The Straits Times
Published on Dec 09, 2012

Singer-songwriter Tanya Chua returns to her roots in latest concert




Esplanade concert hall

Last Friday Dec 7

Local singer-songwriter Tanya Chua returned to her roots at her Friday gig. Her English music roots that is.

Before she was a three-time Golden Melody Award winner for Best Mandarin Female Singer, she had started out writing and recording in English and her first album was the English-language Bored (1997).

Just Say So, the title of her show, is also the title of her fourth and latest English release (2011).

On disc, the songs such as Let's Get Together, Just Say So, Carousel, Key To Happiness and Friends chart a trajectory of a relationship but that arc was lost in a live show setting. And too many songs fell into a similar mid-tempo groove that did not exactly propel the show along.