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Fantasy (范特西) (fan te xi)

Fantasy (范特西) (fan te xi)

Release Date: 20th September 2001

Overall Rating: Rating Stars

The second album from Jay Chou, this is considered by many to be the album that propelled Jay into stardom. Once again featuring lyrics from his two partners Vincent Fang and Vivian Hsu. Fantasy lives up to its name with songs centered around strange and wonderful themes. Jay again composes all the songs in the album. The first track is very famous for its originality in describing love through time. Track 2 also garners praise with its lyrics on a sensitive subject as well as being sung partially in Taiwanese. Nun-Chuks is the track that has brought Jay the most fame with its combination of Chinese music and hip hop.

1.Love In BC (愛在西元前) (ai zai xi yuan qian)
2.Dad I Have Come Back (爸我回來了) (ba wo hui lai le)
3.Simple Love (簡單愛) (jian dann ai)
4.Ninja (忍者) (ren zhe)
5.Cannot Speak (開不了口) (kai bu liao kou)
6.Shanghai 1943 (上海一九四三) (shang hai yi jiu si san)
7.Sorry (對不起) (dui bu qi)
8.William's Castle (威廉古堡) (wei lian gu bao)
9.Nun-Chuks (雙截棍) (shuang jie gun)
10.Silence (安靜) (an jing)

Editor's Review

Rating Stars Reviewed by kelvin on 9th October 2006

Track01 - Returns you to the moving history of Mesopotamia. This is the start song to the series "Ugly woman returns". A great song to start the album, Jay has written this track perfectly. The music is very R&B and everything comes together very well. This completely fits the requirements of a fantasy. Though I think the words might not be understood by some of his younger audience.

Track02 - The tune is an interesting & easy to listen to song. This is a song with Jay's real disposition. This song combines classic with R&B and rap. The song tells the story of a son whose father beats his mother. This song has a very modern taste and deals with themes that are not normally dealt with in songs.

Track03 - Theme song to 'Star Blue'. This is a very well written song and listening to it gives me a feeling of being young. The song is well organised and pretty easy to understand. It gives me the feeling of young love - simple love.

Track04 - This song takes you into the world of Japanese electronics music. This song has a very Japanese feel to it. The instruments used are Japanese and even the content is about Japanese themes. This song is a ray of sunshine and has a great beat. The MTV is also cool.

Track05 - This song is about a man who carries the important task of going out to invade in space. This is also a love story and a very touching one too. I think this is my favourite song in the whole album. Once again the lyricist is Vivian Hsu and she really has written a masterpiece. The song is well written and it has a great MTV. This is definitely one to look out for. Jay seems to like to add his own bit in at the end of live performances.

Track06 - The end song for the series 'Ugly woman returns'. This has a sort of remembering feel to it. The song is not modern and it focuses on the past. It is basically about a person who imagines how his parents were in 1943. The song is slow and I have to admit I didn't really like the idea of Shanghai 1943 and I felt it was a bit boring but the song gets better as you listen to it more.

Track07 - The song for 2001 Unified drinking tea commercial. This is a fast beat song and has a lot of rapping in it. I'm not sure what this song is about but it has something to do with a guy meeting a girl and then loosing her. This is a good song to listen to.

Track08 - This song is about a mysterious vampire in a gorgeous atmospheric suspense. This song is a fantasy. It is very original and I don't remember the last time I heard a song about vampires. The song is a breath of fresh air with its uses of organs and all things gothic.

Track09 - China's firm but gentle and also with the aid of the brave and fierce rock and roll. Plus super fast rap. This combines old Chinese instruments with modern electric guitar. This is certainly a burst of innovation. When you first think of this combination you would never think it would work but Jay has pulled it off in style. The song looks so good especially when Jay sings it while showing off nun-chuks.

Track10 - This song is about the sorrow of silently playing a piano alone. This is a slow and classical song with the main instrument being the piano. Jay writes the words and they are quite touching. I don't think the words matches the quality of those he wrote in Black Humour but they are still good. This is bit of a sad song and you should probably listen to it when you are feeling sorrow.

Overall - This is Jay's second album and after the success of the first it looked hard to beat but Jay has done himself proud. This album is simply fantastic. There is a lot of variety and all the songs are catchy. Jay has really surpassed himself.

