Wang Lee Hom – Love Rival Beethoven

Release Date: December 1, 1995

Tracklist:

1. Si Ji (Four Seasons)
2. Qing Di Bei Duo Fen (Love Rival Beethoven)
3. Ni Shang Le Wo De Xin (You Hurt My Heart)
4. Wei Wo Ku Yi Ci Hao Bu Hao (Cry For Me Again, Okay)
5. Love Me Tender
6. Ting Yu (Listening To The Rain)
7. Cheng Zhao Ai Zi You De Fei (Flying Free With Love)
8. The Water is Wide
9. Bie Zhe Yang Wo Hui Hu (Don’t Be Like This, I’ll Cry)
10. Last Night
11. Bu Yuan Shuo Zai Jian (Don’t Wanna Say Goodbye)

Si Ji, a love song, starts off with a mournful piano introduction, and then some strings and winds come in. Lee-Hom’s voice is warm and lower than usual in this piece. The song is a slow moving ballad, with emphasis on his voice. A beautiful melody erupts in the verses and chorus as the song moves along.

The next track, Qing Di Bei Duo Fen (Love Rival Beethoven, aka the title track) is more cheerful and upbeat than the previous song. The interlude is quite interesting: a cello (I think) plays the melody to Beethoven’s Symphony no. 9 (Ode to Joy). I guess Lee-Hom likes using his lower register during this period of his life, because he don’t seem to go into falsetto in this song either.

Falling back into a sad melody, Ni Shang Le Wo De Xin is a mournful song with light accompaniment (a lone piano). Lee-Hom’s voice is more emotionally driven (it sounds like he’s about to cry in the chorus) and gentler than the previous track. It’s also a bit quieter, to my dismay.

In contrast to the last song, Wei Wo Ku Yi Ci Hao Bu Hao has more of pop-like introduction. Like the last track though, Lee-Hom’s voice is quite quiet. The background music mostly consist of a piano, drums and a guitar, but sometimes, a string instrument can be heard. This song’s not that interesting; sounds like typical C-pop to me.

Love Me Tender begins with a soft piano solo in a minor key. This is a cover on an Elvis Presley song (if I remember correctly). As expected, Lee-Hom has perfect English; he was born and raised in America. His voice seems rather muffled in this song; maybe the range is a bit low for his voice. In the middle of the song, HE STARTS SPEAKING FRENCH (^_^). It’s a pretty sweet cover!

The next track, Ting Yu, brings us back into the world of C-pop. The introduction is pretty typical, but the melody is unique: he does arpeggios in the verses quite often (reminds me of Beauty and the Beast). In this song, we can finally hear Lee-Hom go into falsetto (in the chorus!).

Such a strange opening, especially that swooshing sound. Cheng Zhao Ai Zi You De Fei is another slow song, a love song, to be precise. The chorus is interesting though; it starts off with many layers of Lee-Hom’s voice (all harmonized). Even though the background music is pretty typical, the melody is quite unique, especially the bridge section between the verses and the chorus.

The Water is Wide is another cover (don’t know who it’s originally by though). The beginning has Lee-Hom singing a cappella for a verse, before the music comes in. His voice is so soft when singing covers, as if he isn’t sure… The cello interlude near the end is pretty though.

The next song, Bie Zhe Yang Wo Hui Hu starts so softly (frantically presses volume up button). This song is pretty dull, though the chorus is acceptable.

Once again, another cover: Last Night. Lee-Hom’s English seems a bit jumbled together, but at least he’s louder in this song.

Bu Yuan Shuo Zai Jian starts with a piano introduction, and Lee-Hom’s voice is more articulated. I’m guessing that this song is a piano ballad, because all I can hear in the background is the piano. This song is like his other songs though; kind of bored now.

Overall Rating:
3/5

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