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The Hospital TV Soundtrack/Various Artistes

The Straits Times, Singapore
Friday, February 16, 2007

The Hospital TV Soundtrack/Various Artistes

Rating : 3.5 out of 5

The best thing about the soundtrack to this controversial Taiwanese idol drama starring F4's Jerry Yen (and now showing on Channel U on Saturdays and Sundays at 7.30pm) is that Yen does not sing on it. Or rather, to be more precise, the opening theme song sung by him is not included in the soundtrack album.

The next best thing is that helming it is veteran composer-producer-arranger (and sometime TV host) Kay Huang. As Huang's influences are more of the breezy pop and jazz-lite ilk, you can pretty much figure out the feel of the soundtrack as a whole.

Even Power Station's pop rock offerings (the opening ballad Never Say Goodbye and the anthemic I Promise You) seem to blend in seamlessly with such chilled Mando-pop momentos as: the ending theme song We Were Once Too Young by Lan You Shi; Please Leave Me For A While by Singaporean lass Kaira Gong; and two delightful laid-back contributions from A-Sang (Driving and the evergreen chestnut Tell Me You Love Me as re-arranged by Huang).

The only complaint is that a couple of the 14 incidental music pieces by Huang sound too much like filler tracks to leave any lingering impression.

Samuel Lee
thanks also to likejycx at onlyf4

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