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Album Review: Charice´s self-titled Debut

Album Review: Charice´s self-titled Debut

In the 2 1/2 years since Ellen DeGeneres featured this young Filipina singer on her popular talk show, Charice has racked up an impressive number of friends in high places: She’s made several appearances on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” sung duets with Andrea Bocelli and Celine Dion and signed a record deal with David Foster, the soft-pop impresario behind Josh Groban and Michael Bublé.

Today she’s scheduled to appear on “Oprah” yet again, this time alongside Justin Bieber. (Like Bieber, Charice built an initial following on YouTube, where displays of precocious vocal talent are outnumbered only by videos of babies tasting lemons.)

Charice’s self-titled international debut contains input from some of those powerful pals, including Foster, the set’s executive producer; “Replay” singer Iyaz and such A-list songwriters as Ryan Tedder, Diane Warren and Carole Bayer Sager. Inevitably, the result darts somewhat haphazardly from sleek dance-pop tunes aimed at girls Charice’s age (“I Love You,” “Pyramid”) to schmaltzy slow jams seemingly intended for those girls’ moms (“All That I Need to Survive,” “Note to God”).

If “Charice” lacks any kind of stylistic focus, though, it also feels like an honest showcase of the singer’s voice, with relatively uncluttered arrangements and limited vocal processing. There’s nothing especially interesting about that voice beyond its technical sophistication; any character is a product of inheritance, not invention. But its strength lives up to that of her collaborators.

—Mikael Wood

Source: Pop and Hiss, LA Times Music Blogs

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24 Responses to “Album Review: Charice´s self-titled Debut”

  1. UnJynkz says:

    This is just one reviewer. Charice is in the “major leagues” now. There will be many more to come. Let’s just take it as it is, A Review on the Album as a whole. It’s not an outright slashing. We may or may not agree on some points. I for one don’t agree on many. But people buy or don’t buy albums based on a technical review. They don’t “over” analyze. They listen, They Like!

    I already know Charice can sing, she can deliver! The real jurors are the other music lovers who haven’t checked out the album yet. As fans we should just focus on spreading the word on Charice’s album and tell as many people to check out this great debut.

    And please, if you should stumble on other blogs, ease up on the comments war.:)

    Charice, your way up there!
    Much love!!!!

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  2. enad says:

    I’m a BIG fan of Charice but I’m not saying this on behalf of those who support her but as an objective person. If I were Mr. Wood, I’d dig deeper. At the least, I’d do my own “real” research first. I wouldnt write something just because I had to have something to post or else, I’d only be losing my credibility and end up with a piece of crap — just like his post.

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  3. haynakuubosnanamanorasko says:
    Hello Admin,

    Maybe you want to post a link to this album review? I think this is a positive one and he’s a Charice believer. Thanks

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kA2btnc69rs

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  4. Manang says:
    “Charice” is now #1 selling album on itunes. Way to goooooo, Charice!

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  5. Partner says:
    Hey Guys,

    Please also post you comments as replies at the Los Angeles Times Website. People are commenting negatively on this writer. Type “Charice Debut Album Review” in the search and the site for this article will appear. Some non-Chasters who will read this writer’s comments might believe him and not even try to listen to the songs of the album. Readers should see more of comments criticizing the writer.

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  6. begoodenblues says:
    And this is called an “Album Review”? Where is it? All Mikael Wood talks about is Charice’s influential entourage (with a hint of jealousy perhaps?) Nothing written in that article would help me decide whether I should or not buy the album. This looks more like gossip than anything else. where does it talk about the songs, the lyrics, the musical quality, etc… This is definitely a useless waste of ink and paper space. And by the way “There’s nothing especially interesting about that voice beyond its technical sophistication”; Mikael Wood obviously never heard Charice sing live or he needs to have his hearing checked (or maybe change the batteries in his hearing aid) as well as researching scientific musical vocal studies. And “any character is a product of inheritance, not invention”; where in the world did he get that from???

