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November's Chopin (十一月的蕭邦) (shi yi yue de xiao bang)

November's Chopin (十一月的蕭邦) (shi yi yue de xiao bang)

Release Date: 1st November 2005

Overall Rating: Rating Stars

The sixth album from Jay Chou, the title of the album is named after Chopin who Jay admires greatly and also to the fact that the album was released in November, which is later than his usual release date. The influence of Chopin is clearly seen in the title track Nocturnes which is named after Chopin's famous piece of work. The lyrics describe the loss of a lover. Track 5 sees Jay poking fun at the paparazzi. The album features the regular lyricists Vincent Fang, Devon Song and Huang Jun Lang. Jay composes all the songs by himself again.

1.Nocturnes (夜曲) (ye qu)
2.Blue Storm (藍色風暴) (lang se feng bao)
3.Hair Like Snow (髮如雪) (fa ru xue)
4.Black Sweater (黑色毛衣) (hei se mao yi)
5.Attacked From All Sides (四面楚歌) (si mian chu ge)
6.Maple (楓) (feng)
7.Romantic Handphone (浪漫手機) (lang man shou ji)
8.Reverse Scale (逆鱗) (ni lin)
9.Maltose (麥芽糖) (mai ya tang)
10.Coral Sea (珊瑚海) (shan hu hai)
11.Drifting (飄移) (piao yi)
12.All The Way North (一路向北) (yi lu xiang bei)

Editor's Review

Rating Stars Reviewed by kelvin on 9th October 2006

Track 01 - The perfect combination of a minor love song and Jay style rapping, a sad song plus a classical piano commerating a dead lover in a sad but beautiful way. "I play for you Chopin's Nocturnes, commemorating my dead love, the same sound as the night winds, heart breaking sounds good..." A great track to open the album with, the song itself is not especially spectacular but it conveys the sadness of the song very well. The lyrics are probably the major highlight in this song, Vincent has been very brave to write the lyrics the way they are and to put this track as the first track is also quite surprising.

Track 02 - The commercial theme song for "Pepsi" all over Asia, imitating the singing manner of narratives in the oratorio "Messiah" from the Baroque era. The strong rhythm rolls up a big storm, traning your sense of hearing. At the start this song seems like a very typical commercial song but after more listening it feels very unique, however, the phone sounds get very irrating after a while and the beginning does not seem to fit with the rest of the song.

Track 03 - The most recommended piece of work from Jay. It contains three different kinds of singing style, Jay reaches another level with his high notes! Jay is the founder of the start of Chinese style pop music, after "East Wind Break" he once again produces another great piece of work. This is without a doubt the most listenable track on the album. It's possible to keep playing this song without being bored. The song in my opinion is much better than his previous attempt "East Wind Breaks" at mixing Chinese style with Western style. The song also finishes off with a very Chinese feel with the use of "er" and this time it is moderately used instead of being overused in "My Territory".

Track 04 - A high quality lyrical rnb song in the minor, the song is filled with the a thick foreign style. When the black sweater worn by together by two people is lost, it is also the time when love passes. A very solid song with a good melody and decent lyrics. The thing I like most about this song is the thick flavour of rnb. The lyrics are also very simple and short making this song very easy to sing along to.

Track 05 - Dogs that are biting on an apple, holding cameras telling stories, in exchange for a few more bones, under the surrounding of foes from all sides, a song Jay wrote of spy vs spy about animal care. This is Jay's answer to the media always following him, it's only right he replies with music I suppose. The song itself is very Jay-like with some fast paced rapping and overall the song flows very well throughout. Though I'm not sure why he decided to put some Korean rap into the song. I do like the little joke Jay puts at the end of the song referencing to Detective Conan, an anime.

Track 06 - "Nan Quan Ma Ma"'s Devon helps his senior apprentice write lyrics to the lyrical rock piece. The autumn season full of memories, the maple leaves slowly falling down are like thoughts, the northern wind brushes past the expressions of missing you, it becomes pages of a lonely moving poem. Jay said in an interview he thinks this is the sequel to the song "Run Aground" on the previous album, lyrical of course since it is written by the same person. To be honest this song is disappointing both lyrical and in terms of melody. The lyrics are sometimes awkward and it's very hard to understand what exactly it's trying to convey, perhaps a little too much use of metaphors. The melody seems quite messed up sometimes.

Track 07 - Carrying the relaxed mood of drinking afternoon tea, You smile browsing the romance in the handphone, on the fictitious soil slowly watering the feelings, the true geniune heart given to you is only limited to Jay. This is possibly one of my favourite songs on the album, the first impression of this song is that it has the "Simple Love" feel. The song is very easy going and relaxing to hear. The verses are not too special and the chorus makes up for this with some excellent singing by Jay.

