Asian pop review: The Key by Eason Chen

Asian pop review: The Key by Eason Chen
Cover of The Key,Eason Chan (left) and ½ Century Tour ,Jacky Cheung (right).

THE KEY

Eason Chan

EAS Music

Rating: 3.5/5

½ CENTURY TOUR (3CD)

Jacky Cheung

ioi Limited

Rating: 3.5/5

You never quite know what you are going to get with Hong Kong singer Eason Chan and that is part of the fun.

On his last Cantonese release ...3mm (2012), he went for electro-pop and took swipes at consumerist culture.

The material on his new album is more varied, starting with the musical drama of The Main Theme. It starts out almost like a gothic ballad and then takes unexpected turns along the way, morphing into an electric rock number: "Now, you have your pace, I have mine/We meet again, pity the time isn't right."

On the lovely ballad The Wanderer, he sings about going your own way: "The urchin grows up, don't ask any more, just let me go/Why does one end up following the crowd/Men are like sheep."

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