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Artistes: Various
Forward Music
Release Date: October 25 2008






Just like we know that we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, we also shouldn’t judge a soundtrack by its packaging. But from the moment we received this soundtrack to the most successful Taiwanese movie of all time in the mailbox, we haven’t been able to lay our hands off it. To coincide with the film’s plot about unsent love letters, the soundtrack is cleverly designed as a mail parcel printed with the Cape No. 7 address, the addressee’s name and four stamps – tied up with a string.

Yes, we are suckers for pretty packaging indeed. But before you dismiss us as superficial folks, let us assure you that the music in this album isn’t that bad either.

The 44 minute album is a joy to listen to, from the moment the first track introduces you to Kageyama Yukihiko's resonating narration of the first love letter. Sure, not all of us understand the Japanese language, but his deeply moving voice makes the recitation calming to listen to. Besides, the genius soundtrack producers have provided the Chinese translated sheets resembling the love letters in the package (note: award extra points), making the pleasant listening experience complete. The serene main theme is a recurring one, and will please any listener with a heart.

Between these cues are tracks performed by various artistes as heard in the film. From the cheeky (04: Love You To Death), the indigenous (06: Where to Go?) and the soothing (08: For Daughter), each has a unique flavour that will appeal universally.

The movie’s leading man, Van Fan performs several memorable tracks on the soundtrack that remind us of his heydays during the early 2000s. From the angst ridden “Don't Wanna”, the catchy and upbeat rock tune (10: No Limit to Happiness) to the hopefully romantic Golden Horse nominated (12: South of the Border), you can tell the almost forgotten singer (now actor) is in top form again.

There are two especially noteworthy tracks here. The first one entitled (13: Wild Rose) is a Mandarin and Japanese version of Franz Schubert's familiar classic composition “Heiden Roslein” which fuses traditional instrumental composition with the performer’s vocals. The second one is (14: The Seventh Letter – Love Note) has Fan singing the last love letter to the film’s lovely main theme.

And guess what? You can sing along too, projecting your soaring vocals while holding the pretty lyric sheet in your hand.


Recommended Track: 14 (The Seventh Letter – Love Note)

Review by John Li


. Cape No. 7 (Movie Review)

. Cape No. 7 (Cast Interview)

. Cape No. 7 (Director's INterview)



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