Amy: A Life in Music
2005 – Andrea Echeverri – Andrea Echeverri
For many of you, La Colombiana is undoubtedly Shakira. For me, however, it’s Andrea Echeverri. The lead of Colombian band Aterciopelados has a very distinct voice, but the music she released as a soloist is in a whole different boat of the singer of Bolero Falaz .
In her solo debut, Echeverri had just experienced motherhood. The album is a little hippie but songs like Quedate (Stay) give such a natural sexy vibe without ever being trashy or cheap or cheesy.
2006 – Marit Larsen – Under the Surface
As Julyssa may have already noticed, my Scandinavian phase begun that year. I even ordered this straight from Norway, which cost me a bit of money. Me being a big M2M fan, I had downloaded a couple of tracks online, fell in love with this folksy pop sound and just had to have it.
What I always loved about Marit was that she did such sweet sounding tracks, about some heart crashing things. She really embodied that Magic Realism aspect of things.
Runner-up: The Dresden Dolls – Yes, Virginia — this album is also awesome, you should listen to it.
2007 – Bibi Zhou (周笔畅) – NOW/WOW
In theory, I didn’t meet Bibi until those fateful five seconds on Beijing Welcomes You [MV], in which she dazzled me with her unique voice. However, it seems extremely unfair to include any of the music that I thought was best back in 2007.
Bibi’s voice fills me up in a way that only a great vocalist can. It goes beyond genre, and it did when she blew me away with her double album NOW/WOW, to this date — her best.
I know Julyssa loves Just to Meet You (为了认识你), but I just love how uplifting The Future is Now (未来就是现在) sounds.
Runner-up: Ólafur Arnalds – Eulogy for Evolution / LeeHom Wang (王力宏) – Change Me (改變自己)
2008 – Mayday (五月天) – Poetry of the Day After (後青春期的詩)
From this point on, I had already been turned to a lot of Chinese music. I was almost to eager to add other Chinese albums in the previous years, but I had to contain myself.
Half of Poetry of the Day After has that characteristic melancholic side of the Taiwan music scene, with songs such as Suddenly Missing You (突然好想你) [MV] and the Golden Melody Award nominated Best Song, You Are not Truly Happy (你不是真正的快樂). Other songs just baffle me, like Liver-busting (爆肝) [MV].
The first time I heard, and I mean truly listening with meaning and all, it was just striking.
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2009 – Chang Shilei (常石磊) – Niu China (牛! 中国! 80后的红色经典)
I’m not a communist, but I loved the arrangements of these red songs so much! LOL, like literally blew me away. No one gushes over Niu China online as much as I have and the people at Layabozi.
His rendition of Endless Waves in Honghu Lake (洪湖水浪打浪) is still one of my favorites.
2010 – Jonsi – Go
Jonsi’s solo album is just magic, making you go through your life as if the your best years are gone, and then wants you to live again.
Go through your life in music. It’s a hard endeavor. As you can see from my picks of albums and songs, I have very deep issues within me. LOL It takes time and it brings back all those things you thought were forgotten. Music, after all, is even more personal than films.