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The Eight Dimensions (八度空間) (ba du kong jian)

The Eight Dimensions (八度空間) (ba du kong jian)

Release Date: 19th July 2002

Overall Rating: Rating Stars

The third album from Jay Chou, this album promises to take you to the eight dimensions. As usual all the tracks are composed by Jay, the lyrics are written mainly by his best partner Vincent Fang with contributions from his friend Will Liu and also Xu Shi Chang who won a contest to have his lyrics used. The album features the now famous r&b style combined with the creative lyrics. The album comes with a long movie version of the music video for The Final Battle as well as a video diary accounting the filming.

1.The Orcs (半獸人) (ban shou ren) (Warcraft III: Reign Of Chaos)
2.The Iron Box Of The Island (半島鐵盒) (ban dao tie he)
3.Secret Signal (暗號) (an hao)
4.Dragon Fist (龍拳) (long quan)
5.Where Is The Train Going? (火車叨位去) (heu chia deo wi ky) (Taiwanese)
6.Split (分裂) (fen lie) (also known as Leave/離開(li kai))
7.The Tea Grandpa Makes (爺爺泡的茶) (ye ye pao de cha)
8.Go Back To The Past (回到過去) (hui dao guo qu)
9.Milan's Small Ironsmith (米蘭的小鐵匠) (mi lan de xiao tie jiang)
10.The Final Battle (最後的戰役) (zui hou de zhan yi)

Editor's Review

Rating Stars Reviewed by kelvin on 9th October 2006

Track01 - A tough rhythm singing soul prelude to get to the truth. The song uncovers the mysteries behind the Orcs. They no longer have white pure souls and are only loyal to violence. This is a track from Warcraft III: Reign Of Chaos. I think you can only hear it in the Chinese version of the game. The song at the start is completely different to the end. It has so many different styles in it and it is just a joy to listen to.

Track02 - A book called 'The Iron Box Of The Island'. It is full of you and my memories. The more he writes the more Jay becomes mature with expressing love songs. This is a song based on Jay's photo album. It is a slow song and the song is about Jay reading a book with a girl. This song is very easy to listen to.

Track03 - The best new gentle song. Others cannot guess this secret signal. Only you can receive it! This is one of the best songs in the album. The song is about a boy and a girl sending messages to each other. This is depicted as text messages in the MTV. This is a very catchy song with a great rhythm.

Track04 - Incarnate into Eastern dragon. Leap over the yellow river's two beaches. Ascend the top of Mount Taishan. This song is palace style drumming of 'Chinese body using Western skills'. It turns over mixed Chinese rock and roll to new influence. I think this song acts in kind of the same way as what Nun-chuks did for fantasy. It combines old Chinese instruments with rock. It is very rock but the chorus sounds very similar to track 1. The MTV is very good and you could sort of tell Jay was influenced by Dragon Ball Z when he made it.

Track05 - Highest ranking, for the first time try to sing on stage. Fong Man San uses native lyrics melted with western tune. It produces an unimaginable cosy effect... This is a slow song and it isn't easy to understand.

Track06 - The sound inside my heart strokes across. Cuts open the two kinds of Jay's consciousness. This is Jay's deepest monologue. I think this has a really good tune and I could listen to this for ages. The song is about a person with a split personality. In his reality he leads a boring and ordinary life and so he wants to escape this meaningless existance. He wants his other self to take him away. Because of the song's sensative title it was renamed "Leave" for Mainland China audience.

Track07 - The tea's taste is very strong and spreads. Explaining Grandpa's intentional mediation in his life. When pure happiness melody rises, fame and gain will freely be thrown beyond the skies and the clouds. I think this song has a good beat but I sometimes think the words don't go very well in. The song also has another version called "We are growing up".

Track08 - Written by Jay's good friend. It draws out the time when people are quiet in the deep night. Grieve over the feeling of lonely love. This song was used in the One2free advert. I love the chorus to this song. This is a slow song and it has a sad feeling to it.

Track09 - The Chinese version symbol of western flowing over foreign country's wind's taste. Narrating the hard work at the small ironsmith. It is only because I desire possessing a guitar that belongs to me. This is a song that I don't particularly like in this album. I think it starts off well but then it goes horribly wrong when Jay just doesn't stop singing.

