Loud Releases: Angel Wings

Loud Releases: Angel Wings

If your impression of Rainie Yang is still that of her debut as a sweet young thing in 2005, her eighth studio album, Angel Wings, will erase that image in an instant.

Back then, she burst onto the Mandopop scene singing ditties like Ambiguity and Ideal Lover.

The Taiwanese songbird, now 29, is all grown up. And it certainly shows in her more nuanced delivery.

While she is great on conventional karaoke-friendly ballads such as the title track and Brave Love, it is the quirkier tunes that allow her to fully flex her vocal chops.

Subtle, acoustic piece Loneliness Along With Safeness, penned by local singer-songwriter Tanya Chua, is my favourite track on the record as its minimalist arrangement - just a couple of jangly guitars - accompanies Yang's sweet vocals perfectly.

Another song, Kidnapped By Myself, written by Sodagreen frontman Wu Ching-Feng, is haunting and heartbreaking.

Format: CD, digital download

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