Track 08 - After "General", "In The Name Of The Father", "Genius lyricist", Huang Jun Lang offers up the latest work for Jay hip-hop style! If you touch by accident the scale that grows in the reverse direction on the dragon's body, be careful about the fact that the Descendants of the Dragon will strike back, the self-respect of the Chinese people will definitely not let foreigners insult them! At first this song did not strike me as being very amazing but after more times of listening to it, the song begins to grow on you. The heavy beats and meaningful remind me of "Dad I Have Come Back".

Track 09 - A love song full of fresh sweet fragances, the sweet smelling maltose is like the colour of first love, a countryside poet under the sun with a guitar, sweetly in love with you! The style of the song is very unlike Jay, even though for me it doesn't particular sound great but it is fresh and different. Overall this is probably the least listened to song on the album.

Track 10 - The sea crow and fish love each other was only an accident, the fresh collaboration between Jay and Lara! With deep feeling creating a new standard for K songs with male and female duet, just let love be deeply buried in the Coral Sea....A fresh new duet with a good tune. The only problem is that the two's voices just don't mix and end up sounding quite bad. This song would probably have been better off being a solo song for Jay.

Track 11 - The theme song to the movie "Initial D", the flavour of hip hop is thick. The engine sound here is like a kind of musical instrument, add all the horsepower, drift all the way, let my revolting roar and pass excitingly by each side, man and car one body, drifting in between youth! This is a great song with a great beat. The song is full of engine noises and fits very nicely with drifting. A surprise when reading the credits for the song is that Vincent Fang is listed as one of the background vocalists.

Track 12 - A british style lyrical rock song, an interlude song written for the movie "Initial D". You turn around towards your back, the side of your face is still very beautiful, I go all the way north, towards loneliness. This song starts of brilliantly with a good guitar solo. Perhaps it is just that Jay's voice does not suit rock too well but when his voice came in it just did not sound right.

Overall - Overall a great album to add to your Jay collection. The album has at least 3-4 songs that you will just keep listening to again and again. The album also feels less commercial with only about 2 songs that feel like they have been written especially for commercials. Vincent Fang has also proven once again his skills as a lyricist are unmatched with some really excellent work in this album. In terms of singing Jay has performed very well in this album reaching some unexpected high notes very often in songs.

Rating Stars Reviewed by Felicjan Dulski on 24th January 2013

Kupiłem za 1 zł. i słucham :) Faajne!

Rating Stars Reviewed by Studio Era on 9th January 2013

Loved the way he used the poet of the piano's name as part of the album name. CHOPIN FOREVA!!!!!!!!

This has to be the BEST Jay Chou album ever released. 'Nuff said.

Rating Stars Reviewed by Studio Era on 9th January 2013

Loved the way he used the poet of the piano's name as part of the album name. CHOPIN FOREVA!!!!!!!!

This has to be the BEST Jay Chou album ever released. 'Nuff said.

Rating Stars Reviewed by ckchoi on 2nd July 2012

favorite jay album

Rating Stars Reviewed by cheetah on 18th November 2011

I read some of the comments, and I have to disagree with some of you. I don't care how much music background some of you have. I think Maple is the most underrated song by Jay Chou, just because it's similar to Run Around. To me, Maple is very different from Run Around, from the arrangement of the chords to choosing instruments. Jay added more musical elements to this song, which make it the highest point of his career.

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

From my favorite :-
On the scale of 5

1)夜曲 - 5

2)珊瑚海 - 5

3)四面楚歌 - 5

4)楓 - 5

5)黑色毛衣 - 5

6)髮如雪 - 5

7)飄移 - 4.5

8)一路向北 - 4.5

9)浪漫手機 - 4.5

10)麥芽糖 - 4.5

11)藍色風暴 - 4

12)逆鱗 - 4

Comment : he is incomparable

Rating Stars Reviewed by fluffythepen on 8th July 2010

Nocturne was the very first Jay song I listened to that got me to know him. For a really long time, I listened to that song over and over again. However, the other songs in this album don't really stick to me much, unlike the other albums, but they were okay.

Rating Stars Reviewed by tom on 13th March 2010

My personal opinion
1.Nocturnes (夜曲) (ye qu)
8/10
2.Blue Storm (藍色風暴) (lang se feng bao)
9/10
3.Hair Like Snow (髮如雪) (fa ru xue)
10/10
4.Black Sweater (黑色毛衣) (hei se mao yi)
8/10
5.Attacked From All Sides (四面楚歌) (si mian chu ge)
8/10
6.Maple (楓) (feng)
10/10
7.Romantic Handphone (浪漫手機) (lang man shou ji)
7/10
8.Reverse Scale (逆鱗) (ni lin)
8/10
9.Maltose (麥芽糖) (mai ya tang)
8/10
10.Coral Sea (珊瑚海) (shan hu hai)
10/10
11.Drifting (飄移) (piao yi)
8/10
12.All The Way North (一路向北) (yi lu xiang bei)
7/10

101/120 84% 4/5

Rating Stars Reviewed by jaychoupwns on 3rd November 2008

My favorite album by jay chou.
actually, my favorite album by anyone

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