Cherry Boom – Qin Ai De Wang Zi

August 18, 2007 at 4:17 pm 7 comments

1. Qing Xin De Zao Chen
2. Qin Ai De Wang Zi
3. Mi Mi Hua Yuan
4. Zai Jian Wo De Ai
5. Shi Yue
6. I Wanna Rock
7. Wo De Kong Qi
8. Xiao Chou Shi Jie
9. Bu Dui Ye Yao Ai
10. Hei Ye Lai Lin

I recently was in Taipei, Taiwan for a little over a month and discovered a great punk-pop-rock band. I was rather surprised to find them, since Taiwan has little to no rock. The music industry there is more R&B, hip-hop, and pure idol pop, which I can enjoy, but only to a degree. Not only is Cherry Boom an actual band, it’s a girl band! I picked up their second album first because it was a new release, and after listening to it a few times decided to buy their first album the next time I saw it.

Cherry Boom includes (from left to right) Xiao Qian(bass), Zha Zha (vocals), Gua (guitar), and Da Tian (drums). The four went to university together and formed a band. They would use a public practice facility and were discovered there by a producer a few months later who gave them more professional training. And of course, they compose most of their songs.

Their image is punk-rock, but I’d say that their music sometimes goes into the pop-rock genre than staying completely punk-rock. This isn’t to say that they aren’t punk, because some compositions I feel like I could have heard in mainstream American music. Some parts to their songs have a sort of creepy-carnival sound to it as well. They remind me of OLIVIA most with their playful and eerie lyrics as well as the addition of those creepy-carnival tunes that I had mentioned before.

Qin Ai De Wang Zi (roughly translating into My Dear Prince) is Cherry Boom’s debut album. It was released on October 3, 2006.

Qing Zin De Zao Chen starts off with a capella but after the first verse comes in with some guitar riffs. The verses are quieter, but build up to the chorus. The bridge features heavier riffs as well. These lyrics are a good example of the playful and eerie lyrics, since the song has some poppy sides and doesn’t sound angry, but the lyrics depict a girl poisoning her ex-boyfriend. And Zha Zha’s English pronounciation isn’t bad at all.

Qin Ai De Wang Zi is more of a creepy sounding song. I rather like the composition of the song with the suspended notes and the vocals are very good, expressing the eerie feeling quite well. It also has those carnivalesque melodies at times.

Mi Mi Hua Yuan starts off with the focus on vocals and then the rest of the band comes in. I like the chorus especially mostly because of the quicker pace and the guitar riffs. It has some interesting electronica elements to it inserted in a few places.

Zai Jian Wo De Ai is a power ballad and simply gorgeous. Even though it’s a ballad, it’s doesn’t go skimpy on the guitar riffs during the interludes. Though I like the verses – the melody is rather pretty, I prefer the chorus because it sounds more powerful.

Shi Yue has a rather pretty intro. It’s a ballad that mainly uses piano, but the band comes in at the first chorus. The verse melody is quite beautiful, but the chorus doesn’t do much for me. I like the guitar in the arrangement after the first chorus. This ballad seems the least rock-ish to me, especially since the other elements (piano and strings) overpower the actual members of the band.

The next song is the energetic I Wanna Rock. This one is a bit poppish, but it’s very fun and both the verse and chorus is pretty catchy. The arrangement seems kind of generic, though.

I like the beginning verse of Wo De Kong Qi, because of the spacing with the rests and notes and the crisp vocals. I also really like the chorus – it’s pretty catchy and the little harmonizing after it is nice. The arrangement is pretty nice here – all the elements fit together nicely.

I really like the rhythm in the vocals in the verses of Xiao Chou Shi Jie. The chorus is kind of silly with most just ‘ba ba ba.’ I also really enjoy the arrangement – even though there’s a lot going on, it’s muted beneath Zha Zha’s voice. Their use of repetition is also done well.

Bu Dui Ye Yao Ai is another great power ballad. The beginning is soft and builds up to the emotionally charged chorus. The vocals are excellent again in expressing the general atmosphere of the song.

Hei Ye Lai Lin is a nice mid-tempo soft rock tune. It is a little slow and the verses have an eerie feeling to it. I like the chorus more because it sounds less melancholy than the verses. It’s a pretty song and ends the album well.

Buy this album: CD+DVD

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Carol  |  August 29, 2007 at 5:53 pm

    Thank you so much for posting something about Cherry Boom!
    I recently saw thier Dear Prince video on Youtube and I am trying to find out as much about them as possible, but sadly I haven’t found much about them in English 😦
    I googled Cherry Boom and your site came up 🙂

  • 2. Daniel  |  October 29, 2007 at 4:21 pm

    I’m from the states and I have got to say “Cherry Boom” rocks.

  • 3. Lynn  |  October 29, 2007 at 11:36 pm

    hi. do u noe where to download this album? i saw a link at the end of the post but it seemed to hv expired…

  • 4. Elizabeth  |  October 31, 2007 at 5:12 pm

    Just reuploaded this one, hope you enjoy it! =)

  • 5. blackie  |  December 3, 2007 at 12:21 am

    hi where can know cherry boom news

  • 6. Sylphie  |  January 12, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    Yup, Cherry Boom is love.

  • 7. awaya  |  February 1, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    could you reupload it since i saw their some vids i really want to listen it

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