Asian pop review: Renovate by Soft Lipa

Asian pop review: Renovate by Soft Lipa
CD cover: Renovate by Soft Lipa

RENOVATE

Soft Lipa

KAO Media Group

Rating: 4/5

TAIWAN - The album cover promises that this contains Taiwanese rapper Soft Lipa's naked confessions. It is about the best and worst of him and it holds nothing back. It is a bold claim, but then again, there has never been anything timid about his music. In previous outings, he had bridged hip-hop with jazz (Moonlight, 2010) as well as hip-hop with folk (Have A Holiday, 2012) with various collaborators.

This time, it is Soft Lipa front and centre over a sprawling two-disc set. On the first disc alone, the subjects tackled run the gamut from the fecal to the carnal. The provocatively titled King Of S*** goes: "Longest bout of diarrhoea, best way of wiping the a**/Finally reached this stage, all hail the king".

And on Ahhh Yeah, he delves into desire and seduction: "With you, I want to/Ahh Yeah Ahh Yeah/ Emanating, and grasping, just the right amount of humour/For just the right reward".

On the album closer Shi Poem, he raps: "You should be 38, if I could change anything, you would be rich/Are you still on meds? Returned to the middle path or sneered at for being crazy?/What about your parents? Have they signed the divorce papers?/Have you remembered the stories of them and them?"

It feels deeply personal and confessional at the same time. As promised, no holds barred.


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