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Jay Album (杰倫專輯) (jie lun zhuan ji)

Jay Album (杰倫專輯) (jie lun zhuan ji)

Release Date: 1st November 2000

Overall Rating: Rating Stars

Jay Album is the groundbreaking debut album from the talented writer Jay Chou. Featuring a fresh r&b style and wonderful lyrics from Vincent Fang, Vivian Hsu and Jay himself. All the tracks on the album are composed by Jay. The first track Lovable Woman features the lovely Vivian Hsu in the music video. Every track has a music video except for track 8, although there is a KTV which was not made by Jay.

1.Lovable Woman (可愛女人) (ke ai nü ren)
2.Perfectionism (完美主義) (wan mei zhu yi)
3.Clear Stars (星晴) (xing qing)
4.Wife (娘子) (niang zi)
5.Bullfight (鬥牛) (dou niu)
6.Black Humour (黑色幽默) (hei se you mo)
7.Istanbul (伊斯坦堡) (yi si tan bao)
8.Old Indian Turtledove (印地安老斑鳩) (yin di an lao ban jiu)
9.Tornado (龍捲風) (long juan feng)
10.Clock That Goes Backwards (反方向的鐘) (fan fang xiang de zhong)

Editor's Review

Rating Stars Reviewed by kelvin on 9th October 2006

Track01 - This is an easy to listen to song. It is very popular with girls, probably because it is about Jay talking about a lovable woman. In the MTV Vivian Hsu, the lyricist of the song makes an appearance. I think this song has a very good tune and rhythm to it. Jay's performance of the song is excellent and it is full of R&B flavour.

Track02 - This is a rather different type of song to the first. It is slightly faster than track 1 but it is still a good song. The song is about a woman who is so good at dealing with emotional situations it is almost scary. This song is a little weird as at the end Jay starts to sing his own name.

Track03 - This has got to be one of Jay's most memorable songs. The rhythm is slow and catchy. I think the best part of this song is the first couple of lines. Jay has really done well with the backing vocals. The song is very soothing to the ears. The words match perfectly with the song as it is about nature and Jay talks about imaginary things such as riding the wind. Highly recommended.

Track04 - This is a very fast rapping song. It is simply impossible to keep up with Jay. The song is based in ancient times and is about a man and his wife. From the MTV it looks like Jay is having an affair and his poor wife is waiting for him by the river.

Track05 - This is a song about a bullfight. The title is a metaphor about playing basketball. As you can see in the MTV Jay plays a big man and you could say Jay is fighting a bull. The song has quite a laid back feel and it is a good song to listen to when relaxing.

Ttack06 - This song has a lot of meaning to it. The MTV shows this with it's classy black & white video. The music is just right even though there isn't much. The piano gives the song a classic feel. Jay's performance of this song makes this song a classic.

Track07 - This song has a great tune. The words may not have much meaning but they have a certain innocence that makes the song good. This is a slow song and depends on the beat.

Track 08 - This is the weirdest song on the album and is probably my least favourite. It is original but just a bit too radical for me to accept. The content of the song is about a turtledove and it doesn't really mean much to me.

Track09 - My favourite song on the album and possibly of the year. The song that probably made him as famous as he is now and it was the song that I first liked. This song has a great beat and the words are simply fantastic. The song sounds like a different song when you put the singing off. The only bad thing is that it doesn't last long enough. The MTV is also good and does the song justice.

Track10 - This is a song about going back in time. The lyrics in this song flow very well together and the backing vocals are also very well coordinated. I think the song is about Jay being dumped by a girl who is very cruel to him. He still loves her and wants to go back in time.

Overall - This album is a brilliant debut album and is well worth getting. A majority of the songs in it are great and Jay's performance is excellent.

Rating Stars Reviewed by Just My Pride on 13th September 2010

His first album had show that he is different from any other singer... His Era began just as his first album released... 无与伦比 为杰沉沦...

