The day the song was released and plugged, fans online were commenting, wondering if <Obviously> would be broadcast on the 903 Radio Station that very day. Out of curiosity, the DJ first went online to search the details about the song and she came across a blog where the blogger, although not in Hong Kong, is someone who loves listening to music and uploads songs with lyrics, allowing people to search for lyrics online. It is a very popular blog with his posts typically appearing first when people search songs online. The blogger commented that <Obviously> is extremely good and he was very pleased with everything — the melody, the lyrics and the singing. With such high praise even from him, the DJ took a listen and she also really liked it. She comments that the song Eric Kwok has composed is very romantic and the lyrics Riley Lam has penned are very picturesque.
Charlene has been a part of Twins for so long, so with solo music, she has always wanted to try something different and find an “Ah Sa style”. Last year working with Eric on <Year After Year>, she really liked the song’s style. Meanwhile, Eric feels that international artists all have their own music style, but the majority of Hong Kong artists sing pop music that is very easily accepted by the public, but in doing so, loses their personal style. Eric wrote a whole variety of songs for Charlene and when she listened to <Obviously>, she instantly really liked the introduction of the song with the loop and the piano melody. Even without lyrics, it already seemed beautifully picturesque to Charlene.
Speaking about how appreciative Charlene is of Riley Lam for completely re-writing the lyrics of <Obviously> 3 times, the DJ notices that with the first set of lyrics, the song was titled <Goldfish>. And one line in the lyrics the DJ really likes in <Obviously> is about how lovely it would be if people had the memory of goldfish (ie. not remembering as much). The first set of lyrics did talk about the same message as <Obviously> — remembering memories you want to forget and forgetting memories you want to remember. But, Charlene finds that what is most distinctive about Eric’s songs are his hook lines. When Eric composes his hook lines, he sometimes inserts lyrics along with those lines. The first two versions of the lyrics didn’t quite hit on point with his hook lines. But the lyrics to <Obviously> is on point with everything.
For the entire album with just Eric as the producer, the entire style is very unique and distinctive. When people listen to the songs, they will know: This is Ah Sa’s style. The second and third plugged songs have already been selected and Charlene really loves both of them too!
Speaking about Twins and Charlene’s separate music, Charlene comments that she thinks Twins’ way of handling things is different from how she handles things when she’s solo. Every album Twins has released is like recording how they are at that period of time, changing from one album to another. Charlene does like this variability and she points out how different times were at the beginning — the deep topics current young singers are singing about compared to when Twins were that same age, it feels like society has become so devastating, so it is different. And even though Twins sing more mature songs now, people have still put them in a confined area of what they picture Twins to be, with little room to go too deep or develop.
Solo, Charlene is able to address many different topics. But Charlene wanted to point out it’s not like she is very miserable and tragic — even <Obviously> is not too tragic and the tempo of the entire album will not be too slow. The DJ comments that listening to <Year After Year> and <Obviously>, her impression is that the melody is romantic and soothing, but the lyrics have a slight bit of pain about relationships and romance, which is similar to things girls around this age talk about. So the DJ asks Charlene if she intends to place more of her own carefree and optimistic personality into the lyrics. Charlene answers that the lyrics to <Obviously> have a helpless feeling, but it is not a very miserable feeling. She hopes that her lyrics will be able to touch people and express the things others may also feel. When she herself goes to sing karaoke, she sings songs with lyrics that match how she feels at that moment. When she is happy, she always sings Joey Yung’s <心花怒放> (Joyful Release) and when she is unhappy, she sings songs like A-Mei’s <原来你什么都不要> (So You Actually Don’t Want Anything At All)
During this time period of Eric being the producer of <Montage>, Charlene also found a new vocal coach! Charlene has previously had many different vocal coaches. One of the longer times she spent with one coach was her previous coach Christine Samson, who she was with for many years. Charlene likes trying out different vocal coaches to see if there are new sources of inspiration. Charlene’s current vocal coach is actually male and younger than Charlene. He has gone abroad and studied under many famous teachers. His teaching methods are also different from Christine Samson’s ways of teaching. Eric Kwok also felt it created a good result for Charlene — even when you listen to <Obviously>, Charlene’s voice is slightly different from before. Charlene personally likes it when her singing voice is a little raspy, but Eric doesn’t like it when Charlene’s singing voice is raspy. Now, Charlene agrees with this direction and you can notice that Charlene’s voice is smoother in <Obviously>, compared to in <Year After Year>.
Finally, Charlene says the album should release in June/July. The DJ really likes <Obviously> so she wraps up the interview to have a chance to keep on broadcasting the song. But she first comments that she really looks forward to the album and she hopes everything including the album cover and packaging fit with Charlene’s taste and preferences. Charlene says it’s great how she was able to make all the decisions for this album, and she feels very lucky that EEG has just let go and given Charlene complete space to work.