My Pictorial|Poster Faves: A Janice Man & Roada Xu Exclusive

(Please Note: none of these images are mine. I got them from official magazine websites and social media sites.)

First off is the gorgeous Janice Man for Bamboo Album. I love the concept of this photoshoot. The pictures are clean, elegant, and so beautiful.


Next is Roada Xu for Echo-7S. I love the scrapbook concept of this shoot. It’s unique and charming.

My Pictorial|Poster Faves: Greg Han and Zhang Ruonan for Harper’s Bazaar

(Please Note: none of these images are mine. I got them from official magazine websites and social media sites.)

Greg Han and Zhang Ruonan are leads for the upcoming Chinese film – On Your Wedding Day. They recently posed for the cover of Harper’s Bazaar China’s digital Issue known as Bazaar Star.

Heart Signal 3 (Korean Version): Watch Progress Update

Since I started writing a recap/review of this program here, I thought it would be only right to update why I stopped.

Honestly, I wasn’t enjoying it. Usually, Heart Signal can be frustrating, but as a viewer, I still enjoy trying to guess the love lines or just watching the housemates interact with each other. This third season of the Korean version wasn’t doing it for me. I tried to push through and give them chances to evolve. But even down to episode 8, I was still dealing with the same unfair allocated screen time issues. Then I noticed that this season had 16 episodes, which doesn’t make sense because halfway through had been a full drag.

I read a few reviews, and many people enjoyed it, and some said it got better towards the end after the housemates started communicating their feelings appropriately. However, I don’t feel inclined to go back, so I will no longer document Heart Signal 3 (Korean Version). Maybe one day, when I have a lot of time, I can watch it personally to get closure.

Currently, I am looking forward to the third season of the Chinese version. I sincerely hope this one doesn’t disappoint me as well. Tencent has announced the new panel line-up.

Returning Panel Members –

  • Yang Chaoyue
  • Du Haitao

New Panel Members –

  • Zhang Han
  • Qi Wei
  • Ding Yuxi
  • Blogger Alex

My Pictorial|Poster Faves: Dong Xuan and Liu Lin for Red Magazine

(Please Note: none of these images are mine. I got them from official magazine websites and social media sites.)

Dong Xuan is a Chinese actress and singer who recently graced Red Magazine’s August 2020 Issue. I love the vibe of this photoshoot, and she is such a stunning lady.


Next is the veteran Chinese actress Liu Lin. She also features in the August 2020 Issue of Red Magazine. I have spotted her in a good number of dramas – The Story of Ming LanSurgeons and Your are My Destiny.

Nothing But Thirty: Final Review – Episode 21 – 43

Alright, it is time to wrap up Nothing But Thirty. Honestly, I already finished watching this series when I wrote my initial review. I took down notes for the remaining episodes, but me being me, I wasn’t able to come back immediately with the next part. Sorry, everyone🤦🏼‍♀️.

Now let’s get it done. Remember, all episodes of this drama are available on Viki with this link 👉🏼 Nothing But Thirty with English subs.

Also, check out the first part review with this link – Nothing But Thirty: Drama Review – Episodes 1 – 20

(warning – spoilers ahead)

Review:

I knew something was fishy about Man Ni’s boyfriend. Liang Zheng Xian thought he could keep a woman for every city he visits. He had my girl looking like a mistress. I’m glad Man Ni broke away from his shackles, even though it took her a while to get over the depressed feeling.

Life happens; we learn and grow each day. By the end of the series, Wang Man Ni grew into a more independent lady and decided to focus on herself rather than conforming to society’s norms.

In the case of Zhong Xiao Qin and Chen Yu, I’m happy that they had their time apart. There’s a saying that ‘you don’t appreciate what you have until you lose it.’ Xiao Qin and Chen Yu had way too many misunderstandings, and they both needed to be mature enough to clear out everything. Thankfully, the writer showed them working on their communication skills.

Chen Yu became more open about his feelings, and Xiao Qin gained self-confidence. As a couple, they were now able to consider things through each other’s perspective, which made me love their reunion.

During the last few episodes, the arc that made me go crazy in the right way was Gu Jia’s. I felt her pain, disappointment and frustration with Xu Huan Shan and his mistress (Youyou). They nearly broke this lady.

