Faye Wong (1997 album)

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Not to be confused with Faye Wong (2001 album).
Faye Wong (王菲)
Faye Wong 1997 Cover.jpg
Studio album by Faye Wong
Released September 1997
Genre Mandopop
Length 40:39
Label EMI
Faye Wong chronology
Help Yourself
(1997)
Faye Wong
(1997)
Sing and Play
(1998)

Faye Wong (王菲) is a self-titled album by Chinese singer Faye Wong. Her first recording with EMI, it was recorded in Beijing and released in 1997, around the time that she relocated to Beijing after several years of success in Hong Kong.[1]

All tracks are sung in Mandarin. This album is filled with feelings of lethargy, languor, drowsiness and disengagement, yet most of the songs sound warm and sweet.

The album continued Wong's collaboration with the Cocteau Twins, which began with Random Thoughts in 1994 and Fuzao in 1996. They wrote the fourth track on this album, "Amusement Park", especially for Faye Wong. Track 8 "Reminiscence" (or "Nostalgia") is a cover of "Rilkean Heart" from their 1996 album Milk and Kisses.[2]

Track 5, "Mortal World", was composed by Miyuki Nakajima. Nakajima had also written Wong's 1992 breakthrough song "Fragile Woman". "Mortal World" was also a hit single and became the closing song with which Wong would end her concerts thereafter. Nakajima re-recorded the song in Japanese as "Streams of Hearts" (清流, Seiryū) on her 1998 album Be Like My Child.

This album has several covers, including a limited edition 3D cover.[3]

The album sold better in Taiwan and mainland China than in Hong Kong, which was hit at that time by the Asian financial crisis, and where Wong's old company Cinepoly released a compilation of her old songs to compete with EMI.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Unofficial translation Length
1. "麻醉" (Mázuì) "Anaesthesia" 4:00
2. "快樂(所以快樂)" (Nǐ kuài lè (suǒyǐ wǒ kuài lè)) "You're Happy (So I'm Happy)" 4:18
3. "" (Mèn) "Bored" 4:12
4. "娛樂" (Yúlè chǎng) "Amusement Park" 3:26
5. "" (Rén jiān) "Mortal World" 4:45
6. "這樣" (Wǒ yě bù xiǎng zhè yàng) "I Don't Want to be Like This Either" 4:57
7. "大作" (Xiǎo tí dàzuò) "Making a Fuss" 3:27
8. "" (Huáiniàn) "Reminiscence"/ "Nostalgia" 3:21
9. "" (Pū huǒ) "Into the Fire" 4:15
10. "" (Yún duān) "Cloud's Edge" 3:54

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stan Jeffries Encyclopedia of world pop music, 1980-2001 2003 p224 "A very private person, Wong shunned the many TV and newspaper appearances that her peers craved. As a result, she caused something of a sensation when, in 1996, she announced that she was married and expecting her first child. The impending birth did little to diminish her popularity. In May 1997 she signed with EMI, through which, with the resources that were now behind her, she became instantly more accessible to the public. In the same year she won a Billboard award for most popular Asian singer and played a show in Taiwan to an audience of 20,000 fans. "
  2. ^ Cocteau Twins Atlas Archived April 10, 2004, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Faye Wong 1997 at Josh Cheung's discography[unreliable source?]