Ngoc Lan is among a few singers who blew cool breezes into Trinh Cong Son’s music with her fine elegance. On Hat Cho Que Huong Viet Nam, she interlaced remarkable soul and sensitivity in the work. As a result, her performances on Trinh’s materials were as natural as breathing, especially on “Ben Doi Hiu Quanh” where she effortlessly grasped sad air into the melody.
As for “Xin Mat Troi Ngu Yen,” Ngoc Lan’s perfectionist delivery remains unmatchable til this day. The seamless integration between keyboard and sax, along with her vocals, they had created everlasting memories of “Diem Xua.” On “Ru Ta Ngam Ngui,” her vocals gradually increased from deep whisper “khi tinh da voi quen” to rattling high “con chim dung lang cam” within four lines. All I can say is “wow!”
Again on “Tinh Nho,” Ngoc Lan did not have to scream on top of her lung to convey “Tinh ngo da quen di…” yet her flow was still spellbind. “Nang Thuy Tinh” marked another beautiful and highly successful collaboration between singer Ngoc Lan and sax player Thanh Lam. It was a perfect chemistry.
Hat Cho Que Huong Viet Nam is yet another priceless album Ngoc Lan had left for her fans. Released in 1994, ten years later this album is still capturing millions of Vietnamese hearts both at home and abroad. I am sure this timeless album continues to be appreciated many years to come.