If You Hear My Song is the second album released by Leehom Wang. While his first album saw little success, Leehom moved record labels and was eventually promoted as someone with strong abilities in songwriter. This eventually led to his second album receiving moderate success and helping him to establish himself as a rising star.
Released: August 7, 1996
1. If You Hear My Song (如果你聽見我的歌)
2. Call Me One Thousand Times (喊我一千遍)
3. Go Love (去愛)
4. Front Page Rock’n’Roll (頭版搖滾)
5. Stand By Me
6. It’s You (頭版搖滾)
7. Having You is Enough (有你就足夠了)
8. As Long As I Have You
9. Love is Difficult to Pull (情難牽)
10. Better Off Alone
Although I wasn’t too impressed by any songs off of his first album, the title track here, If You Hear My Song, is one of my favourite songs from him. It’s a slow ballad that has a very strong 90’s nostalgic sound to it. I love how it slowly gains steam before it goes into the chorus. The melody is really nice and I love how strong his voice sounds. It really complements the power the melody needs. It’s a great starter and one of his most emotional songs. Call Me One Thousand Times is actually a funky pop tune and it wasn’t what I was expecting. I do find the verses really odd as the singing is a bit weirder and the background vocals are also very strange. I feel like this song isn’t my cup of tea because it just doesn’t have a more obvious structure and the whole song just comes off a little awkward. There are some interesting parts, but I’m not a big fan of the overall delivery. Go Love is slow like a ballad, but has a brighter sound to it. It reminds me of something from his first album. I’m not sure what to feel about this song because the melody isn’t particularly memorable and it seems really choppy. The music is a bit soulful, but doesn’t quite push things either. I think it’s just sort of in an odd place. Front Page Rock’n’Roll is a fun upbeat pop/rock and while it isn’t that catchy, it has a great energy to it. I also love the music as the rock elements work really nicely with the splashes of brass. It sort of reminds me of songs from the early late 80’s/early 90’s that would be featured in some fun movies. It’s just a lot of fun and Leehom sounds like he is having a blast as well. Stand By Me is a contemporary cover of the Ben E. King classic of the same name. This is a great song and I love the song in its original form, so I was interested in Leehom’s take. He tries to make it a bit more R&B and hip-hop, but I’m not quite sure if those choices were great. He uses some really odd instruments like a freaky squeaking sound that just distracts things at the most crucial point of the song. It’s unfortunate because Leehom sounds great singing this. It’s You is a slower ballad that focuses a lot on a gentle guitar. I really want to like this song, but it’s just too slow and sleep-inducing. It is nice and soft, but feels more like a lullaby. The music doesn’t really do much and just keeps this gentle quality going. Sweet song, but just not for me. Having You is Enough is another slow acoustic ballad and I’m not sure if I can get through this one. I do feel like it doesn’t have that dreamier quality of the last song, so it has a bit more power and I quite like how Leehom’s voice sounds here. With that said, it just feels so long and like it doesn’t really go anywhere. These kinds of songs are always hit or miss for me. And…As Long As I Have You is the English version of this song. I’m surprised they put it right after the original because that’s three really slow acoustic ballads in a row and two of them were the same song. An odd choice. Love is Difficult to Pull is another ballad, but finally we get something with piano. I quite like the feeling of this song because the verses always feel like they are trying to show that something good is coming in the chorus. The chorus’ melody actually isn’t what I was expecting, but it’s not that bad. I was expecting something bigger and more grand, but this one goes through little bursts of power and an unpredictable melody. Better Off Alone is another English song, though I’m pretty sure this is an original. It has a jazzier vibe to it that sets it apart from the other songs on here. I mean I do like the sound of it, especially the chorus, which is more energetic and quite catchy. I was not expecting that power as the verses are quite slick. I didn’t like it at first, but this song definitely grew on me.
Overall: To be honest, I was a bit surprised coming out of this album. The first song is amazing and one of his best songs ever, but the rest of the album just fell flat for me. His first album didn’t have many stand out pieces, but the songs were on a more consistent level. He played around with his sound more often on here, but it was just hit-or-miss. The slower acoustic songs were especially disappointing for me.