Tomorrow is the third album released by Elva Hsiao. It was another hit with two of the songs ranking within the top 100 songs of 2001.
Released: April 21, 2001
1. Tomorrow (明天)
2. Secret (秘密)
3. Let It Go
4. Angel That Temporarily Left (天使暫時離開)
5. To Make a Long Story Short (長話短說)
6. I Love You So Much (我愛你那麼多)
7. The Next Love (下一次戀愛)
8. Love Beauty (愛情美)
9. Promise Me (答應我)
10. Love for the Third Time (愛第三次)
I didn’t really like this song at first, but the title track has slowly grown on me. Tomorrow starts off as a ballad before coming in with a dance beat and some distortion on Elva’s voice. The verses are pretty cool, but it’s the chorus where things end up being flat. The music has a fun beat and some Middle-Eastern elements to it, but the melody isn’t particularly catchy. It’s not bad, just not particularly memorable and doesn’t have a strong hook and feels a bit empty. Not a bad start, but doesn’t wow me as an opener.
Secret goes the slower route with a sultry R&B tune that has a wicked bass-line. I really like how it sounds, although it feels more like a late 90’s song than something from the early 00’s. The verses are pretty sweet and I love Elva’s voice here as she sounds her most comfortable. The chorus melody is fast-paced, but it’s actually really wicked when tied with the bass-line and vocal riffs that fly over it. This is definitely what I was hoping to hear.
Featuring Stanley Huang, Let It Go brings us back to the upbeat style with this dance number. I was hoping for something a little stronger, but this song is pretty forgettable. The verses aren’t that great to listen to and the chorus just falls flat. The hooks are weak and there isn’t enough energy to really make it stand out. Stanley’s rapping is pretty fun, but that’s it.
Into the ballad-zone we go with Angel That Temporarily Left. This is a pretty pop/R&B ballad but it just comes off a little odd. The verses are bland and the chorus just isn’t much better. It sounds like a late 90’s pop ballad that with a strange melody that doesn’t quite know what it wants to do. The melody doesn’t quite want to sit on any notes and it makes Elva sound off-pitch.
To Make a Long Story Short is another R&B tune, but it’s one of the stronger songs on the album. The melody is much catchier here and I love the touches of Spanish guitar in the music to help set it apart. I don’t like the verses, but the song does get better as things progress into the chorus. Even Elva sounds more confident in this song than the last.
The album’s biggest hit was I Love You So Much. This is yet another slow song, but loses some of those R&B elements is more classic in its style. I like the music as the touches of traditional Chinese instruments really help bring some variety. However, the song is just boring. It’s too slow. While the ending is a bit better, it just doesn’t quite interest me that much in the long run.
I’m always happy when we get another R&B track. The Next Love brings it back but with a happier style and is a cover of SAKURA’s “One” (she is also featured in the song). I like the beat to the song, although the verses aren’t particularly interesting. The chorus is a bit better and while it doesn’t quite have the hooks of the other R&B songs on here, it’s still pretty nice to hear something a little brighter. Compared to the original, it’s a little lacking, but it’s still a decent cover even if the production sounds cheaper.
Love Beauty finally gives us an upbeat song, although I’m not sure if that’s a good or bad thing. This one definitely sounds like a Britney Spears kind of pop song. The beat is heavy and there is a splash of synths everything to make it more futuristic in sound. The chorus starts off pretty good but sort of falters as it goes on and just lacks a strong melody throughout. It’s not bad though.
Now we get back to the ballads with Promise Me. This song sounds more like a Chinese ballad from the 90’s with its focus on the keyboard and softer delivery. It’s not the most exciting song, but I do think it’s the best of the classic ballads because the melody is much nicer and Elva sounds more comfortable singing it. The music also has a bit of power to it that works well to push the chorus.
To end things off, we get the latin-inspired Love for the Third Time. It’s a bit of a surprising transition, but this one is at least more promising than the last. I would say this is the best upbeat song on the album because it actually has a catchy melody and the music is fun and helps to bring some edge instead of the usual dance/pop. It’s a weird ending, but at least it ends things off on a good note.
Overall: This her weakest album yet. While her debut and second album had some weak tunes, there was still a variety of great tunes among a group of average ones. Here, there was quite a handful of weaker songs and a lack of standout songs. I would say there was only one song that really stood out and maybe two solid ones at best. The melodies were just lacking here and the music in quite a few songs just felt lacking and empty.