The fact that Xu Huan Shan was bold enough to make Gu Jia and her father clean up his mess was what completely blew my mind. You claim that your wife controls everything, but you can’t even do anything on your own. Make it make sense because I’m baffled😤. I just wanted to go into the series and knock common sense into his brain. Plus, Youyou is also another entitlement character. From what I saw, Xu Huan Shan only used her to boost his failed pride and ego. The scene that made me feel heavy throughout Gu Jia’s ordeal was the bathtub moment in episode 40. I cried because it was too painful to watch –

Infidelity in marriage has always bothered me because there are many things to consider before thinking of divorce. However, I don’t think I will be able to trust my partner or even look at the person the same way. It isn’t even the matter of forgiving but rather the stress and emotional distraught I have to put myself through if I want to remain in such a union. Just like Man Ni told Gu Jia – “Getting divorced is a punishment to him. Not getting divorced will be a punishment to yourself.” All the same, I’m glad that Gu Jia stayed strong and made the best decision for herself. Also, as the series concluded, I felt a little bit of sympathy towards Xu Huan Shan. Like I said earlier, life happens, we learn and grow each day.

Before I conclude, let’s talk about the family that appears at the end of each episode. I think they showed that everyone’s timeline is different. While your up, someone else is down and during your down moments, another person is up. The one factor that should remain the same is everyone moving to better themselves. Remember, age is but time and a number. Nothing and no one should hold us back in life.


Overall, I love that in this series, everyone acknowledged their mistakes. Problems in a relationship don’t just come out of thin air. Sometimes, we have to question ourselves to see if we contributed to it in any shape or form. Gu Jia and Zhong Xiao Qin were an excellent example of this. Another beautiful lesson from this drama is that life cannot always be smooth. Struggles arise to promote growth and impact knowledge, so keep fighting.

Nothing But Thirty not only provided viewers with excellent acting, cinematography and a phenomenal soundtrack album. It also showcased the friendship and life struggles of three equally beautiful and strong women. Everything from pacing to the storyline came out perfect. I truly learnt a lot, and this is the kind of drama that I can always come back to and still feel satisfied each time. Therefore this series gets a 10/10 from me. To better understand how I rate each movie or drama, click 👉🏼Drama|Movie Rating Guide

YES, this was another long review, oops😂😂😂. Have a great day, everyone.

My Pictorial|Poster Faves: A Simon Gong and Chen Kun Exclusive

(Please Note: none of these images are mine. I got them from official magazine websites and social media sites.)

Recently, Simon Gong posed for a photoshoot with Jalouse China. I think the magazine was going for a boy scout/camping theme. I love the summery vibe of these photos.


Next is one of my favourite Chinese actors ever, Chen Kun. He graced the September Issue cover of Dazed China Magazine.

My Pictorial|Poster Faves: A Murderous Affair In Horizon Tower

A Murderous Affair In Horizon Tower is a 2020 Chinese TV series that starred Yang Zi ShanGuo TaoLu Yu LaiAngelababyRexen ChengBaby Zhang more. It ran for 16 episodes.

Summary: A beautiful coffee shop owner named Zhong Meibao suddenly dies in a condominium at the Horizon Tower. She had on a doll-like makeup. Hence the case was referred to as the “Doll Murder Case”. This case shocks the whole tower, and after investigation, the clues point to three suspects – security guard Xie Baoluo, architect Lin Dasen and property manager Lin Mengyu. Zhong Meibao’s beauty enthralled all three suspects, and all had an intimate relationship with her. All clues seem to point to the possibility of a love crime. However, during the investigation, new clues begin to emerge and turn the focus to Zhong Meibao’s complicated and painful youth. Her family, consisting of her step-father, mother, younger brother and foster mother, were implicated. Just who could be the real murderer? (source – MyDramaList)

Trailers –

This drama seems interesting. I might start watching it soon. My main reason for this post is to share the official posters with you all. I found them to be intriguing and stunning.

(Please Note: none of these images are mine. I got them from official magazine websites and social media sites.)

If anyone has seen A Murderous Affair In Horizon Tower, leave some mini-reviews in the comments section. I need to know what I’m signing up for.

