Asian pop review: The Impressoul 01

Asian pop review: The Impressoul 01
CD cover: The Impressoul 01 by Wu Jiahui, Cheryl Lee

Asian pop


Wu Jiahui, Cheryl Lee

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Wu Jiahui is a sensitive singer-songwriter; Cheryl Lee is an all-round entertainer who dabbles in radio, theatre, film and television.

Together, the two Malaysians make beautiful music. All of the music is composed by Wu while Lee is responsible for the lyrics, save for bonus track How To Love. The instrumentation is simple and unfussy, keeping the focus on the emotive voices and engaging songs.

Lee sings lightly of denial on Don't Wish To Listen: "Just don't wish to listen, close my eyes tightly/Throttle this secret with my own hands/Just won't admit, I'm as fragile as glass."

On Tangled, Wu trods on emotional ground: "Each and every move of my heart, memory is looking/The wind blows, the grass rustles, take the chance to pounce on me, knowing I'm weak."

They duet on ballad Don't Say You Don't Know and the more upbeat Breaking Up Is Reasonable. Lee croons on the latter: "I want you to find someone who loves you more/To look after the soul of tomorrow's tomorrow's tomorrow's you."

A soothingly soulful collaboration.

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