The tracks "暗號" (Secret Signal), "回到過去" (Return to the Past) and "最後的戰役" (The Final Battle) are listed at number 1, 5 and 42 respectively on Hit Fm Taiwan's Hit Fm Annual Top 100 Singles Chart (Hit-Fm年度百首單曲) for 2002.
The album was awarded one of the Top 10 Selling Mandarin Albums of the Year, as well as the Highest Selling Mandarin Album of the Year at the 2002 IFPI Hong Kong Album Sales Awards, presented by the Hong Kong branch of IFPI. It was also nominated for five awards at the 14th Golden Melody Awards in 2003, including Best Album Producer, Best Mandarin Album, Best Lyricist and Best Musical Arranger.
In 2002, Jay was the spokesperson for the computer game Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos. He wrote "The Orcs" to help promote the software. The music is electronic with a prominent orchestra in the chorus, and features sound effects from the game (such as the footsteps of a marching army). The lyrics, which discuss the creation of the mythical Orc race, are both sung and rapped.
The track begins with the sound of a man entering a bookstore and asks for help to find the novel Iron Box of an Island. In the lyrics, the "Iron Box of an Island" is described as both a locked box and a book title, used metaphorically to represent the memories of a lost lover. The verses are mainly rapped and the chorus is sung. In this R&B song, the most prominent instruments are the acoustic guitar and cymbals. On 25 February 2002, Iron Box of an island was published into a real novel, written by Vincent Fang and featured a photo collection of Jay Chou.
The song discusses unspoken communication between lovers. To emphasize this theme, imagery is provided by terminology related to signal reception, such as "noise", "interference", "weak signal", "signal lost". Guitar is the main instrument.
"Dragon Fist" is a rock song highlighted by its Oriental style ("Zhongguo feng" (simplified Chinese: 中国风; traditional Chinese: 中國風; pinyin: Zhōngguó fēng; literally: "China wind"). Although electric guitar is most prominent, Chinese instruments such as "gu" (Chinese drum), "dizi" (Chinese transverse flute), and "yangqin" are featured in various parts of the song.
Lyrics of "Dragon Fist" reflect on Chinese history and geography to generate national pride. The dragon, a major national symbol of China, is mentioned 3 times in the chorus. Unity is emphasized by phrases such as "the same skin color and face", "the same blood flows", "one (facial) expression." Due to this "one China" view, Jay was invited to perform in a national gala in 2004 broadcast by the Chinese government-run television station CCTV, despite Jay's Taiwanese origin.
5. "Where is the Train Going" 火車叨位去 (Huǒ Chē Dāo Wèi Qù)
Among Jay's work, this track is the only song performed entirely in Hokkien so far. Some phrases are phonetically linked by Zhuyin, which are annotated Chinese sound symbols. The lyrics describe one who writes letters to a lover at home, yet receives a reply, depicted in the context of a train to illustrate a relationship's unalterable course to its eventual end. The lyrics are sung and rapped over guitar in an R&B style.
Jay reveals his thoughts about entry into adulthood in this track. The first verse begins by describing one's departure from an unspecified place after failing to acquire acceptance into higher education, and ends with a reflection of one's youth (e.g. "The tree I climbed, When did it become so small?"). Taken together, it is metaphor for transitioning from childhood to adultood. The narrative voice is both first- and second-person; both are used to describe himself. The first-person voice is cautious but resolute about moving on ("Let me take you away, You will be happier with no one to hold you back"), while the second-person is reluctant to do so ("Give me your hand, Lay (your) worries to rest"). In the China version of this album, the original name "Split" was changed to "Leave" in accordance with China's hesitation to use words with separatist connotations.
The major instruments of this song are Piano, Violin, and Cello. The lyrics are sung without rapping.
Although Chinese instruments are not used, "Grandfather's Tea" can considered to have a "Zhongguo feng" style because of its reference to tea, Chinese history, and some stereotypical habits of old Chinese men (such as drinking tea and smoking while discussing Chinese history). The lyrics were written in the point of view of a 9-year old child with an appreciation for family ("Grandfather's tea has a taste called 'home'") The song has an upbeat pace and the lyrics are sung or rapped in a child-like tone. Guitar and violin are prominently used along with scratch effects.
"Return to the Past" is a guitar-based R&B song. The lyrics were written by Jay's friend Will Liu. To depict a melancholy romance, he uses personification such as "...time is bored and is not saying a word", "...sleepiness has gone into hiding again" and "...loneliness is already lying beside me". The dominant imagery is night ("Darkness is already hovering in the air").
9. "Blacksmith of Milan" 米蘭的小鐵匠 (Mǐ Lán De Xiǎo Tiě Jiàng)
This song contains lyrics both rapped and sung over an Italian folk-style arrangement. The lyrics describes the thoughts of a blacksmith who wishes to purchase a guitar but is too poor to afford it. The song makes prominent use of nylon string guitar, which is featured in a 40-second solo, while the entire track is decorated with scratch effects.
In-line with the track title, the song reflects on the thoughts of a young soldier. The verses entail memories of childhood (e.g. "In the midst of smoke [I am] recalling of the taste of soft drinks / and those summers during [our youth] when we did nothing at all"). The chorus describes the sight of a friend dying in one's arms (e.g. "Your face is strained / [your] energy will soon be spent / [you] will not allow me to speak of home"). "The Final Battle" is sung in R&B style over orchestra music. The track opens with the sound of a machine gun in rapid fire, and the second verse starts after the sound of a gun being loaded. The song ends with bagpipe music.