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  7. genesis says:
    i think mr mikael wood dont have the ear or maybe the expertise to analyze great music. he has the preconceived notion or idea about who the singer is basing on the looks,and especially the origin of the singer.he said theres nothing especially interesting about the voice.well Mr Wood i tend to disagree.if Mr David Foster who is genius,songwriter,producer for over thirty years,who are you to dis agree? you Sir is selective on whom you give good grade.2 stars out of 4 give me a break.

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  8. Aleandra says:
    The phrase from above:
    “There’s nothing especially interesting about that voice beyond its technical sophistication; any character is a product of inheritance, not invention. But its strength lives up to that of her collaborators.”

    How mediocre this writer portrays Charice voice. He meant to say that Charice voice is not at all interesting, but because of the technical sophistication??? I don’t quite get it. He also says that the strength of the album is not because of Charice but to those Charice’s collaborators. IMPERTINENT WRITER!!! he certainly is not impressed of Charice, and I wanted to know why. Maybe because Charice is a “Filipina” and not an “American?”
    Prejudism and discrimination is still around us until these days. It may not be out in the open, but it’s “subtleness” is deep that it scary to think that most of us might sink in. Totally disgraceful article. My suggestion is, don’t read this articlen instead, remove it from Charice page. PEACE!

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    • Marco says:

      Unfortunately, as much as I love Charice, I have to agree with the writer. The songs mainly sounds like for kids for my taste although they are nice. After hearing Charice sing more powerful ballads than these songs, these songs does seem a bit of a downgrade. Except for In This Song and one or two, the rest are so-so. Her deep voice is not explored so much in many of the songs but rather the more “screamy” part of her belting, which is nice but not as nice as let’s say when she sings I will Always Love You which sounds more balanced between power and sweetness. Still, they are good songs and if they appeal to the kids, then that is good.

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  9. mingsfan says:
    This copy of the LA Times review omits the reviewer’s bottom line: two stars (out of four).

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    • oslo 1000 says:

      Los Angeles Times has a man like Mr. Mikael Woods ? Surprising. I believe the critic just woke up and wrote.Unfortunately,
      did not do his homework.

      I hope he is not a racist. He has always been good to the fair skinned. African- Americans have sufferrred too in his reviews.

      TO SETTLE THE ISSUE OUR GROUP CALLS MR. WOODS TO ACCESS
      ” YOU TUBE “ONE MOMENT IN TIME LIVE ASAP ”
      I HOPE HE REDEEMS HIMSELF.

      LOS ANGELES TIMES HAS DONE ITSELF A DISFAVOR BY RETAINING A MAN LIKE THIS….TOTALLY DITACHED AND A DISGRACE TO A RESPECTED PAPER.

      THERE. I JUST ARTICULATED THE OPINIONS OF OUR SATURDAY CLUB. SOME HAVE ASKED IF HE HAS EARS AND QUALIFIED TO do the JOB BUT I WILL NO LONGER GO INTO THAT. CONVOLUTED SPEECH WHICH WE CAN NOT UNDERSTAND….. SO SIMPLE , JUST SAY THE GIRL DOES NOT MEASURE UP… UNFORTUNATELY AGAIN , YOU FORGOT TO CRITIQUE THE SONGS AND WROTE
      A FAIRY TALE.

      This man is better than Oprah, David Foster , Ellen, Celine , Heather Headley and Bocelli .. Mannnnnn !

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  10. trabihcra says:
    My comments are posted in this LA Times Music Blog by Mr. Wood.

    As for me, this album should be rated four stars! But the review is looked at as neutral…but with good aknowledgement of Charice talent and potentials. Consider this as a positive, as @marie suggested!

