Jay Chou – A Sailor Afraid of Water
A lot of people are wondering what Jay Chou is doing. This is definitely not commercial pop. But I don’t mind when the guy goes a little bit Honky-tonk, which he has been experimenting with since he opened JVR Music and released On the Run (我很忙). In the album, which even shows him in a cowboy outfit on top of a carousel pink pony, Jay Chou has tracks like Cowboy on the Run (牛仔很忙) [MV].
Actually, if Chou’s music wasn’t in Mandarin, those singles could probably create a splash on CMT. Better yet, would you imagine CMT playing country music in Mandarin leaving their core audience scratching their heads? Could you imagine CMT playing Chou’s Mr. Magic (魔術先生) [MV], Wandering Poet (流浪詩人) [MV] or Rice Fragrance (稻香) [MV].
Now, Jay has released his 11th studio album entitled Exclamation Mark (驚嘆號), which includes his animated single for Exclamation [MV] and his Justin-Bierberesque Mine, Mine [MV]. This time around he’s got the cartoony and fun A Sailor Afraid of Water (水手怕水), which combines the folksy piano of the late 1800’s or early 1900’s music style with some beatboxing and loads of Mandarin sound play.
There’s a YinYueTai version available.