’s about time…

[ALBUM REVIEW] Queen Wei — Queen’s Way

I’ve never really understood 魏如昀 (wèi rú yún)‘s stage name, Queen Wei — an arrogant choice, completely off-kilter with her actual public image. Though a professional singer, it’s difficult to consider this “Queen Wei” a celebrity, much less a queen. Or perhaps the contrast is intentional? Therefore, the album title Queen’s Way — I refuse to comment on the pun — is,…

[ALBUM REVIEW] Eve Ai — Talk About Eve

Let’s talk about singer-songwriter Eve Ai — the hidden gem of the C-music industry. Amongst the large slew of Mandopop releases (including Jay Chou, Hebe Tien, and Mayday) this summer is Eve Ai’s third studio album Talk About Eve. In stark contrast to her previous album Grown Love, which criticized the fallacies of society and humanity, this album seems to be a…

[ALBUM REVIEW] Joey Yung — J-POP

Disclaimer: J-POP is actually a Cantopop album. You’re welcome. (Though Joey Yung is undoubtedly an A-lister, claiming the name of an entire brand of pop is just far-fetched, especially given the state of the Cantopop industry. So just take it all in with a few grains of salt.) Unlike the often simple and clean-cut album covers of yore,…

[ALBUM REVIEW] Yoga Lin — Sell Like Hot Cakes

While sell like hot cakes — an archaic-sounding phrase for a “millennial” such as I (Seriously, though. What even is a “hot cake”?) — sounds to be an overly assertive projection, Yoga Lin‘s album is a far cry away from ostentation. Perhaps more fitting to encompass his album is the Chinese title. It’s simply a statement — 今日营业中 (jīn rì yíng yè zhōng), or…

[ALBUM REVIEW] Hebe Tien — Day by Day

Beneath the warm and cheery veneer, Hebe Tien‘s Day by Day simply isn’t routine. From the mere promos, it’s clear that Hebe’s team aimed for a more soft, demure, and lighthearted impression. As printed on the album cover: Today There definitely will be wonderful occurrences. But unrevealed to the naked eye is the struggles beneath…

[ALBUM REVIEW] Jay Chou — “Jay Chou’s Bedtime Stories”

When Jay Chou drops an album, he does it in style. And when this is Jay Chou’s bedtime stories, things get real. Juxtaposed with Jay’s ridiculous jester alter-ego, the haunting Victorian-style promos provide a mysterious and fitting concept — both a fitting continuation of 2014’s Aiyo, Not Bad and an introduction to Jay as a fun role model…

[EP REVIEW] Joanna Wang — HAM

It’s summer. School’s out. Everyone already has their lemonade, so let’s listen to Joanna Wang‘s HAM. (I tried to be all hip and cool with the reference…? No?)

[SINGLE REVIEW] Khalil Fong’s “Que Sera” ft. Jane Zhang

As listeners await the release of Khalil Fong‘s upcoming album “Journey to the West” or《JTW 西游记》, he has begun releasing individual promotional singles about once a month. After last month’s epic ode to the hero Sun Wu Kong (孙悟空), Khalil returns with a duet with singer Jane Zhang.