Saturday, 24 June 2017

Poll On The Side

Hey everyone!

We hope you all are ready for summer! Today we are introducing a poll for our blog regarding which CeeJay Pick of the Month songs you guys have enjoyed the most.  It's been a year since we first started these posts and we have been posting new HK or Chinese song releases each month. We want to have some feedback so we have an idea of what songs to consider featuring next time. This poll will be up until August 31st so make sure you head to the sidebar of our blog and select the songs you like! If you want to hear or re-listen to the songs, go to the "Labels" section on the sidebar and click on the "Pick of the Month" label to view all our CeeJay Pick of the Month Posts which include the youtube videos of the featured songs.


Thanks and see you next time!

-CeeJay

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

CeeJay's Pick of the Month (May) - 鄭世豪 Hoffman Cheng - 逐格回味

Hey!

Our last post for this month will be the Pick of the Month. This time we picked Hoffman Cheng's new song that came out a couple days ago. We've liked him since The Voice because of his powerful voice and stable vocals. He didn't have much musical development with The Voice Entertainment so now he's with Star Entertainment and seems to be getting more singles out. His hit song last year won a couple awards and he's back again with 逐格回味.

The MV was filmed in Tokyo which is a nice switch of setting. We liked how simple it was and there wasn't any guessing with complicated storylines. His voice is distinct in here and it's quite dynamic as well. The melody isn't too catchy after the first few listens though, so this is something we will have to listen to a couple more times. It's definitely his style so there won't be second-guessing on the artist but it's harder to distinguish his songs from one another.

It's definitely been harder to find new cantopop songs these days because we sometimes feel like they sound flat and generally cover the same topics. There's definitely not much diversity in style so it limits the audience. It would be great if there was more than ballads about breakups. Hoffman's song last year 仍堅持 was different in terms of topic and he brings an inspirational voice to his listeners.

鄭世豪 Hoffman Cheng - 逐格回味


曲:Novy Chan
詞:張纏玉
編:江暉
監:江暉

早晚亦做伴 但默然像空氣
心裡極混亂 不知怎去說起
情感說不破 相處亦孤寡無味
仍然樂意做妳 背後的知己
雖說幸運是舊日能認識妳
無奈是 喜怒樂哀都因妳而起
呆等大半生 然後自命極淒美
難道我與妳 到最後會一起

即使接近妳 不可抱緊妳
就連互望 難免亦吃力迴避
眼睛太易動情 揭露我隱秘
即使渴慕妳 欣賞妳的美
奈何實在害怕 心中有疑忌
怕相告時 得不到妳心 反遭厭棄

使我日復夜夢寐尋覓的妳
還期望 他日亦可相擁抱而死
如今為妳等 年月漸逝亦不理
惟獨對妳會 永遠耗費心機
很想接近妳 很想抱緊妳
但如互望 仍會落魄地迴避
怕雙眼若動情 透露我心理

多麼渴慕妳 欣賞妳的美
奈何並未示愛 心中有疑忌
怕相告時 馬上會處死
心中這部戲 反覆上映妳
二人共渡日子逐格在回味
妳的笑臉幻成最愉快憶記

偏偏愛慕這 得不到的妳
愈來愈陷落已經失去餘地
豁出去時 可否聽我講 一聲愛妳

Thanks for checking us out! 

- CeeJay

Monday, 22 May 2017

My Dearly Sinful Mind 心理追兇 Mind Hunter TVB Review

Hello!

It has been a long while since we've posted drama reviews for TVB because to be honest, we watched a few episodes of Provocateur and Married But Available, but they just didn't keep us interested. Surprisingly, we have been pretty up to date with My Dearly Sinful Mind as we usually enjoy crime and mystery dramas. We know it's been a while since this has aired but we have been quite busy.


