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New albums spring forth

新歌来袭 把耳朵叫醒

中文 英文 双语 2012-05-04    来源:21st Century      阅读数:105417
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导读:日益升高的气温也点燃了发片季,歌手们纷纷趁机推出(release)个人全新大碟,下面就让我们来一起盘点全球乐坛的发片热潮,把你的耳朵叫醒吧。
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For most people spring means renewal and the start of a new year. For music fans, spring means thrilling outdoor festivals, and hot new albums.
对于大多数人来讲,春天意味着万物复苏和新年伊始。而对于乐迷们来说,春天则代表着激动人心的户外音乐节,以及新出炉的全新专辑。

From breakthrough performers to singers without new music in a while, here we present some exciting Western music in prospect.
这里我们为您奉上西方乐坛上值得期待的超棒音乐,从取得突破的艺人到好久没有新作问世的歌手皆悉数列出。

Love Is a Four Letter Word
《Love Is a Four Letter Word》

Artist: Jason Mraz
歌手:杰森•玛耶兹

Record label: Atlantic
唱片公司:大西洋唱片

Release date: April 17
发行日:4月17日

Jason Mraz makes music for sunny days, for barefoot walks along the seashore and bike rides on nature trails. His music is organic enough to fit in a coffeehouse and sufficiently soulful to play an after-hours club.
杰森•玛耶兹的歌很适合在阳光普照的天气听,你可以一边听歌一边赤脚漫步在海滩上,或者可以边听边骑着单车徜徉在景色优美的乡间小径上。他的音乐带有天然的气息,适合在咖啡厅里播放;也同样深情款款,适合在下班后的闲聚中弹唱。

Love Is a Four Letter Word, his successor to 2008’s million-selling We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things, picks up where the last record left off. On songs such as The Freedom Song and I Won’t Give Up, Mraz once again merges feel-good melodies and lyrics.
继2008年的白金唱片《活出自我》后,这张《Love Is a Four Letter Word》延续了上张专辑的风格。在《自由颂》和《永不放弃》等歌曲中,玛耶兹再次将优美的旋律和歌词完美结合在一起。

Throughout the album, Mraz balances well, being both artistically exceptional and commercially viable. He does it with a wide smile and an infectious lilt.
整张专辑既具有非凡的艺术价值,又可以成功地进行商业运作。玛耶兹凭借着灿烂的笑容和极富感染力的轻快曲调,在艺术性和商业性之间游走的游刃有余。

Little Broken Hearts
《破碎的心》

Artist: Norah Jones
歌手:诺拉•琼斯

Record label: Blue Note
唱片公司:蓝音符唱片公司

Release date: April 30
发行日期:4月30日

With her fifth studio album, Norah Jones explores the concept of heartbreak, investigating its unpleasant aspects with refreshing candor and sardonic wit.
诺拉•琼斯在其第五张录音室大碟中剖析了心碎的概念,用令人耳目一新的直率风格和睿智的嘲讽去探索其令人神伤之处。

Albums about heartbreak certainly aren’t new, but Jones puts a fresh spin on the familiar topic. Musically, Jones brings a dark and alternative pop sound to the album. So, don’t expect any pop jazz song she used to make.
虽然以“心碎”为主题的唱片已然不再新鲜,但琼斯却为这一大众熟稔的话题进行了全新的诠释。从音乐本身来讲,琼斯为这张专辑加入了一些忧郁且另类的流行唱腔。因此,不要再期望能听到她以往的那种流行的爵士歌曲了。

However, Jones never sounds too depressed on this album. Instead, she keeps the mood fairly moderate. Heartbreak is inevitable if you love hard enough, yet Jones makes it enjoyable.
尽管如此,琼斯这张专辑的音乐听上去毫无颓废之感。相反,她对于情绪的拿捏十分得当。如果你爱得太深,伤心在所难免,而琼斯却让心碎之声变得动听起来。

Blown Away
《随风而去》

Artist: Carrie Underwood
歌手:凯莉•安德伍德

Record label: Arista
唱片公司:Arista唱片公司

Release date: May 1
发行日期:5月1日

When she started her career, American Idol winner Carrie Underwood came across as the friendly girl next door, with songs about Jesus and of compassion for the less fortunate.
刚出道时,顶着《美国偶像》冠军头衔的凯莉•安德伍德以亲切的邻家女孩形象示人,吟唱着关于耶稣以及悲悯人间疾苦的歌曲。

However, the cover of her fourth album depicts the modern Underwood as a supermodel heroine, and illustrates her evolution since she introduces herself as a young Oklahoma woman with a powerful voice.
然而,安德伍德第四张专辑的封面则将打扮入时的她塑造成一位绝对的超级名模,表明当年那个用坚定声音介绍自己的俄克拉荷马州女孩已然蜕变成长。

Unlike her peers such as Taylor Swift, Underwood hasn’t opened herself to fans through songs that reveal her personality. Instead, in this album, she has got an attitude that’s more brassy, modern entertainment.
与同辈歌手泰勒•斯威夫特不同,安德伍德并没有通过这些彰显其个性的歌曲,向自己的歌迷们敞开心扉。相反,在这张专辑中,她采用了一种更为浮华和时髦的态度。

Everything in the World
《这世上的一切》

Artist: Wanting Qu
演唱者:曲婉婷

Record label: Nettwerk Records
唱片公司:内特沃克唱片公司

Release date: April 24
发行日期:4月24日

If you are a fan of the film Love in the Buff, you must remember Qu’s song in it, You Exist in My Song ?.
如果你是影片《春娇与志明》的影迷,那么你一定会记得片中曲婉婷的那首《我的歌声里》。

Now, as the first Chinese singer signed to Canadian record company Nettwerk, the Harbin-born singer releases her debut English album.
如今,作为与加拿大内特沃克唱片公司签约的首位华人歌手,出生于哈尔滨的曲婉婷发布了首张个人英文专辑。

Qu’s self-penned songs are largely concerned with the anguished entanglements of young love. But the 22-year-old’s powerful voice and potent presence aren’t those of a passive schoolgirl, especially in the closing Chinese tracks, where Qu’s voice is allowed far more exposure and reveals her personality.
尽管曲婉婷创作的歌曲大都关于年轻人爱情中的痛苦纠结。但这位22岁歌手颇具爆发力的声音以及霸气的台风都证明她绝非一个消极的女生,尤其在她录制完成的几首中文歌曲里,曲婉婷的声线更加得以表现,充分彰显出她的个性。

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以上文章内容选自《21世纪英文报》,详情请见《21世纪英文报》953期
辞海拾贝
renewal复苏 organic朴实的,简单的
successor后继之物 viable可行的
infectious有感染力的 lilt轻快活泼的调子
candor坦白直率 sardonic讽刺的
brassy浮华的,庸俗的 entanglement纠结,累赘



 


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