David Tao [Beautiful] (Fifth Album)

September 17, 2008

Radio Beautiful
Can Get You Outta My Mind
Too Beautiful
The Chase
The Moment
Walk On
How Long?
I Don’t Wanna Know
Marry Me Today (Featuring Jolin Tsai)

The album starts with the tuning of a radio, and then a man starts speaking and it ends. The intro is, Radio Beautiful.

The first full track on the album is the mid-tempo, Can’t Get You Outta My Mind. It’s starts off on a forgettable note, what with Tao going, ‘I can’t get you outta my mind’ which got pretty annoying pretty fast. Luckily the song is actually enjoyable, with nice vocals, and a tolerable arrangement. I can definitely picture myself playing this in the car, while driving to nowhere really.

The next track is the down-tempo, Too Beautiful. A forgettable song and one I can’t even remember listening to, which is crazy because I listened to it twice. The arrangement is practically non-existent, and Tao’s vocal performance is very slow-paced and toneless so it adds nothing. The ending was quite beautiful however, and the only thing memorable about this song.

Next is the slower paced, The Chase, which in my opinion doesn’t sound like a chase at all. It’s much too slow for that. It’s not really mid-tempo, but not down-tempo either. Arrangement is simple, as well as Tao’s vocal performance; pretty decent song, though nothing special.

Tao keeps the slower-paced tracks coming with the next one, The Moment. Which plays just like the previous track in which it offers nothing new, or even exciting. No catchy or nice chorus, no attention snaring arrangement; just a bland beat and simple vocals. I did like how he incorporated some traditional Chinese music, though. The Moment is an all right track.

We pick up the pace with the next track, Walk On. A terribly generic up-tempo track, that fails at being anything other than forgettable. The arrangement is static, and Tao’s vocal performance is all over the place. I’m guessing he was going for some sort of inspirational dance track, but it just fails and falls flat.

The next track is a slow one, and perhaps the most interesting song I have heard so far, How Long? is a nice down-tempo track with a pretty heart-warming arrangement and nice vocals from Tao.

Tao brings the pace back up with the next track, I Don’t Wanna Know which sounds like another version of Walk On. It’s an up-tempo, dance-friendly track with a little Jazz thing going for it that isn’t all that impressive. Tao’s vocals are weird, especially when he starts hitting those ridiculous high notes, and the arrangement is fodder. Forgettable.

Finally is the next track, a down-tempo song, that isn’t really interesting, despite me listening to it three times in a row. It’s rather simple, with nothing really jumping out at you. I’m certain it was suppose to be a sad balled, but nothing about this song accurately conveys that. The arrangement is basic and so are the vocals. It’s a pretty boring ballad, which is a shame, because those are some of Tao’s best songs.

The next track is a duet with Jolin Tsai entitled, Marry Me. It’s a pretty nice song, though terribly generic. Jolin puts on a nice vocal performance, her tone blending in perfectly with Tao’s own light-sounding vocals. I didn’t too much care for the, ‘Jolin in the house/DT in the house’ it was pretty lame, and so was the wedding segment at the end, but other than that the song is passable.

The last track on the album is the down-tempo, Olia. It goes down the same path as Tao’s previous songs: Angeline, Catherine and Katrina, only difference? Those songs were good, Olia is mediocre at best. It’s pretty boring and safe, despite it having a rather nice and peaceful instrumental arrangement and good vocals from Tao. A rather forgettable way to end an album.

Rating: 1/2 star

I must admit out of all of David Tao’s albums, Beautiful is the worst by far. I cannot even fathom how this became one of his most successful albums when The Great Leap shits all over this, in terms of quality. There was not one song on this album that jumped out at me and caught my attention; all the down-tempo tracks were boring, and all the up-tempo tracks were generic, and every track on here was forgettable mediocre trash. I can’t remember being this disappointed with a Tao album since I’m OK and that album has my favorite Tao song on it, Tian Tian. This album has no saving grace, there is not one track on this album I liked, just some that were passable. It’s like Ami Suzuki’s AROUND THE WORLD all over again, but really, even I’d listen to that album before this one. David Tao has much better albums, David Tao and The Great Leap are perfect examples, and really showcase his talent. Beautiful on the other hand, is trash–leave this crap on the shelf, and if you were unfortunate enough to buy it, discard it! It’s not even worth a download, it’s just bad. Tao has no excuse for this album, and hopefully his sixth isn’t as pathetic.


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