Ming Chou’s recently released CD is a not easily categorized, which I consider to be a good thing. The ten tracks on CD show a wide range of talent from this new artist. I really like to talk about each individual song on any CD I review, so without further ado, here is my review of this new CD:
Track #1 “Bless Yourself” is a nice song to start off with. I think this song really sets the tone for the whole CD, introducing the listener to Ming’s strong faith and devotion to God. Ming plays around with some electronic voice manipulations that make it possible for him to sort of be his own background singer. This song is catchy might have you humming it hours after you have finished listening.
Track#2 “Summer Day” is one of my favorite songs on the CD. I think I like the “entry” (beginning) the best, as it seems to kind of just grab the listener into the beat with such ease. Who doesn’t love a summer day? And what better way to some up one of God’s greatest creations – a summer day! The instrumental parts of this song are very interesting and fun. I think many of us have felt the power of God on that perfect summer day when our world just seemed to be in balance. And even in the dead of winter, God can make it seem like a summer day!
Track#3 “Not This Time” is a little quicker than the first two songs. It is kind of a pick up the pace a little tune. It has that ever-so-successful fast-than-slow-back-to-fast change-up that has become so popular that last fifteen years or so. I really like this song. I think most people will.
Track #4 “Smile” has some great lyrics and the music is okay, but this is the first song on the CD that caused where Ming seems to force his singing instead of just letting his voice go. Now I’m not saying I can do better. I am not a musician or a singer, but this song lacked the “IT” factor so prevalent in the first three tracks. But, hey, three out of four ain’t bad. Imagine a pro-baseball player hitting 75% at bat!
Track #5 “King of Kings” is a great worship song! And Alice Young is awesome with her backing vocals on this song. Her voice and Ming’s voice work well together. I would love to here more of the two working together. This piece of work reminded me of the brother and sister duo LaRue, very nice!
Track #6 “Holy, Holy, Holy” is a very different version of this song than I’ve ever heard before. I liked the guitar (guitars) in this song. I also think Ming does a better job with his voice in this one than he did in “Smile”. The background voices could be a little louder though…they are a little too shallow. I found myself trying to “hear” them because they seemed so distant.
Track #7 “The One” is probably my least favorite song on the CD. I couldn’t “get” into the mood, rhythm, or flow of the song. Not that big of a deal though….Ming’s still batting about 80%!
Track #8 “You Are” has a jamming good entry, a Reliant K feel, a fun beat, some good, straight to the point lyrics, some nice switch-ups, speed-ups, slow downs, and whatever other exciting term one can label a song with in it! This song totally makes up for my lack of enthusiasm for Track #7! The baseball player just hit one out of the park!
Track #9 “Hold On Too” may not have been the best song to have right after “You Are” because the difference in these songs is ENORMOUS! What this song lacks is that “Pick Up The Volume” and depth of the voice, the message, or the urgency. I kept waiting for that real hard breakout in the song…that never came. This song has a lot of potential…I pray Ming remakes this song with more POWER and STRENGTH thrown in during the chorus. I would love to hear it with those changes.
Track #10 “Here I Go” is a vast mixture of sounds and beats. The song moves all over the place, which is kinda’ fun. At no point did I ever have a single clue where the song was going or what I might here next. I would like a copy of this without the lyrics (not that the lyrics were bad!) because the music sounded really cool…kind of Christian-legal new age stuff. Instrumentally, this is a very interesting and different kind of song. A great way to end the CD! This one is really cool played loud!
So that’s my review of “Summer Day” by Ming! I hope you enjoyed it. And I also hope you will seriously consider purchasing a copy of this great CD. It is well worth the price!
May God bless!
Author of THE RUNNING GIRL