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Plot Overview: In this crime thriller, psychologist Chung Tai Yin (Kenneth Ma) attempts to seek the truth behind a murder case which indirectly caused his girlfriend (Roxanne Tong), Icy's death. In the case, Lo Kin Keung (Willie Wai), a campus worker is found to have killed three girls and stabbed two. Icy was Lo Kin Keung's psychologist and had previously reported that he was not aggressive. This caused an argument between Tai Yin or TY and her, causing her to get run over by a car. As TY works to uncover the truth, he finds himself involved with a series of other cases.

Thoughts and Opinions: 

This drama had one big case that was the background focus of the entire drama, but it had small individual cases that were sometimes unrelated to the over-arching mystery. This could have gotten messy and disconnected when they started solving other cases, but the drama still managed to flow and make sense to us. We will mostly be focussing on the characters and the acting. 

The first case featured Kent Tong and Jade Leung as a divorced couple that have two sons, the older one involved in the murder of a Yuki, this 'prostitute/hooker?' It was nice seeing Kent Tong in a TVB drama again and we didn't even know he was a guest star. There seemed to be little publicity on this drama before it aired unlike some of the other ones (My Unfair Lady) that are airing this year for the 50th Anniversary. 

We thought Mat Yeung's Day stole the show for the first case. His acting is very natural here as someone with Asperger's Syndrome while still providing comic relief. A role like Day's easily shows the range of an actor abilities and we're happy that Mat is getting more roles to show his versatility.

The second case featured Helen Ma, Ho Yuen-Tong where the mom was abusing the son in public. This caused the son Ah Man to develop mental health problems. To vent out his inner emotions, he would throw things from buildings onto people who were rude and reflected his mom's behaviour. We really enjoyed this case because we felt for Man. His monologue at Free-D Radio to search for his mom was very emotional and was a highlight of the drama.

The main case revolved around Grace Wong's character Wong Hoi-Ching. It started off with Kenneth's TY Chung trying to find out what happened with his girlfriend's patient. Roxanne Tong plays Icy, TY's girlfriend who died in a car accident and she is also a psychologist. Her patient Lo Kin-Keung was involved in a murder of three girls who were friends with Grace Wong but she only got injured. The case took a while to develop because it contained a number of smaller cases that related to the characters. 

The first one was the mysterious packages that Grace received. We already felt that she was fishy when Kenneth started to help her with PTSD from the murder case. Grace Wong has definitely proved herself as a great actress with this role and from AFWFW last year. She acts well with her eyes, they can be fierce and passionate when her character calls for it. In many ways, she overshadowed the rest of the cast because there was more to her character at every turn. The more you watched, the scarier it became and she pulled it off well. 

We found Kenneth on the other hand to be just adequate here. There was nothing special and his imaginative scenes with Roxanne got redundant after like the fifth time. They played the same song every time he thought of her and it became unnecessary for him to have arguments in his mind with her when he went ahead with his plans anyways. We've always found his emotional scenes harder to watch because he keeps this longing, sad expression for too long without saying anything. In this drama, they improved but we preferred him as the serious TY Chung.

Although Sisley's acting here is a lot better than her old days, we thought her character Moon was kinda unnecessary. She didn't have much to do besides serve as Win Sir (Pierre Ngo)'s love interest and be the victim for a couple of cases. Mind you the whole love story with Win Sir only really developed in the last 5 episodes. But fortunately, it did not feel like a chore to watch her as she had great chemistry with Day as brothers and sisters. Pierre being paired with Sisley was a totally new pair and surprisingly, it was not bad to watch at all.

Speaking of Win Sir, we are glad that Pierre is finally getting larger roles, and he had quite a lot of screentime (even though he was still a supporting actor). It was nice to watch his character because the role of Win Sir was not the conventional, righteous and honorable policeman that we've seen in many dramas (except for Destination Nowhere). Instead, Win Sir was definitely flawed in that he was pessimistic at times and bitter as he blamed his dad and Day for ruining his life. 

The other stories about Grace manipulating people to get what she wanted was quite twisted. Near the end, the deaths just piled up and it wasn't even sad anymore. By the time Jack Wu (the psychologist turned bar owner friend) died, it was just another death in the books to further prove the manipulation of the Wong siblings. The drama would have been better if they took that death out and took more time to mourn for the other deaths like Dr. Fong (Stephen Wong).

