Jay Chou – The Era

Release date: May 18, 2010
Label: JVR Music

Tracklist

  1. 跨時代 (The Era)
  2. 說了再見 (Said Goodbye)
  3. 煙花易冷 (Fireworks Cool Easily)
  4. 免費教學錄影帶 (Free Tutorial Video)
  5. 好久不見 (Long Time No See)
  6. 雨下一整晚 (Rain Falls at Night)
  7. 嘻哈空姐 (Hip Hop Stewardess)
  8. 我落淚。情緒零碎 (I Weep, Spirit in Pieces)
  9. 愛的飛行日記 (Diary: Fly for Love)
  10. 自導自演 (Self Directed and Acted)
  11. 超人不會飛 (Superman Can’t Fly)

Zhonguo Feng idol Jay Chou is back with The Era, as he tries to make it as an actor, producer and director. It seems like Chou is somewhat stuck in a place creatively.

Starting with the messy synth pop rock title track, suddenly followed by a soft ballad like Said Goodbye, we seem to be waiting for a train wreck. Luckily for Chou, he followed it with Fireworks Cool Easily, a soft period drama-like song that is easily a stand-out piece for instrumentation and musicality alone.

Perhaps he tries to experiment in the middle of the album, as he adds the spaghetti western Free Instructional Video, and the Zhongguo Feng pop ballad It Rains All Night. The rest of the tracks are filled with Chou’s typical pop slow jams with catchy hooks. Yes, including Superman Can’t Fly.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

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