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My Pictorial|Poster Faves: A Zhang Jianing and Fu Jing Exclusive

(Please Note: none of these images are mine. I got them from official magazine websites and social media sites.)

First off is Zhang Jianing for NeufMode Style. I first saw her in The Story of Ming Lan as the fifth sister (Sheng Ru Lan). She is a simple beauty.


Next is Fu Jing for Cosmopolitan China’s September 2020 Issue. This woman is gorgeous, and her facial structure is quite edgy/chiselled.

My Pictorial|Poster Faves: The Ladies of ‘Nothing But Thirty’

(Please Note: none of these images are mine. I got them from official magazine websites and social media sites.)

This post focuses on the three leads of Nothing But Thirty. Starting with Rachel Mao’s recent shot with her onscreen partner Eric Yang for BAZAAR Film

Bonus – Rachel Mao for Calvin Klien Qixi Festival Collection.

Next up is Maggie Jiang on the cover of ELLE China’s special 75th anniversary Issue –

Last on this list is Tong Yao. She shared some new pictures on Weibo with the caption – “Summer, summer, secretly passing, leaving behind little secrets.”

My Pictorial|Poster Faves: A Zhao Liying Exclusive

(Please Note: none of these images are mine. I got them from official magazine websites and social media sites.)

First off is Zhao Liying’s recent cover shoot for Harper’s BAZAAR China – August 2020 Issue. I love the vintage filter that was use on this set of photos.

She is also set to grace the cover of The New York Times Travel Magazine – August 2020 Issue, which is also the magazine’s third-anniversary issue. Here are some behind the scene reveals from Zhao Liying’s studio.

A look At Dilireba’s Upcoming Drama – The Long Ballad

I first saw the character posters for The Long Ballad (CHANGGE XING) last month, and I noticed that a lot of my favourite actors were in it. From Dilraba Dilmurat to Zhao Lusi, Alen Fang, Liu Hai Kun and Leo Wu. Since they were all familiar faces, including a new handsome face – Liu Yu Ning, I decided to keep an eye out for a trailer because that would determine if I’m going to commit or not. img_2379_originalimg_2380_originalimg_2381_originalBefore we dive into the trailer, let’s check out the basic summary of this drama. I know it’s adapted from a manhua called Xia Da.

Synopsis: Li Chang Ge’s family was murdered by Li Shi Min, the Emperor of Tang, during the Xuanwu Gate Incident. She heads to Shuo Province under the guise of a man with hopes of raising an army to kill Li Shi Min and avenge her family’s death. However, as a captain of the Shuo Province army in Zhangzhou, she loses a siege to the Eastern Turkic Khaganate General Ashina Sun, who takes her to serve him as a personal military strategist.

The first trailer was released last week. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have English subs, but I think if you’ve watched a good number of Chinese dramas, you should get the gist. This is also my first time watching it.

I think people who enjoy a stable balance of Wuxia (martial arts) and romance will definitely love this drama. Personally, I am 70/30 right now. I’ll wait for the second trailer before making my final decision. I do find the costumes beautiful. Take a look at the full character posters released by Tencent – img_0666_originalimg_0667_originalimg_0668_originalimg_0670_originalimg_0669_original

img_0671_originalimg_1890_originalimg_1889_originalimg_1894_originalimg_1887_originalimg_1895_originalimg_1892_originalimg_1888_originalimg_1893_originalThey used a lot of calm and neutral colours, but the designs still look grand and elegant. Also, since this is a wuxia series, the army attire + cinematography promises to be gorgeous. If you don’t know already, one of the primary reasons why I watch Historical dramas is to feast my eyes on lovely traditional attires and scenery.😊😊

Tencent has not announced an official release date for this series, but it will premiere this year.

That’s my quick take on The Long Ballad (CHANGGE XING) for now. Does anyone plan to watch this drama?

 

Nothing But Thirty: Drama Review – Episodes 1 – 20

Nothing But Thirty is a 2020 female-centred Chinese drama that stars Maggie Jiang, Tong Yao and Rachel Mao as leads.img_0851Synopsis: This drama follows three vastly different women as they experience a turbulent start to their thirties.

Gu Jia is a full-time housewife with strong abilities. She manages her small family and husband’s company in an orderly manner. However, it is this excessive pursuit of perfection that makes people around her feel stressed. At the same time, her happy marital life gets disrupted by a third party.