Rating Stars Reviewed by tom on 13th March 2010

Just my personal opinion
1.Lovable Woman (可愛女人) (ke ai nü ren)
7/10
2.Perfectionism (完美主義) (wan mei zhu yi)
8/10
3.Clear Stars (星晴) (xing qing)
8/10
4.Wife (娘子) (niang zi)
7/10
5.Bullfight (鬥牛) (dou niu)
6/10
6.Black Humour (黑色幽默) (hei se you mo)
9/10
7.Istanbul (伊斯坦堡) (yi si tan bao)
6/10
8.Old Indian Turtledove (印地安老斑鳩) (yin di an lao ban jiu)
9/10
9.Tornado (龍捲風) (long juan feng)
7/10
10.Clock That Goes Backwards (反方向的鐘) (fan fang xiang de zhong)
7/10
74/100 74% 3.5/5

Rating Stars Reviewed by CDNjayfan on 28th December 2008

I should preface my remarks by noting that I'm Canadian and don't know any Mandarin, aside from a few words here and there (like "wo ai ni"). I remember the first time I heard this album I really couldn't believe my ears. I've been hooked on Jay ever since, and still wait for each new album to arrive in the Fall. This one is one of the best debut albums I have heard by any artist. I think the mark of a great album is that it still sounds fresh and relevant years later, and this one still does. Jay takes a lot of chances vocally and with his arrangements, and I think his singing on this album is his most reckless and sexy.

1.Lovable Woman

I admit it, I put this song on repeat one day and kept listening to it for about an hour. Perfect blend of pop and jazz, and very sweet. The a capella ending is very cool. Even though I can't really understand the lyrics, his vocal really carries a youthful love, and you can almost feel him getting high off of it. When he inhales during the vocal, I feel this even more. I can almost see him spinning slowly with his arms stretched out as he sings this one.

2.Perfectionism

If I had to pick a least favourite song on the album, it's this one. I still like that Jay takes some vocal risks by running up into his falsetto range, but this song never does much for me. The orchestration in the breaks reminds me of Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite, a Beatles song from 1967 - but then Jay mixes some rap into it and goes in a cool direction from there.

3.Clear Stars

Poppy with a smooth R and B feel, more cool and mature than lovable woman. Always reminds me of Babyface's songs - R and B feel with acoustic guitar. One of my favourites, I always feel good when I listen to this one.

4.Wife

OK, this is one of the best songs I have ever heard by anyone. Period. Completely original - Jay makes jazz and rap combine perfectly. This song still sounds new every time I hear it. Very cool and laid back vocal. Whenever I introduce people to Jay's music this is the first song I play for them. Plus it's just plain sexy. Makes me want to learn Mandarin.

5.Bullfight

I'm a big fan of basketball, and this song really captures the rhythms and feel of the game musically. The vocals sound like a ball going through the net, and the rhythms pick up the dribble and back and forth on the court, and last second shots made at the buzzer. He makes the squeak of shoes on the hardwood sound like a part of the song. Not sure how he does it, but he hears music everywhere and knows how to recreate it in a song.

6.Black Humour

Heartfelt and dramatic piano ballad - Jay is a master of this kind of song, makes me feel like crying and I have no idea what he is saying. I think Jay has a sense of the operatic in terms of drama, he knows how to make songs build and maintain or increase the tension. This one goes over the top a little bit, but I still love it and get into it, even when it gets a bit too dramatic.

7.Istanbul

Sweet R and B stylings. Very pleasant song that showcases Jay's vocal range without going overboard, especially the falsetto range. So sweet.


8.Old Indian Turtledove

This is one of my favourite Jay songs. Quirky blend of sounds, almost funk, kind of like Jane's Addiction and Red Hot Chilli Peppers, but always uniquely Jay. His ability to weave sounds into music is brilliant - he really is a composer and not just a songwriter. This song is a great example of what I love in Jay's music - everything he hears is music to him. This song is Jay at his reckless best vocally - almost like a talented skateboarder making you hold your breath because he is always on the edge of losing it but somehow pulls it out and makes it work.

9.Tornado

Perfectly crafted pop song. I'm not a major fan of pop music in general, but when a song is put together this well, the genre actually has a lot to offer. The instrumentation is simple but just right. Gentle vocals that hit falsetto notes in all the right places. Takes a dramatic turn as the song progresses, but it works, with a swell of layered strings and showing Jay has some real power in his voice. Gentle, back up vocals are just right as the song builds to a more hushed finish.


10.Clock That Goes Backwards

Almost new-agey piano and synthesizer intro, with the synthesizer carrying the main vocal melody in a higher register - another surprise on an album full of musical surprises. So peaceful and relaxing, great way to end an album, it kind of rolls along just right. Not an overpowering vocal, but it really fits the atmospheric feel of this piece. And then Jay works in a gentle rap - one more surprise to end the album.

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