American Me

September 8, 2009 | Format: MP3

$8.99
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: September 8, 2009
  • Label: Dawen
  • Copyright: 2009 Dawen
  • Total Length: 54:58
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B002H13I7C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #297,830 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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BigBrother
He combines a unique perspective, melding lyrics about the Asian-American experience with wonderfully crafted song making skills.
S. Millon
(The second album BETTER have some LIVE tracks!).
Joseph E. Crowley

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael Chen on September 25, 2009
Format: MP3 Music
Dawen's songwriting is versatile, unique, and catchy at the same time. To top it all off, he's got a phenomenal voice. I highly recommend this album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pamela Quan on May 14, 2010
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"American Me" is an album that you can listen to over and over and over because the emotions expressed in the songwriting are incredibly honest. Dawen combines beautiful music with purposeful lyrics and an amazing voice.

"Welcome" is the perfect opening song. It shares the intensity of the immigrant experience with phrases like "America - Why do you only live in dreams?" I love how his vocal harmonies stand in for brass in "Welcome" and "Fresh Off the Boat." One of his most powerful songs is "Wake Up" where he speaks for all people of color in America when he sings "Can't get used to being stereotyped." The message is punctuated by great rhythm. This is Dawenism at its finest. "Ku Li" is one of my favorites because it is brilliantly constructed. Cymbals and drums are used to create train sounds, the melody has a cool, playful rhythm, and he reworks the familiar American folk lyrics "I've been working on the railroad" to fashion a song from the Chinese perspective. Most notable -chink- is the use of the word- chink - to keep the beat - chink. Crazy spin, but effectively executed. His sophistication as a songwriter is undeniable in "Hyphenate" where verbal brevity demonstrates that less is more. "The Americans" appears light-hearted on the surface when in actuality, Dawen uses humor in the lyrics and melody to deliver strong social commentary about the state of diversity in modern day USA. "Never Again" poetically discusses the lessons that we've learned from the Holocaust. If you are partial to piano music, like me, you'll also enjoy "Put Your Swords Down," "Get Enough," and "Just You." The last one is a romantic ballad with a gorgeous melody, as is "The Predicament." "I Hate Jay" and "Lament" feature Dawen singing in his smooth falsetto.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Millon on November 2, 2009
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Let me start off by saying that Dawen's work is amazing. He combines a unique perspective, melding lyrics about the Asian-American experience with wonderfully crafted song making skills. He has an amazing voice, and his skills with instruments and the accompaniments he creates combine perfectly with the lyrics.

What I really like about the songs, and the album, is how intimate the work is. It's difficult to make something so personal and accessible, but Dawen hits the mark every time. The songs are great tunes, but the lyrics add a layer of depth and individuality to the work that I really appreciate.

Hopefully I can catch a live performance in the near future.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joseph E. Crowley on October 30, 2009
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This is a fantastic debut album by a young man who can move easily between Soul, R&B, Pop, Reggae, and even Funk! Great vocals and a strong sense of Jazz arrangements make this artist worth your time. All the normal album themes are here; songs of love & happiness, but Dawen isn't afraid to tackle the more important issues of race, culture and identity, all the while entertaining you with that smooth voice.

And here's the best part... as good as this album is, it doesn't come close to his LIVE performances! I've had the pleasure of seeing Dawen live as a solo artist and with his funky band. They put on a great show! (The second album BETTER have some LIVE tracks!).

So, enjoy the obvious heart, soul and attention put into this wonderfully produced album and get Dawen to come to your town soon!
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