I am behind with the times! This always turns out to be the case music wise. It’s been nearly two months, having been released on 26 September 2013, that Mag Lam released her third studio album and I have just recently gotten myself into it. I have become a fan of hers ever since her songs were featured in TVB dramas, but it wasn’t until I heard Aerial Lovers in Triumph In The Skies II that I really started to notice her as well as come to appreciate her singing skills. She is arguable one of the most successful singers to come out of Hong Kong’s reality-singing competition, The Voice (not to be confused with the worldwide “The Voice” franchise, Hong Kong’s The Voice is not part of the franchise and follows a different format), having won the 2011 and second season. Her voice is very sweet and moving but isn’t what something I would describe as being powerful.
I really enjoy the songs featured in District 23 as well as the atmosphere it sets. The songs are all very light, upbeat and encouraging. The songs from this album are all centred on taking charge with life and I think atmosphere is very suiting for this. Hearing the songs make me feel energetic and just ready to take that vital step forward. I really applaud Mag for being able to evoke this feeling because it is one thing to throw together songs for an album but it is another to convey a particular feeling across.
Mag contributes as a songwriter for the very first time with the single Soap and the song Time which she sings in Mandarin. When I listen to music, it is usually not the lyrics that concern me (umm, yeah, majority of the time when I listen to music I have no idea what the lyrics is about) but rather the entire composition. Soap is very different to her usual style. It has more of a tough edge to it and I find that it has a really close resemblance to G.E.M Tang‘s After Tonight. My favourite song from the album is So You Think. I really like the pacing of it as well as the composition. It is very soothing to the ears and really makes you smile when you listen to it.
The album art is very beautiful but whether it captures the essence of the album I’m not so sure of. I absolutely love the the oversized jacket/dress (I can’t tell!) that she wears and how this directly contrasts to the greenery that surrounds her. It also makes her tiny and very angelic. I am also loving her pink hair and I think this is one element that addresses the mood of the album.
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District 23 Tracklist:
- I Am A Singer (我是歌手)
- Soap (番梘)
- One Thousand and One Lives (一千零一次人生)
- I Wanna Believe
- Monster University (怪獸大學)
- Time (時間)
- So You Think (你以為)
- Independent (自主型)
- Aerial Lovers (空中戀人)
- Little Something
- Soap (番梘) Instrumental Cover
- One Thousand and One Lives (一千零一次人生) Instrumental Cover
- Time (時間) Instrumental Cover
- Aerial Lovers (空中戀人) Instrumental Cover
Check out some of her MVs!
One Thousand and One Lives (一千零一次人生):
I really love the prologue about this! The talks about the many peoples’ dreams that she can see.
Aerial Lovers (空中戀人):