Rating Stars Reviewed by Just My Pride on 5th November 2010

best album ever

Rating Stars Reviewed by tom on 13th March 2010

Just my personal opinion

1.Love In BC (愛在西元前) (ai zai xi yuan qian)
8/10
2.Dad I Have Come Back (爸我回來了) (ba wo hui lai le)
7/10
3.Simple Love (簡單愛) (jian dann ai)
7/10
4.Ninja (忍者) (ren zhe)
8/10
5.Cannot Speak (開不了口) (kai bu liao kou)
8/10
6.Shanghai 1943 (上海一九四三) (shang hai yi jiu si san)
9/10
7.Sorry (對不起) (dui bu qi)
8/10
8.William's Castle (威廉古堡) (wei lian gu bao)
9/10
9.Nun-Chuks (雙截棍) (shuang jie gun)
9/10
10.Silence (安靜) (an jing)
9/10

82/100 82% 4/5

Rating Stars Reviewed by CDNjayfan on 28th December 2008

OK, so my same disclaimer - I'm Canadian and don't know Mandarin, but Jay's music is universal. Not understanding the lyrics hasn't stopped me from loving what he creates. Most artists follow up an amazing first album with a lame second one. This album may actually be even better than his first, but I love both for different reasons. I like that his first album is more reckless, but this album has such great songs, with the last two on it (Nun-Chucks and Silence) being the best combination of songs on any of his albums (my opinion of course, but that's what a review is after all).

1.Love In BC

Picks up where Jay left off in his first album. A simple pop song that keeps building in simple ways that feels inevitable and like it couldn't be written any other way. Immediately easy to take in and enjoy. Great way to start an album, tasty and leaves me hungry for whatever follows.

2.Dad I Have Come Back

Something very haunting and disturbing about this song - it has taken me a while to enjoy it. I guess I can't really say I enjoy it because it doesn't make me feel good, but it does make me feel intensely, and Jay seems to be very effective at doing that. The Spanish-tinged brass is a great touch, a bit melancholy, and somehow makes sense with the rap and singing. Never quite sure how Jay does it, but he makes the most surprising things work. Ending the song with thunder claps and rain always keeps that disturbing feeling alive a bit longer - but quickly washed away when the next track begins...

3.Simple Love

The song sounds like its title - the melody and arrangement carry the feeling of when love feels simple and easy and nothing else really matters. Life is good. This song sticks in my head whenever I hear it - wo ai ni, ni ai wo - very sweet and simple. Perfect pop arrangement.

4.Ninja

Very sexy-cool rap with laid back speaking over the rap and falsettos that only Jay could manage to make sexy. A bit repetitive, but I never really care because I like the feel of this song.

5.Cannot Speak

One of the most perfectly constructed songs I have heard. The vocal line builds so slowly and beautifully, and the instrumentation keeps changing subtly and building. I can listen to this one over and over. Great singing - I think Jay's singing is underestimated. He may not have the strongest voice, but he always seems to know exactly how to use it to fit the character of his songs. He uses his voice like a true artist.

6.Shanghai 1943

Hard to follow Cannot Speak - this one just doesn't carry the same depth for me and I don't find it very memorable. The same kind of instrumentation sounds much better on Love in BC and Simple Love.

7.Sorry

Very cool use of syncopation to start off. There is traditional instrument he also uses later on in November's Chopin (Blue Storm) that I always love the sound of - no idea what it is, but a great sound.

8.William's Castle

I guess this is kind of Jay's version of Thriller, and I like it better than Michael Jackson's. Very haunting melody, great use of chimes and his rap fits the eerie sound by jumping around in his vocal range and also having sudden and relaxed falls. The singing that comes in later is great, and the fast rap that follows is perfect. Then a pipe organ that still fits the song. Very cool arrangement.

9.Nun-Chuks

Brilliant. For me, along with Wife, one of Jay's very best. Always amazed at the way he fuses rap and traditional instruments, and a great heavy metal, head banging sound. And typical Jay, he throws in musical surprises with a sudden turn to classical piano that keeps the rhythm of the rap, and then a false ending. Everything about this song is great - I always have to crank the stereo when this comes on. (And a great song in concert - yes, I saw Jay when he came to Toronto!)

10.Silence

Makes me feel like crying every time I hear it, his singing is so human and heartbreaking And having it follow Nun-Chuks is amazing. The best combination of songs on any of his albums. I think this is one of his best piano ballads. It may be his best, but my opinion on that always changes because he has so many great piano ballads. But even not understanding a word I can tell how heartbroken he is singing it. I can't believe the vulnerability in this song immediately following the in your face energy of Nun-Chuks. Not just a great song, but a great performance.

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