We thought the ending was unconventional and that was something nice to see from TVB. First off, usually if TVB wants to go the happy route, the two villains would be either killed or would end up in jail. They did kill off Raymond Cho but it was Grace who out-smarted him. She ended up walking off sending the audience a chill down their spines yet she was able to give off a heroine vibe. This was definitely a defining moment for her character. The second thing that was different was TY driving his car straight into the ocean. Of course the series ends just as his car reaches the water so you're left wondering if he actually died to reunite with Icy. We like to think he did die and that everything to do with the drama ended right then and there. It was a nice closure despite killing off the main character. 

This drama worked in terms of characters and acting because the supporting cast was strong creating an interesting balance of characters on screen. We rate this series 8/10. 

Thanks for reading our review!

-CeeJay


Tuesday, 2 May 2017

My Unfair Lady -不懂撒嬌的女人 TVB Theme Songs Review

Hey! We're gonna be introducing the two new songs for My Unfair Lady, TVB's first 4K drama filmed entirely out of the studio. 

The theme song is sung by Stephanie Ho. She's never really had a song that we didn't like and that goes for this song too. 

For the most part the lyrics fit the drama well and the meaning is quite literal. There are just some weird phrases that we felt were awkward like 才換到結果花開. Normally it would be 開花結果 but probably because of the tune, they had to rearrange the saying... still makes sense? What's lacking for us is the melody, this one is not to memorable and catchy. We were hoping for such a hyped drama, the song would be longer and easier to catch onto. Instead this is just the first verse repeated at the very end and then three repeated choruses to fill up time that still doesn't make 3 minutes.

何雁詩 Stephanie - 我不會撒嬌 (劇集 "不懂撒嬌的女人" 主題曲)


曲:張家誠 
詞:張美賢 
編:張家誠 
監:何哲圖/韋景雲 

殘酷世代 置身千次競賽 才學會自強忍耐
沉悶有害 難道必須裝可愛 才換到結果花開

當 群眾喧嘩太紛擾 誰又聽到我心跳
能做個淑女我偏懶去撒嬌
若非 誠意不必再騷擾 留住這青春很需要
爭取分秒 明確對焦

無視障礙 理想超重負載 誰讓我值回等待
從沒替代 難道經得起感慨
能共你永不分開

當 群眾喧嘩太紛擾 誰又聽到我心跳
能做個淑女我偏懶去撒嬌
若非 誠意不必再騷擾 難道求生都必需要
懂得怎笑 練到細腰 來炫耀

當 群眾喧嘩太紛擾 誰又聽到我心跳
還用愛讓我記得怎去撒嬌
明知 誠意畢竟那麼少 而幸福憧憬多飄渺
真心需要 時間揭曉

殘酷世代 置身千次競賽 良善也倖存心內
情像意外 緣份可一不可再
這份情 我偏不想放開

The ending theme song is by HANA, The Voice Entertainment's newest female singer (kind-of a Jinny replacement). We think her voice is pretty unique but it's a little hollow and shaky? Definitely a good singer for sad love songs but for powerful, inspirational ones she would not be our first pick. This song is alright but we need to be brainwashed a couple times before it sits in haha. This is one of HANA's first songs that we have paid attention to despite her many singles on the channel from before joining Voice Ent. She does remind us of Jinny a little (but with a more powerful voice) and hopefully they give her some good songs to sing. 

Talking about the song, again the chorus is repeated three times, and we've mentioned this too many times in other song posts but where is the bridge...? Guess that's just out the door for all songs from this company. We can only comment on the repetition of this song and some of the weird lyrics again. There was one suggestion that we thought of that would work better in our opinion. For the '昨' (yesterday) in the line 星火燦爛如昨 也是場幻覺, we thought it could be replaced by 初 (beginning). It flows a little better in our opinion and also makes more sense in the context of the lyrics. 