Wang Man Ni is a rebel, convinced that she has both the face and brain that deserves the best in life. However, she also has her own troubles.

Zhong Xiao Qin lives a carefree and standard life. Her husband is committed to his work as a public servant, and she keeps an ordinary job herself. However, due to her husband’s relatively indifferent personality, communication problems arise. (Source – MyDramaList)

Expectations: I saw the trailer on YouTube earlier this year. I loved the premise, so I decided to give it a go. Plus, the female-centred plot is always something I enjoy.

(warning – spoilers ahead)

Review:

The first episode for this drama was definitely well thought out. I loved how they presented each lady by showing us a glimpse of their daily life and family dynamics. Another thing I enjoyed was the intro. It’s classy, elegant and free of spoilers. The moment I heard the soundtrack, I knew this drama was going to serve. I appreciate that Chinese shows are switching towards creative and artistic intros that don’t completely give away the plot. Nothing But Thirty has one of the most beautiful intros I have seen a while – 

Basically, this drama focuses on the struggles of adulthood. The decisions you have to make and the lesson you adapt after every mistake. It’s an excellent slice of life series that shows how women hitting their thirties battle with society’s standard versus their own personal beliefs. It also shows how these three ladies gradually learn about who they are and grow into better individuals. They have to face their weaknesses, fears and insecurities in regards to their families and career.

I think the story progression and pacing so far is excellent. Every actor is doing an incredible job of bringing their characters to life. Their interactions are very natural, and the cinematography is breathtaking. I can tell they put good money, time and effort into the production phase. I enjoyed watching how the writers brought Gu Jia, Zhong Xiao Qin and Wang Man Ni together. Gu Jia and  Xiao Qin were already friends, so I loved how the connection slowly formed with Man Ni until all three eventually met. To further breakdown my thoughts on episodes one to twenty, let’s take a look at each lady’s story arc.

Character Analysis: 

Maggie Jiang, as Wang Man Ni img_1629_originalMan Ni, has lived and worked in Shanghai for eight years. She is an ambitious lady with high standards. I love her go-getter personality and how she stands up for herself at work, but I also feel she gets too money-hungry sometimes. Take, for example, the older lady that came in to buy the costly jewelry in episode three. Of course, I didn’t want Man Ni to lose her opportunity at such a huge sale, but I was expecting her to at least say a few words of comfort to the lady. I could tell that she struggled to shut down her conscience and make the sale, hence why there will be a lot of growth for this character. Concerning her boyfriend, Liang Zheng Xian,

I find him very sketchy. He’s either married or keeping different women in every city he visits. My trust level degraded further after he talked about not labelling their relationship. Also, Man Ni’s intuition tells her that there’s something wrong, and she’s also settling for his ideals. I know she isn’t staying for the money because she keeps her standard on what to collect from Zheng Xian. I just fear she’ll be heartbroken in the end because she really loves him.

Tong Yao, as Gu Jiaimg_1630_originalGu Jia, strikes me as the strongest of the group due to her brilliance and resourcefulness. A bit too ambitious and rarely content with her family’s financial standing, but Gu Jia strives to provide stability for them out of fear. She has a feisty personality. Even when pleasing others to garner favours, Gu Jia never lets anyone look down on her. As a lady of high moral conduct, she’s able to make changes once she realizes her mistakes. I hope that Gu Jia gradually develops into a more content character.

Regarding her husband, I sincerely admire her chemistry with him, hence why I dread the infidelity aspect of their story. He has undoubtedly bottled up a lot due to how Gu Jia runs their household, but that should be communicated instead of going out to cheat. My favourite scene of Gu Jia is when she beats up those moms that bullied Zi Yan –

Rachel Mao, as Zhong Xiao Qin img_1631_originalShe is the weakest link among the three ladies, so I am intrigued to see her growth. Xiao Qin is a pushover and can’t seem to make crucial decisions on her own. Her husband does not help matters because he is a bit controlling and looks down on her intelligence.

