Khalil Fong – Soulboy

November 11, 2007 at 4:58 pm 1 comment

1. Prologue
2. Mei Mei
3. Chun Feng Chui
4. Mei Tian Mei Tian
5. Nu Ren
6. Jiao Wo Zen Me Shuo
7. Na Pa
8. Nan Yin
9. Wo Men Neng Bu Neng
10. Tiao
11. Zong Jie
12. Gan Chang
13. Deng Zhe Ni Hui Lai

Soulboy is Khalil Fong’s debut album, released on November 18, 2005. It’s in Mandarin, despite the fact that he is actually based in Hong Kong. The compositions are a mix of soul and R&B and though I don’t usually like genres like this too often, I really enjoyed this album. It’s worth a listen even if you don’t like soul too much.

The Prologue is just a short spoken introduction with some beats behind it. It’s outwardly in English, but in the background the Mandarin and Cantonese counterparts are spoken.

The first track, Mei Mei (meaning little sister) was dedicated to his cousin who had just turned 18 at the time, how sweet! The beats and rhythms are very catchy and the little instrumentals in the back are super nice. I also like the chorus melody especially; it’s been in my head a lot lately.

Chun Feng Chui is mostly a capella, with the exception of the shaker as the beats and a short piano interlude. I love love the chorus here, but what is really outstanding about this song is the rhythm of the lyrics. The backing vocals sort act as the instrumentation that’s missing and it gives the entire song a really unique sound.

The first ballad-y song is Mei Tian Mei Tian. I really like the guitar especially in the arrangement. The rhythm is great, but it’s not as pronounced as the previous songs, which make it feel a bit softer than the rest. The chorus is nice, but I like the verse melody more.

Next is one my favorites off the album, Nu Ren. The beats are really nice and I love the rhythm in the verses. But I especially love the chorus; the melody, rhythm, lyrics are all just so good.
I also really liked the strings in the arrangement.

I don’t particularly like Jiao Wo Zen Me Shou. The beat is really nice and the short beat-boxing in the middle is rather interesting, but I didn’t feel that the melodies were too special. Or memorable.

Na Pa has a bit of a bossa-nova feel, mostly because of the arrangement. The beat is still there, but not prominently at all. The melodies are nice and there’s a sweet little interlude in the middle.

Nan Yin starts off with a sad piano melody and later incorporates more elements. I especially like the pace of the lyrics, which is a bit quicker than rest. The repetition in the chorus is also rather good, pretty catchy. The arrangement is also especially nice.

Wo Men Neng Bu Neng goes back the nice beats and guitar melodies. The arrangement has a few extra little elements, giving the song a bit of individuality. I also really like the chorus of this piece.

The next song, Tiao, starts off super nice beats and awesome rhythms in the verse. There is a lot of repetition in it. There’s also a short rap section, but it’s slightly different from standard rap sounds.

I really like the simple guitar part in Zong Jie. The shaker is also nice. I like the melodies; they’re rather pretty and sweet, especially the chorus. The simplicity in the verse is also nice. The slight differences in the ending to the chorus spice it up a little.

Next is Gan Chang. I like the catchy beats, but the chorus is especially nice. It’s slightly fast-paced and the simple melody is quite nice. I also like the arrangement, especially the strings and the little piano solo at the end.

The last track is Deng Zhe Ni Hui Lai is a remake of a Chinese oldie. I’ve never heard the original, but this version feel very fresh and modern. It’s very repetitive, but the same melody is never repeated too often. The beats are also especially nice.

There’s also a hidden track. It starts off with a conversation in a cafe with a woman in mostly Cantonese. As for the actual song, it’s like the rest of the album. The beat and rhythms are nice and I like the brass parts. The chorus is also pretty good.


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  • 1. katie  |  November 11, 2007 at 11:08 pm

    Whoot!! Nice to see that you’ve enjoyed this album also. It’s one of my all-time favorites. 😀 You should try This Love, his second album, if you haven’t already! I’m not gonna download, but I’ll thank you for the upload anyway. ;D

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