Fable (album)

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Fable (寓言)
Studio album by Faye Wong
Released November 2000
Genre Mandopop, Cantopop
Length 57:02
Label EMI
Producer Faye Wong, Zhang Yadong, Alvin Leong
Faye Wong chronology
Only Love Strangers
(1999)
Fable
(2000)
Separate Ways
(2001)

Fable[1][2][3][4] (alternatively Legend[5] Chinese: 寓言; pinyin: Yùyán) is a 2000 Mandarin album by Beijing-based C-pop singer Faye Wong.

The album can be considered in three sections. The first five tracks deal with certain aspects of Buddhism, incorporating motifs from fairy tales especially Cinderella. The next three are radio-friendly pop songs. The next two, "Farewell Firefly" and "Book of Laughter and Forgetting", are somewhat more complex musically; they are sung in Mandarin, and are followed by alternate versions in Cantonese, "Firefly" and "Love Letters to Myself".

The first five songs form a song cycle and were composed by Faye Wong herself, marking her further development as a songwriter.[6] Three of them featured as the final segment of every performance in Wong's 2010–2012 Comeback Tour.

All the lyrics on the album are by Lin Xi, and tracks 1–5 were produced by Zhang Yadong, both of whom were regularly collaborating with Wong during this period of her career.[6] Alvin Leong produced tracks 6–12.

Media interest focussed on the song "Love Letters to Myself", which was taken to refer to Wong's affair with Nicholas Tse who never sent her love letters.[6]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Unofficial translation Length
1. "" (Hánwǔjì) "The Cambrian Age" 5:15
2. "房客" (Xīn Fángkè) "New Tenant" 5:11
3. "" (Xiāngnài'ér) "Chanel" 4:52
4. "阿修羅" (Āxiūluó) "Asura" 4:57
5. "彼岸" (Bǐ'àn Huā) "Flower on the Other Shore"/ "Flower of Paradise" 5:16
6. "如果" (Rúguǒ Nǐ Shì Jiǎde) "If You Were False" 3:57
7. "我不愛" (Bù Ài Wǒ De Wǒ Bù Ài) "I Won't Love Anyone Who Doesn't Love Me" 4:20
8. "喜歡不如喜歡" (Nǐ Xǐhuān Bùrú Wǒ Xǐhuān) "Your Likes Are Not as Important as Mine" 4:02
9. "再見螢火蟲" (Zàijiàn Yínghuǒchóng) "Farewell Firefly" 5:09
10. "" (Xiào Wàng Shū) "Book of Laughter and Forgetting"/ "Book of Exhilaration" 4:27
11. "螢火蟲" (Yìhngfóchùhng) "Firefly" 5:09
12. "自己情書" (Kāp Jihgéi Dīk Chìhngsyù) "Love Letters to Myself" 4:27

All songs are in Mandarin except for tracks 11 and 12, which are Cantonese versions of tracks 9 and 10 respectively.

Other versions[edit]

A "Deluxe" version included a VCD with footage of Faye Wong's commercial for Head & Shoulders shampoo.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stan Jeffries, Encyclopedia of world pop music, 1980–2001, 2003, p225. "Her album Fable, released in October, began to focus on Wong's faith, as the first part of the album centred on the teachings of Buddhism. In 2001, Wong, now enthralled by the Buddhist faith, began to focus on the Japanese market and in April appeared on the front cover of Frau magazine. By the summer she was singing "Separate Ways," the theme song to the popular Japanese TV drama Usokoi, and in October she performed live in the country for the first time. In the following month she was named Artist of the Month on MTVChina. She also released the "Buddhist" single in Hong Kong. In November a double release, Loving, Kindness and Wisdom, highlighted Wong's devotion to her newfound faith, as the first part of the album featured Buddhist chants. Later in November a "best of" album was released."
  2. ^ Shane Homan Access All Eras: Tribute Bands and Global Pop Culture −2006 p224 "... almost exclusively on contributions from Hong Kong-, Beijing- and Singapore-based composers along with her own compositions on Sing and Play (1998), Only Love Strangers (1999), Fable (2000), Faye Wong (2001) and To Love (2003)."
  3. ^ CMJ New Music Report – 2001 12 31p 44 "FAYE WONG Fable"
  4. ^ Fable, EMI Japan. Retrieved 2012-01-07.
  5. ^ Anthony Fung and Michael Curtin, “The Anomalies of Being Faye (Wong): Gender Politics in Chinese Popular Music,” International Journal of Cultural Studies 5, no. 3 (September 2002) "Legend"
  6. ^ a b c Chan, Boon (28 October 2011). "Faye's back". The Straits Times (Singapore). p. C2. 
  7. ^ "专辑:王菲--《寓言》" (in Chinese). sina.com. Retrieved 2012-01-07.