Asian Pop - The Best MemoryZ

Asian Pop - The Best MemoryZ

Asian Pop

THE BEST MEMORYZ

Z-Chen Chang

Awesome Productions

** ½

This is not the way to follow up a good album. Malaysian singer Z-Chen Chang's In Love With... (2011) featured Valuable Advice and Met Too Soon, moving ballads that showcased his smooth emotive pipes.

But instead of building on that momentum, The Best Memoryz is a collection of eight covers and only two new tracks.

The choice of songs to reinterpret is also not compelling, what with ho-hum radio hits such as Jacky Wu's Do You Only Think About Me On Nights Like This and Kelly Chen's Love What You Love.

There is a touch of melancholia to Chang's voice and it is on A-Sun's affecting Leaves that he really gets to shine.

As for the new tracks, ballad The Best Memory feels like a so-so attempt to recapture past glories while the more uptempo Love Is My Own Strength is merely passable.

Not exactly the stuff fond memories are made of.

Boon Chan

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