Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Ma zui

Faye Wong is the uncrowned queen of mandarin pop/rock, selling millions upon millions of her albums all over East Asia. Ma zui (Anaesthesia) from 1997 is one of her best songs. The mandarin title is a play on words that cannot be translated: apart from the medical meaning, ma zui also stands for the type of high you get from love, drugs or alcohol. The song itself has a strong melody, good instrumentation and stunning vocals. Some of her greatest successes have been mandarin covers from artists such as Tori Amos, Cranberries and Cocteau Twins, but this one is an original Chinese production.
Art Rock score: 9/10 (very strong song, one of 650 best songs of all time)