Hồ Quỳnh Hương has a marvelous range: raspy on the low and husky on the high. Though well-known as a pop star, she could maneuver her way around jazz and blues with ease and seduction. In her new release, Tĩnh Lặng, she’s back to the pop mainstream.
The album kicks off with her own tune “Nỗi Nhớ Anh Mùa Đông.” The track is a powerhouse ballad that starts out soft and launches into full force. It’s definitely a big hit that showcases her vocal competence. “Hallelujah” is the other track that she penned the lyrics herself. It’s actually a smart move on her part to write the lyrics in Vietnamese rather than singing in English. Even though her English is not so bad in “Love Me” (Phi Vân), she isn’t quite comprehended the nuances.
The rest of Tĩnh Lặng is filled with romantic numbers from hit-writers like Minh Hà, Mạnh Quân and Nguyễn Hữu Đức. Even though the album is nothing more than a typical pop ballad, it is enjoyable because of Hồ Quỳnh Hương’s voice.