Yes, Xiao Qin needs to become more mature, but Chen Yu is also a frustrating character. The major problem with this couple is communication. Chen Yu has personal traumas that lead to insecurities and emotional detachments issues. If he discussed things with Xiao Qin, she would be more understanding of his intentions. I was so baffled when he suggested they abort the child, knowing deep down that Xiao Qin wanted to keep the baby. It is not as if she intentionally tried to get pregnant. To make matters worse instead of comforting her when she lost the baby, he immediately goes off about arranging the uterus cleaning surgery. Of course, the operation is essential, but your wife is sad. Why can’t you be emotionally present first and then bring in logic once she settles down?

This is why when people ask me what my plans are for marriage, I tell them I am not mentally prepared. It’s not a child’s play because these two are not ready. They love each other, but there’s too much baggage that has to be dismantled individually before forming a union.


Overall, Nothing But Thirty exceeds my expectations. I love seeing female empowerment and support. Although one thing I’m yet to understand is the purpose of that family at the end of each episode. I noticed that they are always happy and content, regardless of how little they have. So are they a creative way of showing that simplicity and hard work can be rewarding? I’m not too worried about them. As the story progresses, I will gradually realize why that family was included.

Now that I have discussed everything about the story, I have to give credit to the music director of this series. Every single soundtrack and background score is astounding and perfectly fitted for each scene. I adore the comforting and chill vibe of the OSTs. I know the hardcore emotional scenes are going to be tough to watch without tearing up because I can already picture the type of songs they’re going to use. Luckily for me, I was able to find the full soundtrack album on Spotify after much search –

Before I conclude, here is another favourite scene of mine. I titled it ‘A Mother’s Love’ because it accurately describes what becoming a mother means for most women and how much they give up to for their families.


That’s all I have for this post. I know it’s a bit lengthy, but I had to get all my opinions on this beautiful series out of my system.

All episodes of this drama are available on Viki with this link 👉🏼 Nothing But Thirty with English subs.

For those who have started this series, what are your thoughts on the story?

My Pictorial|Poster Faves: A Yang Mi and Vivien Li Exclusive

(Please Note: none of these images are mine. I got them from official magazine websites and social media sites.)

First off is Vivien Li for Harper’s BAZAAR China – August 2020 Issue. I always love the graceful and elegant vibe of her photos. img_2509img_2512img_2508img_2507img_2510img_2511

 

Next is Yang Mi on the cover of Madame Figaro China – August 2020 Issue. I think she looks gorgeous and quite regal in these pictures.img_2488img_2486img_2492img_2489img_2491

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If you are interested in seeing such celebrity photoshoots daily, then follow me on Tumblr (account name – Chris Jumbo).

Intense Love: Drama Review

Intense Love is a 2020 Chinese drama that stars Zhang Yuxi and Ding Yuxi as leads. img_5139_originalSynopsis: Actress Su Jin Bei and the genius doctor, Zhou Shi Yun, were betrothed to each other from a young age. Now, as adults, they both refuse the idea of an arranged marriage. Yet fate has other plans for them as they meet coincidentally and begin to fall in love.

(warning – spoilers ahead)

Review:

Intense Love is a sweet romance story. I genuinely enjoyed every minute of it, including the cheesy aspects. I really appreciate what Chinese dramas have been doing recently with their modern romance stories. They show more natural skinship and conversations, so the couples seem very real, unlike Korean shows. No shade, it’s just an observation. The main couple in Intense Love had fantastic chemistry right off the bat, and I personally think this is one of Zhang Yuxi’s best pairing. img_2105Su Jin Bei and Zhou Shi Yun were adorable and quite mature together because they never dragged out their misunderstandings. I also love that there wasn’t much emphasis on love triangles. Both leads were sure of what they wanted and stayed focused until the end. While watching, I couldn’t get over how beautiful Jin Bei and Shi Yun were together. Honestly, both actors are remarkably good looking. The only part of their story that threw me off was Jin Bei’s supposed pregnancy in the last episode. I don’t remember when they showed or implied that this couple had sex, so the pregnancy troupe was totally out of place for me. Was I the only one confused, or did I miss something? Let me know in the comment section.

