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American Me

September 8, 2009 | Format: MP3

$8.99
Also available in CD Format
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: September 8, 2009
  • 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: #398,096 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pamela Quan on May 14, 2010
Format: MP3 Music
"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 JediFonger on September 24, 2009
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yo Dawen! i've been putting the album American Me through its paces @my car and @home. @car i dont have the nicest system, but i mostly listen to for content quality. @home i have a nice B&W entry level speaker and Denon AVR-4308ci. i have to say that it really surprised me how good it is! i really wanted to pick out what's wrong with it and dang it i have a hard time doing so! i'm pretty harsh when it comes to music, i may not always go with what the general populous prefers. for example, a lot of people love nirvana, but i did not. i prefer pearl jam as my default choice of grunge rock.

aaanyways, after playing your album for @least 10x or more now i've come to really enjoy it and embrace and i luv how you still architect your music around the concept of the ALBUM! =). it's a RETURN TO FORM! first Track is "Welcome" the last track "My Cup..." the lyrics take on a closing-time atmosphere. from the beginning to the end, there is a LOT of thought put into how the music flows from one track to the next =).

when i listen to music, the first thing i care about is the actual music itself and not lyrics, and you definitely have a UNIQUE sound. i can't say i've ventured much into the jazz/fusion mix type of music before, i tend to keep to what i usually listen to. this style has a lot of gravitas. one thing i had to laugh at is how neurotic some of the lyrics are! i LOVE IT! i love how your voice blends into each other, as if one was questioning the other answering or perhaps both just musing. i just wanna say i've been enjoying the album and it has been a blessing to me =). thanks for creating good music!

and that's just music, let me get the lyrics!
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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 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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