Madman's Work by Paul Wong Koon-chung

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 06 December, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 06 December, 2006, 12:00am

Rocker Paul Wong Koon-chung is back with a mini-album that shows there is life after Beyond.

Madman's Work has five new songs, and live recordings of two from Wong's show at the Coliseum earlier this year.

Unlike his previous album, the self-financed, surprisingly mainstream I Exist, the new album sees Wong revisit his rock 'n' roll roots.

'Since nobody in Hong Kong is producing the kind of music that I want to listen to, I have to do it myself,' Wong said.

Tracks such as On the Line, Original Sinner and Bob II (a follow-up to the song Bob on Sound, one of Beyond's best albums after the death of their lead singer Wong Ka-kui) are pure rock tunes that will rock you to your core.

Thanks to exuberant performances by local drum sensation Jun Kung and the mesmerising guitars by Wong's long-time collaborator Ah Yin, these songs burst with energy and anger. Wong's vocals also convey a sense of maturity that suits his status as Hong Kong's veteran rock star.

Madman's Work is not an ambitious album, but it is a powerful statement of intent from a rock 'n' roll warhorse: the best is yet to come.