The side couples were also great together. Although I didn’t care much for Zhou Su Ying and Xu Jia Wei’s relationship because of how both characters started out. img_2102We all have to admit that Su Ying was pretty disrespectful at first with all her schemes to break up her brother and Jin Bei. Of course, she got better, but by then, I was no longer invested in her story. Nevertheless, I was still happy that she matured and got a happy ending. Now in Jia Wei’s case, I didn’t appreciate how he kept telling Shi Yun that he was the better partner for Jin Bei because of their similar careers. I also did not understand why he went ahead to prepare the big confession event while unsure of Jin Bei’s feelings. At least have a small talk with her before going all out. He was definitely a pleasant supporting character, but his earlier actions did not rub off well on me.

Moving on to Xiao Yuan Song and Wu Di –img_2103As much I love these two together, their arc and story development did not have me intrigued in them 100%. All the same, they were fun together and balanced out each other’s personalities flawlessly. I love that this drama showcased very assertive ladies with both Wu Di and Su Jin Bei. Both women were willing to take the first steps for certain things in their relationships.

Character Analysis:

I only want to touch on three roles, starting off with Gao Zi Tongimg_2128

  • Her anger and bitterness were utterly misplaced. I just couldn’t comprehend her hatred for Xu Jin Bei because she was well aware that Jin Bei only considered Jia Wei as a colleague. While watching, I gave her a lot of chances to improve, but she always disappointed. Now once she went further to attack Jin Bei’s and Shi Yun’s relationship, I was done and dusted with this character. I’m relieved she changed and moved on at the end, but I wouldn’t want to cross paths with such a person in real life.

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  • He started out quite cold and couldn’t care less about BeiBei, or at least that is what he wanted everyone to believe. As the story progresses, he becomes more accepting of Jin Bei. I enjoyed how he played along with BeiBei’s dramatic antics even though he knew she was faking most of the time. This shows Shi Yun’s supportive and understanding personality. While watching, the only flaw I could pick on was that Shi Yun seemed too perfect. Though, before the show wrapped, we saw that he could also do some wrongs when he doubted Jin Bei’s ability to get a role through her own hard work. In the end, he apologized, and we got our happy ending.

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  • She is very innocent, kind, understanding and quite naive to negative people around her. However, that does not make her weak because she isn’t easily bullied. I absolutely enjoyed her dramatic personality. Whenever she had those weird inner monologues or all the numerous times she tried to seduce Shi Yun, I stayed laughing. How can someone be that cute?😂 Especially when she started calling Shi Yun – Zhou baby(honey)😂😂😂. Another thing I loved about this character is that she acknowledged her flaws and did her best to work on them.

To round up, here is a compilation of my favourite moments from this drama –

Also, my favourite ost from this show is “When Love Comes” by Li Ruo Xi

With all that said, my rating for Intense Love is 9/10. It was a beautiful story from start to finish, but I still think they could have done a better job with the side couples. To get a better understanding of how I rate each movie or drama, click 👉🏼Drama|Movie Rating Guide. All English subbed episodes of this series are available with this link 👉🏼 Intense Love on YouTube.

If you have seen this drama, feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section.

 

 

My Pictorial|Poster Faves: A Yang Mi and G.E.M Exclusive

(Please Note: none of these images are mine. I got them from official magazine websites and social media sites.)

Yang Mi takes the cover of T Magazine China – July 2020 Issue. I love the play on shadows and lens effects for this shoot. Plus Yang Mi looks beautiful in every photo –img_1490img_1491img_1492

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My next feature for this post is the singer-songwriter, G.E.M, for KNIGHT Magazine. The concept of this shoot is stunning. I absolutely love the gold crownlike eyewear she has on for the cover photo – img_1448

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My Pictorial|Poster Faves: A Leo Luo and Ayunga Exclusive

(Please Note: none of these images are mine. I got them from official magazine websites and social media sites.)

Leo Luo takes the cover of Rayli Magazine’s August 2020 Issue, and I love the luminous/neon lights concept for this shoot. As always, Leo Luo served looks in all outfits because he just too handsome 💓 – 

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Moving on to my next feature on this post – Ayunga. He partnered with COSMOPOLITAN China for a promotional shoot geared toward his new album titled ‘THE ART’. I absolutely adore the mysterious/romanticized aura of these photos, and it actually makes me want to check out his album –  img_1505img_1504

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LAY – LIT Part 2: Album Review

There is no way I could miss reviewing LAY‘s album again. Although I couldn’t react to part one of LIT, I did listen to it, and it’s a solid 10/10 for me. Both parts of LIT have six songs that combine to form a full-length album with twelve tracks in total. I know all the titles for this record are in Chinese, so here are the track titles for part one: “Lit” – “Jade” – “Eagle” – “H20” – “Fly” and – “Soul”

Now let’s check out what this second part has to offer.

