Rowena Aquino has just written a great feature article/review about Born In Chinese and CompilAsian for the online magazine, Asia Pacific Arts. Some excerpts from the article:
…what’s great about this collection of artists is the diversity of their (musical) backgrounds, including how they came to be in New York. You have Filipina Alfa Garcia set alongside the Francis Kim Band, next to which are Taiwanese American Johnny Hi-Fi and Korean Americans Song and Big Phony. Asian American music is definitely happening and playing as we speak…
Re: Johnny Hi-Fi’s “This Is the Song”:
…the clear, melodic riffs twisting around JHF’s vocals completed the recipe for an undeniably catchy, solid pop song.
Re: Big Phony’s “Dying Unaware”:
Really thoughtful, subtle songwriting. Can’t say more.
Re: Isul Kim’s “This Fever”:
…it’s Kim’s smoky and bluesy vocals that carry the song’s appeal and propel the song’s I-don’t-give-a-damn-but-let-me-tell-you-what-I-think attitude in the face of male attitude…
Re: Blip Blip Bleep’s “A Little While Longer”:
“A Little While Longer” is by the far the most rocked-out of the songs on the compilation…
Rowena kindly goes on to say many other positive and insightful things about the other musicians on the album. Please check out the whole article here.