Track10 - By means of boundless strings narrating the friendship of buddies in the army who go through near death experiences. This is a present from Jay to his good friend. It is a symbol of their brotherly good friendship. I think this is one of the best songs on the album. The tune in it is great and the words are good too.

Overall - I think everyone knew this album was not going to be as good as the first two. I think that I was even more disappointed when I found out Vivian Hsu did not write on it. Jay's style has slightly changed and the instruments used have also changed. Also I think there were a lot of songs that sounded too similar. The album is still good and worth buying.

Rating Stars Reviewed by tom on 13th March 2010

Just my personal opinion
1.The Orcs (半獸人) (ban shou ren) (Warcraft III: Reign Of Chaos)
7/10
2.The Iron Box Of The Island (半島鐵盒) (ban dao tie he)
8/10
3.Secret Signal (暗號) (an hao)
7/10
4.Dragon Fist (龍拳) (long quan)
9/10
5.Where Is The Train Going? (火車叨位去) (heu chia deo wi ky) (Taiwanese)
7/10
6.Split (分裂) (fen lie) (also known as Leave/離開(li kai))
7/10
7.The Tea Grandpa Makes (爺爺泡的茶) (ye ye pao de cha)
9/10
8.Go Back To The Past (回到過去) (hui dao guo qu)
8/10
9.Milan's Small Ironsmith (米蘭的小鐵匠) (mi lan de xiao tie jiang)
7/10
10.The Final Battle (最後的戰役) (zui hou de zhan yi)
8/10
77/100 77% 4/5

Rating Stars Reviewed by Miss.Gem on 25th December 2008

My second favourite Jay album

1. Jay incorporates elements of video games and his own RnB style into this song, creating an original and catchy song that really reflects the behaviour of a 'Ban Shou Ren'. Excellent start.

2. The lyrics to me are very well-written (by Jay). I love the chorus, Jay's crooning voice makes the song more emotional and easy to relate to.

3. Another RnB song. I personally like this better than Iron Bos Of the Island. The melody is very smooth and flowing.

4. A slightly toned down version of Nunchucks, but nonetheless great and different in its own way. I like his rapping in the verses best.

5. Sung in Hokkien. Contrary to a lot of other people's opinions, i quite like this song, although it isn't my favourite out of the bunch.

6. I love this song. Second favourite out of the CD. Jay's lyrics are again emotional and deep, talking about his failures and goals and life. I really love the piano introduction!

7. The most cheerful song in the album. Jay shows his respect for family by singing about his grandpa's tea, and how he must say it's good even if it isn't. Very easy to listen to.

8. My favourite song of all time. I love this guitar ballad, and Devon's lyrics are so soulful. I LOVE IT!!!!!!! <33333333

9. Not my favourite song, but a good listen anyway.

10. This song is EPIC. Talking about the horrors of war, you can really imagine and feel the emotion in Jay's voice. I especially like the gun sounds incorporated into it.

A definite must-buy. GO JAY!

Rating Stars Reviewed by CHANGSTER on 28th July 2007

I personally think that this was one of Jay Chou's best albums.
track 1- This track is enjoyable because of the rate.
track2- This track is a slow pace song, and very calm.
track 3- One of the best tracks in this album. This track just keeps up the beat.
track4- A good track but more on the loud side. However, if you are the type of person that likes beat and action, this song is good.
track 5- This song sets the mood into a curious mood.
track 6- A slow pace track, which makes the surrounding somewhat sad. The rate of this song is constant and very peacefull.
track 7- This track "Grandfather's Tea" is a song that seems to lighten up things.
track 8- I think that this song is the best song in this album. This song has a guitar in it which sets the mood in a sad position. This track is very calm and sad. The pace is fairly slow.
track 9- This track is not one of the loud tracks but rather a more quieter one. You can get used to this track.
track 10- In the beginning of this song, there are war noises which makes this song into an aggressive mood. However, then there are some plain moments that make this song unique.

ONE OF JAY CHOU'S BEST ALBUMS :) !

---changster.

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