(Please note – this is a real-time review, meaning I am typing down my exacts thoughts while listening to each song.)

Album Review:

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Here is the album on Spotify –

  1. Changsha – Okay, I love how this started. I think the first instrument is a traditional flute, but don’t take my word on that. I truly appreciate this album for the fusion of traditional and modern elements. As expected, the beat came in hard, and LAY sounds fantastic. I am already dancing, which means “Changsha” is a vibe. In some verses, LAY seems to be rapping or is someone else featured on this track? I am intrigued by his vocal technique. He’s not really singing or fully rapping, but whatever artistic choice he made lead to this BOP. I absolutely love this song. The continuous flute melody for the instrumental is catchy, and it will be stuck in my head for a while. I think the overall production is solid, and this is a perfect way to start out this second part of the album.
  2. Mama – The beat on his songs are so epic. You all need to get a speaker or headphones to fully appreciate the bass. I love the lyrics for “Mama”. He’s basically talking about the support and care from his mother, right? I love the line when LAY says – “If I fall, at least I tried.” This is honestly the key to life. You just have to try. If you fail, stand up, dust yourself and move on to the next agenda. Do not stay down because that’s when you’ve failed. I love this song, it’s upbeat but on a different vibe from the previous one. I personally feel it was too short, but that’s not a big deal when I have a loop button.
  3. Boom – This I have already heard, and I honestly was not the biggest fan, but let’s see how my second listen goes. I love the beat, and this line – “to the right, to the left…” is really catchy. I think “Boom” is a casual dance song just like LAY intended it to be. The chorus actually makes you want to move. I certainly enjoyed it more this second time, and it’s a definite grower. I might not go back to play this particular song a lot, but on this album, it is a substantial entree.
  4. Call My Name – Alright, we have arrived on the slow train of this record. Excellent start with the guitar instrumental. It made me feel relaxed and ready to soak in LAY’s vocals. Plus, he sounds so soft and soothing on this track. I noticed that they doubled his vocals in certain parts, it almost seems like an echo, and it gave me chills. The production is incredible. The chorus didn’t go where I was expecting, but it is perfect. I thought it was going to be slow all through, but he gave us a groovy vibe with the introduction of a smooth bassy beat. “Call My Name” is an ultimate BOP and a half🔥. LAY’s voice on this track is pure eargasm. The effortless vocal runs in the background… WOW!!! I AM IN LOVE.
  5. Late Night – The intro gives off such a serene and trancelike vibe. I am enjoying these last few songs a lot. Their calm but swift energy is giving life. The fact that I get to hear more of LAY’s singing is also adding to my joy. I need to know who creates his beats. If he does it all by himself, then he’s a genius because the way they hit is LIT… yes🧐, pun intended. I couldn’t resist, sorry😂🤣😂. I love how the tempo goes up a note during the chorus and then comes back to the chill mood for the verses. The falsetto notes in the background are soothing. “Late Night” is another great song on this album and also one of my favourites.
  6. Wish – The last song already? This was too fast. Still following the slow tempo with beautiful vocals. I enjoy how the slower songs start out with a guitar, which is an excellent differentiation from the regular piano intros. Okay, hold up, I just looked at my phone, and this song is only 2 minutes and 43 seconds long. That is way to short LAY. You can’t be making short length bops like this. This is unacceptable because I need more time. “Wish” is definitely the softest song on the album because there aren’t any heavy beats on it. We just have LAY’s voice and the guitar doing their best all through, and I LOVE IT. This is a perfect way to end the album.

Final Thoughts: 

I am genuinely impressed by all six songs. LAY did an excellent job with this record. I once again want to point out how much I appreciate the fusion of traditional and modern musical elements. Although I did notice that blend was more prominent in the first part of the album in comparison to this one. All the same, every song on the LIT album is playlist worthy to me. Therefore my rating for LIT: Part 2 is a bulletproof 10/10.