Single Review: William Wei – “Luvin’ U” (Taiwan, 2016)

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Taiwanese artist William Wei released his new single, the latest in a string of around 10 others called “Luvin’ U”. However, upon first listen, this one sounded quite radically different from the style that Wei usually partakes in. For one, the song had a heavy element of R n B and groove to it, something that Wei, the Folk rock maestro has never tried before, using more vocal improvisations and strong rhythms. Furthermore, the song also features Khalil Fong-esque backing vocals, which adds a cool element of soul/funk to the single too. However melody-wise, it sounds more Jazz/easy listening influenced, with dramatic crescendoes to top it off, which when added to the mix kind of confuses me more.

However, the lyrics are written in a style that is honest, direct and warm as a result. Wei’s vocals seem to hold their own well against the heavy and intricate arrangement, however I wouldn’t say that production quality was the best I’ve heard, with some vocal arrangements sounding tinny and detracting from the song.

Overall, I don’t think Wei has completely hit the mark with this musical experiment, as it was much a case of too many cooks spoiling the soup. However, I do think that Wei doing more with the R n B genre is definitely a possibility, as there were snippets of the song that presented my imagination with new potential for the young singer-songwriter. Not unsalvageable, but Wei definitely needs to try and keep things a little simpler with this song.

Review Score: 6.5 out of 10

Luvin’ U by William Wei is currently available to stream on the KKBox platform in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.


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