Sunday, 15 May 2016

劇集 "琅琊榜" 主題曲 Nirvana In Fire TVB, Alfred Hui 許廷鏗, 問天

Hello! Hope everyone's been doing well! We are going to be starting off the month of May on our blog with TVB's newest theme song for Nirvana In Fire. This drama aired last year originally in Mainland China but TVB has bought the rights to it and has dubbed it and it's ready for release. Personally we will be skipping this drama as we don't watch dubbed mainland dramas. (Originals are better in our opinion and they're usually too long for our liking).

Anyways, let's get started with our review! So Alfred has been gone for a while with his last song being the Wuxin Monster Killer theme. Has Alfred taken the spot of singing TVB bought Mainland drama theme songs? There was also that Journey to the West theme song he sang as well... hmmm. Not complaining though since we don't watch these dramas and we like him the least out of the 3. (Alfred, Fred, and Hubert). Something surprising is that this time there's an MV actually out the first day because usually they take weeks or even months to film and upload a mediocre one. The picture for the video looked interesting and we MISTAKENLY had high hopes for this song.

OKAY. THE BEST PART of this song was the first 15 seconds TBH and then it went downhill from there! The moment the song actually started we were like huh? Jay had to crank up the volume to hear Alfred's mumbling! To prevent unnecessary rambling and ranting on everything, we are just gonna start with the song, and then move on to the MV. 

SONG REVIEW:

Song wise, the first listen had us like... what did we just hear??? This is a song? Or is this a mumble jumble thing by Voice Ent again? Tune deserves like a 1/10, we keep saying this over and over again in our song reviews but there are really no tunes to any of these theme songs anymore. Also the violin just does not fit the drama, like this sounds like some pre modern drama song... or a modern drama about musicians. This is Nirvana In Fire! An epic historical drama, what's with the violin? Get out the Er Wu and the Gu Zheng!

Lyrics might be a bit better because they tried to make it poetic with the double character technique and it does follow a nice pattern. The word choice is pretty shallow in some areas and other areas just don't make sense. For example, 無求 名名利利罔罔虛虛,  we get the 名名利利 part and it's pretty standard for someone to say that and all the stuff about the 'Now I feel how deep our connection was because you're gone and it's hitting me now' but 罔罔虛虛? huh? 罔罔? They could've definitely worked to find something better, although it kinda fits, it does sound redundant and 罔罔 just does not really make sense. This song wants to sound deep and all meaningful but it's not doing it for us and the wanna be poetic lyrics aren't helping. Because this was such a critically acclaimed Mainland drama, TVB wanted to show its QUALI at songwriting when they could've just used the original ones that were perfectly fine. Their songwriting quali is at an all time low btw if you haven't noticed it lately. 

Performance wise, nothing much. Why? Because Ol Alf here had like zero expression and looked so done with this song. His enunciation was so bad, we had to read the lyrics to know what the heck he singing. According to a fellow Youtuber who commented on this video, THE EVEN RELEASED THE MV with Alfred mouthing the wrong lyrics @ 3:06! So misleading. We also don't know and don't feel anything from him. It's just like, I got the job done! Cee personally thinks he sounds bored of his own song. All we hear are the long end notes like, dadadadadadadada dadeeeeeeeeeeeeeee, dadadadadadadada dadeeeeeeeeeeeeeee. That's it really. Oh this apparently corresponds to these lyrics: 如何難受終須一別 再見   原來離別方知感覺 深淺.


           許廷鏗 Alfred - 問天 (劇集 "琅琊榜" 主題曲) - Official MV


曲/編:張家誠 
詞:張美賢 
監:何哲圖/韋景雲 

無情 悠悠望盡世態興衰
無眠 淡淡細聽落葉風吹
無名 平平靜靜只跟自己可相對
無求 名名利利罔罔虛虛
無痕 落在寸寸面目身軀
無窮 前塵舊事渺渺炊煙 沒法追

如何難受終須一別 再見
原來離別方知感覺 深淺
誰人兩手縛著是紅線 延續無數懷念
如何流逝匆匆幾年 再見
言詞懸在千鈞一髮 最難辯
誰人眼睛昨夜淚流遍 情義只可問天