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  11. marie says:
    The author should listen to Charice live, but this review was both negative and positive. Wood recognizes that Charice has the voice saying that, “honest showcase of the singer’s voice, with relatively uncluttered arrangements and limited vocal processing.” Yet he also encourages her to find her own groove, so to speak, separate to those that her song writers have given her through their songs. Wood knows she has potential and perhaps is looking forward to hearing more of her maturing work into the future =). Charice was reviewed by a historically major newspaper in Los Angeles that has been a voice of California since the late 1800′s ~ that’s a positive in itself!!

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  12. luvkcha09 says:
    There isn’t any other singer right now or since that can transcend the 8-88 yrs old bracket but CHARICE. Listen to this debut album and you will get proof. Better yet go and see her perform live if you don’t come out “Chaster-ized”.
    David Foster is brilliant. Maybe the second album will be focused more on the classics, like what Michael Buble did with the “rat Pack” music – a total revival with Buble personality. There is a gap in the music industry right now and Charice can step in this big hole and fill it quite easily. There are far too many “pop artists ” out there – she doesn’t need to compete with them. The market of 25 to 88 is open wide – please revive the classic music of the 50-80′s era. Charice can do it.

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  13. James Sword says:

    Mr. Woods have not heard of Charice LIVE! David needs to send him a ticket next time they have David Foster and Friends in Universal’s so that he can hear her live and maybe his “VOICE PROCESSED” accusation will change.

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  14. artemis gibran says:
    CHARICE is undoubtedly the BEST FEMALE VOCALIST in the WORLD today… and one of the THE BEST LIVE PERFORMERS of ALL TIME.

    It doesn’t take a GENIUS to know that!

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  15. hpj says:
    all i can say is mr. woods need to dig deeper on the artist so that he gets a better understanding of what he’s reviewing just like what the video blog reviewer did.

    He’s one of those guys who believe that everyone’s voice are technically processed and that these impressive composers/backers are just covering up for what he sees as just a plain artist, no big deal, just hype, a dime in a dozen especially if she became popular in YT no big budgets for market awareness.

    Only time will tell when mr. woods becomes a convert. sometimes, these critics can be the most zealous of supporters when they see the light.

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  16. rico says:

    The author(mr. wood) of the above article is ignorant about the whole idea of the debut album. She’s a multifaceted singer/performer. We don’t need STYLE, we want JAM!

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  17. Larry Oliver says:

    I love you Charice…to the top baby…and btw…I dont like that article from LA Times….he dont know our Charice….

    “If “Charice” lacks any kind of stylistic focus, though, it also feels like an honest showcase of the singer’s voice, with relatively uncluttered arrangements and limited vocal processing. There’s nothing especially interesting about that voice beyond its technical sophistication; any character is a product of inheritance, not invention. But its strength lives up to that of her collaborators.”

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  18. admin says:

    Video Blog – Charice Album Review

    by scproducer, visit his YouTube channel >>> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kA2btnc69rs

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  19. luvkcha09 says:
    If you are working with a Voice like Charice – you don’t need to “process her vocals”, just present it as it is. Doesn’t need much background either – she just needs to sing – her voice does the work.
    My children and I love this album.

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    • Von Al says:
      I’m one of those who believe in Charice but not really a very die hard fan, but I love Charice too especially her voice. For me this reivew is a very very nice one. You did a good research before making this review. 100x Thumbs up from me. I recommend this video blog to everyone who is curious about Charice’s album. Nice work from this video blogger.

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      • oslo 1000 says:
        Mr. Wood simply is in the minority. The objective of the album tells it all, sight Mr. Foster.

        In the last 2 years , Charice have performed and conquered the 30-80 age bracket of the song market . These judging from thier response to the ” Queen Of Standing Ovations “. This market segment is hers for the taking.

        Mr. Foster wanted a singer that can transend the ages , and has taken aim at the 8-38 hence, the dominant ” PYRAMID ” and its slow, haunting additions..

        AS YOU WILL NOTE , It IS ALL ABOUT SELLING MORE RECORDS , and The TYPICAL AMERICAN BUSUNESS MODEL.

        MARKETING YOU CALL IT. The focus was not even hers !

        His comments are unfortunate.

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