Eason Chan And The Duo Band
During a recent interview, Hong Kong Cantopop star Eason Chan said that L.O.V.E is really a new beginning for him, musically at least.
For one, he is not on his own anymore – Chan worked on the album together with the ‘Duo Band’, whom he toured with on his Duo World Tour from March 2010 to December 2012, with each of the 14 band members contributing a song.
The result is a delightfully listenable album with a variety of musical influences, from blues to reggae, Latin to jazz, and of course, old-school Cantopop.
Opening track Po Huai Wang (Destroyer) gets the album off to a happy, funky start, setting the tone for other songs like Feng Kuang De Peng You (Crazy Friends), Yu Ni Chang Zai (Always With You), which give the impression the group had lots of fun during the recording sessions.
Most of the songs do tend to be on the slower side though, but even when Chan slows things down on ballads like Hai Li Shui Ren (Sleeping In the Ocean) and Jian Jian (Slowly), there is light-hearted twinkle to the songs.
The album, which consists of eight Cantonese songs, two Mandarin songs and one in English, ends on a slightly poignant note with Ke Yi Ke Zai, a song Chan wrote after the death of musician and Duo band member Ellen Joyce Loo, who tragically commited suicide in August.
With all the members of the Duo band coming together in memory of their departed comrade, it’s a poignant but heartwarming song that ends the album perfectly.
While L.O.V.E may not be Chan’s best album ever, it certainly marks a turning point for the singer, musically at least. Here’s hoping he and the Duo Band decide to keep doing this together.