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The COMPASS Group > December 2008

Ronald Lin


Heading towards the future of rock: Wu Bai & China Blue's "Space Bomb"

By Ronald Lin (Host of the HitFM Radio Network)
Translated by Ann Lee
Pictures by Avex Taiwan

Wu Bai & China Blue's "Space Bomb"

Album name: "Space Bomb"

Successfully diverting from the field of alternative rock into mainstream pop, Wu Bai's accomplishments in the music business are highly recognized in Taiwanese pop culture. In his first album, titled "Loving Someone Else is a Happy Thing", Wu Jun-lin, also known as Wu Bai, was able to master and expand his blues and rock skills. Those you have been fans of this rocker from the beginning can definitely understand how and why he can become such icon in the mainstream music industry today.

Since his famous single "The Wanderer's Love Song", Wu Bai has spent the years continuing to write and produce his own songs. His work constantly jumped between getting the recognition with the rest of the mainstream market fans, and the form of music that he loved. In this period of riding the musical fence between pop star and serious musician, he is releasing his new album, "Space Bomb", at the tail end of 2008.

In "Space Bomb", Wu Bai has done it again. This time around, his music is full of lyrics that not only reflect his observations of our society--which are often negative--but he has also made a lot of progress in his musical style. The sound is a bit "futuristic", which lends itself to the album's name. Wu Bai's words always tend to be somewhat poetic and "Space Bomb" is no different. However, he does not mention much about love and relationships in this one; instead he focuses on issues like how we as humans reflect and judge the things happening in our society.

With musical accompaniment by China Blue, the musicality of "Space Bomb" contains more electronic instruments with a spacier feel. The album's single, also called "Space Bomb", is set in 2406 and describes how human beings use natural resources endlessly and in the end must give up living on Earth. Another song, "Lonely Forest", talks about the forest of the city, how people are cold towards each other, and how people never go out anymore. "Flash of Magic" is a song that combines wrestling with rock. For the music video, Wu Bai invited his favorite Japanese wrestler to perform. "Wind & Fire" is now the theme song for an online game, showing the reality of how youngsters these days do nothing but sit at home and play online games. Other songs like "Fashionable Dog" and "News Flash" talk about the vanity of people and how they adore brands and the media, but are unable to take time to reflect upon their own lives.

The main concept of this album was portrayed very well in the song "Lost on Sea". This song is said to be the most ground-breaking, most challenging song he's written after "Loving Someone Else is a Happy Thing," the tune that made him famous. However, the last song on the album, "Rain of the Times", is sort of misplaced for the whole theme of the album, although it is just as well done as the others. No matter what "Space Bomb" brings the audience in terms of a space adventure, I'd say it is one of the most recommended albums of the year.

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