Sweet Melody Fiona Fung (CD)

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 17 July, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 17 July, 2010, 12:00am

Fiona Fung's second album, Sweet Melody, is the perfect musical accompaniment to sipping a smoothie and enjoying a summer breeze while lounging on a hammock.

This is far from typical Canto-pop: in fact, it's hard to classify. Most of the tracks are in Cantonese, Mandarin and English, with one in Japanese. The vibes and genres also vary.

There are many worthwhile songs on the album. Meant to be Together is about the woes of short-term relationships. It starts with Fung describing the misery of eating alone after a breakup, then moves on to a note of optimism in the second verse. Combined with the catchy tune, listeners are sure to feel uplifted.

The heavenly Athena sounds like it's sung by a children's choir - it shows Fung's poetic side and puts her childlike voice on full display. Childhood opens with a guitar riff, then adds a xylophone to the mix before completing its mission - taking you back to your childhood.

In U Are My Everything, Fung sings about the awesome feeling of being with the man she loves. The duet with Jason Chan Pak-yu is particularly pleasing. This album puts sunshine on your face and takes you back to your childhood without a time machine.