HANA - 手中沙 (劇集 "不懂撒嬌的女人" 片尾曲) Official MV



曲:張家誠 
詞:張美賢 
編:張家誠 
監:何哲圖/韋景雲 

習慣每天加班的工作 怎麼仍然寂寞
習慣喝水潤澤沒有幻想的乾涸
在夜靜望向熒幕 逃離圍城的束縛
星火燦爛如昨 也是場幻覺

緣份只差半秒又亂了次序
情像手中的沙在罅隙跑去
辦公室裡 咖啡廳裡 和背影一對
場地只差半吋又誤了散聚
情人差點走失至努力爭取
望穿秋水 望穿秋水 靈魂的伴侶

大概再多狠狠的揮霍 心中仍然落寞
害怕舞會獨獨剩了自己的感覺
何年從何處尋獲 暖暖情人的肩膊
可給笑著投靠 以未來付託

緣份只差半秒又亂了次序
情像手中的沙在罅隙跑去
辦公室裡 咖啡廳裡 和背影一對
場地只差半吋又誤了散聚
情人差點走失至努力爭取
望穿秋水 望穿秋水 靈魂的伴侶

緣份只差半秒又亂了次序
情像手中的沙在罅隙跑去
辦公室裡 咖啡廳裡 和背影一對
場地只差半吋又誤了散聚
沿路兜彎分岔再折磨下去
望穿秋水 望穿秋水 如盪失風裡

Kayee also sings an old classic 陪著你走 that is used in the drama. It was first played in episode 7 and it feels like they just had to get Kayee a song too so all the female singers had something for this drama. We thought it was unnecessary to redo this song and the arrangement isn't anything mind-blowing. She sings well and her voice is soft and soothing, but it would've been nice for her to have an original song. 

譚嘉儀 Kayee - 陪著你走 (劇集 "不懂撒嬌的女人" 插曲)



曲:盧冠廷
詞:唐書琛
編:朱俊傑
監:何哲圖 / 朱俊傑

誰說 時間片刻變陳舊
全為我分秒亦停留
因我 身邊有你緊握我的手

而愛 誰說永不會長壽
陪著你一生到白頭
都能  把心中星星閃得通透

陪著你走 一生一世也不分
天天編出兩雙足印 過千山過千海
如果 走到這世界邊端
我倆已是無力前行 跟我一起飛去

不相信 時間片刻變陳舊
全為你分秒亦停留
因你 身邊有我緊握你的手

這份愛 誰說永不會長壽
陪著我一生到白頭
都能 把心中星星閃得通透

陪著你走 一生一世也不分
天天編出兩雙足印 過千山過千海
如果 走到這世界邊端
我倆已是無力前行 跟我一起飛去

誰說 時間片刻變陳舊
全為我分秒亦停留
因我 身邊有你緊握我的手

Thanks for reading our post and check out the new songs!

-CeeJay

Saturday, 29 April 2017

CeeJay's Pick of the Month (April) - C Allstar Singles

Hello everyone,

We have been rather slow on updates for our thoughts and opinions on dramas because we haven't been watching a lot of them this year unfortunately. We are still keeping up with the songs though because its a faster way to connect to the HK entertainment scene than to watch an episode a day for us.

This month we have four songs that we are going to introduce. They're all singles from C Allstar, each song is sung by one of its members. We thought that this idea was pretty interesting since we only know the group but have no idea who the individual members are.

The first one that was released was Take Your Time by Jase

We actually enjoy this one because it's easy going and chill. The other 3 songs are all MV's about bad breakups so this is a good break from the same themes. This sounds the most raw and authentic of the 4 songs and we enjoy seeing this side of C Allstar.

