Amy’s 2017 Music Highlights
3. Ding Wei (丁薇) – Untied (松绑)
Honestly, one of my most anticipated albums, LOL And definitely the most difficult to get. I found out accidentally that it came out this year, months after the fact. I was almost offended. Zigeunerweisen (流浪者) [MV] was so close to becoming my favorite song in 2015, and I’m so glad Untied has so many other great songs.
2 . Residente – Residente
Honestly, I constantly surprise myself. LOL
Though this isn’t the first time I rank a Calle 13/Residente album, I still find it amusing that I continue to find it odd. The people that know me probably find it as puzzling, but it is what it is. Residente has been releasing interesting music with a message, making albums that are more than what you see at face value. If Multiviral was musically adventurous, Residente’s solo debut continues to do so with lead singles Somos Anormales [MV], Desencuentro [MV], and Apocaliptico .
The album even comes with an accompanying documentary [iTunes] (also possibly available on Netflix).
1. Chen Wei Lun (陈伟伦) – Think Miss Sorrow (念思愁)
And here it is, MY favorite album of the year (so far). Another amazing Xiami random discovery.
I was battling this album with Residente’s to see which one would take #1, but in the end, Li Qingzhao (李清照) poetry won. The album has 8 songs each titled and subtitled with references to different poems by female poet Li Qingzhao, who is known as the greatest Chinese female poet of the Song Dynasty.
Lyrics-wise, there’s a lot of homework to go through. LOL So it’ll always be a work in progress and discovery with Think Miss Sorrow. A likely candidate for multiple listening in the many years to come as you delve into Sinology.
I’ll take that~
You can get Think Miss Sorrow on iTunes and KKBox, as well as stream/download through Xiami. I suppose you may also be able to find the album on your stream service of choice since the album is on iTunes xD
I actually took the time to translate all the song titles, in case anyone is interested in them~
I hope everyone enjoys this music list and, at least, finds something that they like.
Please, do share some of your favorite albums (or music discoveries) this year in the comments!