無情 平平白白化作止水
無遺 靜靜察看地動風吹
無名 仇仇恨恨千絲萬卷 於心裡
無求 名名利利罔罔虛虛
無痕 落在寸寸面目身軀
無窮 前塵舊事渺渺炊煙 沒法追

如何難受終須一別 再見
原來離別方知感覺 深淺
誰人兩手縛著是紅線 延續無數懷念
如何流逝匆匆幾年 再見
言詞懸在千鈞一髮 最難辯
誰人眼睛昨夜淚流遍 情義只可問天

原來離別只等一日 再見
原來承諾只等一次 兌現
誰人兩手縛著是紅線 延續無數懷念
如何流逝匆匆幾年 蛻變
情緣遺落天邊海角 已沉澱
誰人眼睛昨夜淚流遍 何日方可晴天


MV REVIEW:

Looking sickly and pale he is in this MV... but guess he's just sick of filming these MVs all the time and would rather be back at his dental office! Again, like the song, the first 15 seconds are the best part. 

0:24 - This is what we're talking about with the sickly pale look! 

0:25 - What is with the creepy face? Is this him in hindsight thinking about his long lost gf? We don't understand the storyline with the MV, is there even a story? And side note, why do these signer always have such a hard time mouthing their song on the right time with the right amount of lip movement? They're always a second late and their mouth movement is 1/10 when in reality they sing with at least 7/10! Please be more realistic! Don't they have the song playing in the background when filming? Can't they sing along in real life rather than MOUTH it? We're sure they would have no problem singing it out loud since it will be muted anyways!!! 

0:36 - Oh my this is THE SAME DAMN JUMP that we will rant about down below @ 2:19. SAME DAMN SHOT TOO

0:47 - AGAIN, same as 2:28 FRIENDS TAKE A LOOK AT THIS SCREENSHOT ON OUR DUAL MONITOR... EVERYTHING IS THE SAME AND IT'S AT DIFFERENT TIMES... we were wondering it we were seeing things but nope. This has us CONFIRMED that they are the same thing. So damn disappointed because we were hoping for cool dancing. PLUS, in our hearts, WE KNOW this is a TVB dancer (we see no credit for the dance here either wow.. that sucks) 



1:05 - This graphic is so unappealing and it looks very weird. TVB is trying to step out of its boundaries and have some cool experiments with their new tech but if you're gonna put out something the audience feels weird seeing then we'd advise you, Voice Ent, TO KEEP IT OUT. Their skin tones match 100% so it's not even like she's got an arm tattoo of him, it's like his face is a part of her arm or something. BTW, has any part of this MV corresponded with the lyrics of the song so far?

1:28 - This has got to be the most awkward things in this MV. Alfred looks very uncomfortable and his huge collared costume is not helping. This looks like it should be an intimate scene between the two but they are embracing each other very awkwardly and they aren't looking at each other and what you get out of a supposedly very intimate scene is AI YAH... SO WEIRD.

....... it sounds like we're on a huge lookout for bad things, but that's all we can find. The idea of using new technology to create cool visuals is a PLUS but they are using it in all the WRONG ways. The story isn't fitting and nothing is working well here. We wanna say the set is nice and new but the projections of the dancer and the faces on the clean, white curtain disturbs the audience's ability to comprehend what's going on. Is this a calm head space for Alfred after a harsh break up? Or is this a place of haunted memories?

2:19 - This jump JUST RUINS the dancing for us..



So in general, this is called a stag jump and there are many variations of it. Having said that, it can't be THIS sloppily done! Like was she aiming for THIS below? With both legs bent and feet pointed (stretched)?


http://www.proprofs.com/flashcards/story.php?title=dance-spins-leaps

OR THIS? With her back leg STRAIGHT? and feet POINTED? Like if you watch her jump again, it just looks like she took a leap of faith with her feet doing whatever and her legs coming up at different times and her back leg like half straight and half bent. The legs have to come up AT THE SAME TIME. It's not like a two count hop thing, it's a jump, a leap! Whatever, maybe this is some new move we don't know about projected from her inner emotions...


https://oakartsdance.wordpress.com/photo-gallery/

We're just going to end it here because we have had enough of negatively ranting about this song and MV. The rest of it is just Alfred being pale and awkward with the female touchey scenes and more of the same sloppy dance shots. The song is bad, the MV is bad, what more can we say? Next time, PLEASE keep the original songs and don't do anything new Voice Ent. This is super hea and even Alfred SOUNDS DONE! That's a huge thumbs down. 

Overall, what a disappointment. The dislikes on this video are going up as we type right now. Please let us know what you think down below! 

See you next time,

-CeeJay