JJ Lin – Second Heaven

Heaven
2.5
Bullet Rain
2.5
Perfect Match
3.5
River South
3.5
Afraid
3.5
Angel
3.5
Spirit
2.5
Mermaid
2.5

thoughts. B.
I think… maybe I’m a little unimpressed with JJ Lin’s second album Second Heaven. I wasn’t blown away by his first, but it had a quiet charm to it that I liked. This one isn’t bad by any means, it’s just I felt like it could have given me more. X out the first two underwhelming songs (they aren’t bad, just the others are better) in I quite enjoyed the tracks on here. I believe what I liked the most especially with songs like River South, Afraid, Spirit and Mermaid is that the songs really do sound like the titles. I felt like I was rowing down the river south, and afraid of my feelings an so on and so forth. It’s like I could picture what he was singing even though I don’t understand the lyrics. JJ’s voice is nice as usual and this was a decent second album. Afraid also makes me think of Jay Chou’s Silence.

  • favorite track – River South/Afraid
    least favorite track – Heaven/Bullet Rain
    guilty pleasure track – Angel
    under-rated track – Perfect Match

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JJ Lin – Music Voyager

Wing
3.5
Celestial Body
3.5
Freeze
3.5
Heaven’s Kiss
2.5
Person That Startles Me
3.5
Can Have That One Day
3.5
Don’t Understand
2.5

thoughts. B.
With a title like Music Voyager I honestly wasn’t expecting to really like JJ Lin’s first album. I’m not sure how I quite got into JJ Lin but I remember hearing a few of his songs while going through a male Cpop singer phase and liked his voice a lot. I’ve always liked Music Voyager, I suppose. It’s a quiet little album that doesn’t do much but there are a handful of songs on here that are really good in such an under-rated way. Freeze and Celestial Body have always been two of my favorites from him. Music Voyager does what it should as a first offering; makes you look forward to what’s next to come.

  • favorite track – Freeze
    least favorite track – Don’t Understand
    guilty pleasure track – Heaven’s Kiss
    under-rated track – Person That Startles Me

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