Beginner’s Guide to Leehom’s Chinked-Out
Love Love Love
In his 2003 album, Leehom continues his path into pop ballads, R&B, and pop rock, but also begins experimenting a little with jazz resulting in the amazing Love Love Love — which sounds (and looks) even more impressive LIVE.
竹林深處 (Zhu Lin Shen Chu) – In the Depths of the Bamboo Forest
By the time Shangri-la was released in 2004, Chinked Out style had already begun and Leehom was a goner. With a fusion between tribal chants, hip hop, rap, Leehom Wang started sounding out of this world.
Heroes of the Earth (蓋世英雄)
花田错 (Hua Tian Cuo) – Flower Field Mistake
Of course, Leehom didn’t forget about his ballads and he started experimenting with what we refer to as Chinese style or zhongguo feng with the erhu heavily used throughout the beautiful Hua Tian Cuo.
盖世英雄 (Gai Shi Ying Xiong) – Heroes of the Earth
In 2005, Leehom continued exploring this Chinked Out style even further by fusing actual Chinese Opera — clinks, clanks, Opera vocals and all — with urban rhythms and rap verses, with the help of MC Jin. He showed a whole new generation that might not be into the basic sounds of Chinese Opera the greatness of it.