Released in 2003, Jay Chou's fourth album Yeh Hwei Mei
(a.k.a. Ye Hui Mei
) sees the superstar singer-songwriter taking his signature style to a new level of maturity. After the smash success of Fantasy
and Eight Dimensions
, Jay had already solidified his status as the new generation's greatest Chinese pop icon, and he delivers with characteristic flair for his fourth album. Named after his mother, Ye Hui Mei
sees Jay Chou going Godfather
with the atmosphere-laden "In The Name of the Father" (Track 1), complete with a big-budget, movie-style music video shot in Rome.
Though East-meets-West fusion numbers are now a dime a dozen in Mandarin pop, it was Jay who set off the trend and no one can do them quite like him, from ballad "East Wind Break" (Track 5) to the fast-paced "Double Blade" (Track 11). Jay is also known for his unique arrangements, like the ping-pong effects of "Third Year, Class Two" (Track 4), and distinctive lyrics, like that of his self-penned "Terrace" (Track 10) which even takes a dig at lyricist Vincent Fang for being a slow writer. Rounding out with touching karaoke ballads like "Clear Day" (Track 4) and "She Can Hear It" (Track 6), Ye Hui Mei is another perfect offering from the inimitable Jay Chou.
This reissue version of Yeh Hwei Mei comes with a DVD containing the music videos for "In the Name of the Father" and "Double Blade", as well as documentary footage.