Jase@C AllStar - Take Your Time


曲:Cousin Fung/Ronald Tsui/Nic Tsui@MOYAO
詞:黃偉文
編:Cousin Fung
監:簡/Cousin Fung

Take your time 望着未來 變鑽石 那份碳
貴賓室之中 安心去揀 
像我這一款 慢熟類型 哪裡夠亮眼
至少望 三五七年 你一時 看不慣
Oh~ Oh~ Oh~
所有時間 給你 愛上災難
讓錯的變做 對先生

從前 現在直到未來
任你 慢用未怕耐
你肯開 我肯栽 何妨花 兩百載
兀突望到可愛 刻板望到出彩
東西對得多 對慣就愛
Woo~
Take your time 
We don’t have to rush to the finish line
既不用 一見鍾情
你不如 看多眼
所有時間 等你 軟化堅硬
耐性總有日 過三關 

從前 現在直到未來
任你 慢用未怕耐
你肯開 我肯栽 何妨花 四百載
兀突望到可愛 刻板望到出彩
東西對得多 對慣就愛

性格沒法 為你改
卻有力氣 跟偏激鬥耐
聖誕就算 沒理睬 過年再賽
旅店大雪沒有開
等多兩日 春天 飄降 人間 或再開

不敢催 明日有 派彩
明白你 迫太近 會退開
很清楚 好感要自來 誰能摘採
天機的信封 早 未拆得開

(從前 現在直到未來
良辰慢活 沒有害
細心栽 你不開 徘徊多 八百載
謝絕別個寵愛 只等你的花開
一早看得開 如被愛 是捱出來 沙礫裡面拾回來 都是愛)

The second song is 煉獄健身室 by On 

The thumbnail on this MV already tells you what this song is selling haha. There is no doubt that it's one of the reasons why this song has the most views out of the four. We personally don't mind the song but the lyrics and the theme of going to the gym is kind of a stretch when it is related to a bad breakup. 
On@C AllStar - 煉獄健身室


曲: On@ C AllStar
詞: 黃偉文
編/監 : Adrian Chan

滴著汗水 專心一意 擴大我胸襟
毛巾 濕 淚水先乾透 自信方可再生
虐待自己 一般不會 扭轉人生
不過 舉過 負不起的重 仍是某種發奮

太多怨恨 何妨來煉獄洩憤
用身心虛脫 來換暴漲青筋
記起你便 回來除掉戀愛癮
練到倦了望鏡
至知百忍真會成金

健身室裡的 早午晚上 誰會怕苦
被撇下者 請自顧
魂飛散都要砌好 身體一副
換個形象見新主顧

日子將有功 等每塊肉 捱夠痛苦
就免疫你的可惡
强大到沒需要 被攙扶
移除你 誰人會 危危乎

日日練跑 天天舉重 總會有豐收
情感 偏 像虧本生意 被騙子都帶走
因此我慢慢練出 寬肩虎背 別人難偷
只有 這套 肉身的盔甲 才是我真擁有

遍找宇宙 人魚還是未見有
但一身曲綫 成敗在我雙手
我知報復 如頭盲目的野獸
若有力要浪費 浪費在每天訓練時候
健身室裡的 早午晚上 誰會怕苦
被撇下者 請自顧
魂飛散都要砌好 身體一副
換個形象見新主顧

日子將有功 等每塊肉 捱夠痛苦
就免疫你的可惡
强大到沒需要 被攙扶
移除你 誰人會 危危乎

掌也舉到起繭了 不在乎
腰也扭到拉傷了 不在乎
誰又會 來救護

就算聽到 骨骼碎裂 誰會怕苦
扮作弱者很落伍
魂飛散都要砌好 身體一副
滑鐵盧煉製的堅固

日子將有功 等每塊肉 捱夠痛苦
舊我便棄於倉庫
重拾我自尊當 護身符
沉迷你 才忘我 迷迷糊

磨練我肉身當 護心符
如能夠 遺忘你 值得痛苦

The third song that was released was 出場序 by King. This song is pretty typical in our opinion. The melody is not too memorable either. After a few listens we might remember it? But with HK songs these days, sometimes it's hard to differentiate them from each other. Especially if they're from the same artist, we are getting worse and worse at instantly saying the title of the song when we hear it on the radio. 

