Hallucinations (Dou Wei)

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General Information

Artist: Dou Wei (with the E Band)
Title: Hallucinations
Release Date: 1999, October
Label: unknown
Type: CDDA & tape
Catalog No.: ZXC-0017,ISRC CN-A68-99-333-00/A・J6(CT版)
ZXD-0017,ISRC CN-A68-99-333-00/A・J6(CD版)
Language: no lyrics

Track Listing

  1. Prelude
  2. Hallucination
  3. Prosperous All Over the World
  4. What?
  5. Harvest
  6. Feel Like
  7. The Echoing Hollow
  8. Scenes of Late Spring and Autumn
  9. To Love & To Be Loved
  10. The River


Reviews

"Hallucination is not without its shortcomings. The influence of the Cocteau Twins is rampant on many of the lighter songs, especially in both Ou Ge's guitar voicing and phrasing. Dou's lyrical delivery shows a strong influence from obscure British group Bark Psychosis, with its heavy exhalations, not to mention that some of the songs on Hallucination are written in English. That is for the listener's ear to confirm, as the liner notes for the record contain no lyrics. Hallucination represents neither the hypnotic intensity of Black Dream, nor the angst-inducing Sunny Days. It's the best record Dou Wei has produced in five years, and is extremely palatable material, neither too light nor too heavy, but more musically advanced than the Black Panther anthem of restless post-Mao youth Don't Break My Heart. Either way, it's love it or leave it, as Dou performs only music from Hallucination during his live performances, content to move only forward and not ponder where he's been." Steven Schwankert in Beijing Scene[1]
"With the help from E band which consists of several veteran Beijing rockers, former The Face guitarist (Deng) Ou Ge, bassist Chen Jin, drumnmer Shan Xiao Fan, Do Wei began another journey into his boderless music realm. This time, he draw influences from British Experimental Ambient band, Bark Psychosis. The music weaves a series of atmospheric set pieces. The songs find a common ground between accepted musical formulas and surprising innovation, Unlike all other chinese music at the time. It truely brings the international feel to the chinese music scene. The tracks are all tightly structured, yet by avoiding the dynamics of conventional songcraft like choruses and solos, they come with ease and remarkable dexterity.Some tracks are melodic and finely-honed as compared to some ambient soundscape songs. Hallucination begins with borrowed materials from Bark Psychosis, but they transform the record into something mysterious, haunting and breathtakingly visionary." from Dou Wei's homepage[2]


References

  1. "CD SCENE in Beijing Scene, Volume 6, Issue 2, October 22 - 28". Steven Schwankert (October 1999). Retrieved on 2008-08-10.
  2. "Hallucination (1999)". Dou Wei Homepage. Retrieved on 2008-08-10.



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