The only major complaint we have with this MV is the sloppiness of King's outfit for his own wedding. At 3:32 in the video, you can see how his shirt is hanging out untucked. His suit jacket looks very casual and cheap too. He's also just wearing white sneakers? What a new look for weddings that we haven't seen before. This was disappointing and we have seen wedding MV's too much lately and now they even have sloppy weddings that ruin the whole MV in our opinion.

King@C AllStar - 出場序


曲:Cousin Fung
詞:黃偉文
編:Cousin Fung
監:簡

誰人在掌聲中出場
崇高戀人修養
沒中獎
失去競逐那對象

誰人沒一點的專長
而竟被她景仰
時候對 怎樣錯 還是有勛章

感情這一套好戲
你在哪一節出場
誰獨唱 和誰合唱
也許 不可勉強

明明讓你 快樂的我
能陪住你 卻並非我
被你所選擇的 絕對不如我
他選對 那刻 的歌

無缘做你 壓軸一個
原來是個 次序的錯
在那翻風日子 未見暖心的我
誰在最終應該 要難過

誰人在風景區出場
全街花兒色相
待你好 恐怕亦沒有印象

誰雷電交加中出場
含笑為你關窗
誰在想~ 給助養其實 更舒暢

關乎某一剎心癢
某夜趁天氣轉涼
誰為你 紅茶付賬
也許真可勉強

明明讓你 快樂的我
能陪住你 卻並非我
被你所選擇的 絕對不如我
他選對 那刻 的歌

無缘做你 壓軸一個
原來是個 次序的錯
在最好的日子 遇上最差的我
其實我知不應 太難過

明明讓你 快樂的我
能陪住你 卻並非我
為你他所付出 絕對不如我
偏偏我 所得 不多

前文後理 決定翻過
為何尚要 掛礙太多
請尊敬結的果
別要再講如果
難在看通 都不太難過

The last song released is 別消失 by 釗峰. This is going to be a difficult song to sing live with the high notes so we don't have much expectations for it during their concert. Hopefully he can nail it though. As for the song itself, it's another break up one where one side is missing the other and they want them back. We've noticed that Wyman Wong has wrote the lyrics for all the songs and because of this, they all kinda sound the same and of course there's always weird lyrics fitted in for the sake of filling space. 

釗峰@C AllStar - 別消失


曲:賴映彤
詞:黃偉文
編:賴映彤
監:簡 / 賴映彤

活著悶死人 活著極錯
但活著亦不錯
被消失的人 恨不得多坐
你難道要早結賬麽

白飯的滋味 啖啖軟糯
悠長劇季 才開播
即使你 瀟灑到 這些也 可拋下
可想過 誰來 陪我

多生氣 都可以 懇請你 別消失 
這秒最糟的事 過兩秒很小事
去散步完 再很介意 也未遲
多不滿 都可以 總之你 別消失
要放棄多輕易 去對抗先不易 
太快已跪低 沒意思

獨自遇災難 合力面對
合力站在這裡
若活得很累 儘量一起累
你我挺住 彼此脊椎

別靜靜寫下 道別字句
我信來年 會有趣
假使你 好憎我 囉唆你 的生活
以半世 駁我的嘴

多生氣 都可以 懇請你 別消失
這秒最糟的事 過兩秒很小事
去散步完 再很介意 也未遲 
多不滿 都可以 總之你 別消失
要放棄多輕易 去對抗先不易
有滿肚怒火 兌換鬥志


崩潰可以 趁你有青春 重來萬次
誰無望了 那叫過甚其辭 難道你看破相書
話 等不到春至

恕我說得很白 我碰過這種事
泡泡浴完 已經過了 最壞時
不管我 都可以 總之你 別消失
要放棄多輕易 要對抗先不易
太快已跪低 沒意思

Thanks for checking out our post on the new singles from C Allstar. Overall this is an ok collection in our opinion but it's lacking some character and individuality besides Jase's song being a little different. The break up songs are kinda redundant and the MV's have also been overdone (weddings and sad girls missing their ex's). 

-CeeJay