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CHARICE the new album Charice Pempengco
The long awaited debut album of Charice Pempengco is now finally published. Set aside the cover and naive attempts at emulation, the Filipino singer debuted yesterday on iTunes digital platform with a self-titled album, Charice, also published in a special deluxe edition. Charice who became known in Italy for its participation in the program Ti lascio una Canzone (I’ll leave you singing a song), today presented fourteen new songs, divided between light and heavy pop ballads, the same kind words with which it is made appreciated. Most skeptics will think now that it’s yet another teen idol, but Charice, despite her turning just eighteen years old, this work demonstrates to be an artist which is able to attract that young audience that has known her at the beginning on YouTube and win just as easily a wider audience that wants to emotions and not just click a video on the computer. Among the best tracks on the disc, the opening track, which is also the single launch, Pyramid, which sees the little Filipina singer duet with rapper Iyaz, and In this song, the first true ballad of the album. Remarkable also the song The Truth Is. Among the songs instead read to signal Nobody’s Singin ‘to me and I love you.
An album that will therefore not only the children will enjoy, always in search of novelty, but also music lovers along the lines of the great American performers like Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston, and those who were not yet convinced and at this time is twisting their nose, give her a little time. Moreover, Charice is very young.
source: translated from cosmomusic.myblog.it
Written by The IPS
Let me tell you, this girl’s voice is phenomenal. I’m not really loving her single Pyramid with Iyaz, but it’s a decent slice of pop. Voices like hers are hard to really make “poppy” and they did a decent job. A voice like her obviously is able to soar though and the below performance of In This Song shows that as well.
The expected big vocals appear on ballads like In This Song and All I Need to Survive. The album consists of many of songs which seem designed to show off Charice’s voice. However, Charice also embraces dance and R&B with lead single “Pyramid” featuring her lablemate and fellow chart topper, Iyaz. On Nothing Charice continues in this vein and successfully blends catchy and up-beat with the strength of her voice a la Christina Aguilera. But Charice is unique vocally, and her album is a testament to this that will garner her new fans and impress her loyal ones.
FAVORITES : Pyramid, In This Song, and Nothing
VERDICT: Charice sings “forever we will stay, like a pyramid” in “Pyramid” and we expect her to have the same solidarity in the music industry.
A Diva Review – Charice’s Debut Studio Album
I’ve mentioned her a few times, but Charice Pempengco’s (She’s just going by Charice) first major release album just came out. She’s had releases of her amateur performances, but this is her first studio record release, self titled Charice. She’s a massive YouTube star, as you can find out in droves if you just type her name in the YouTube search bar.
And there’s a good reason for her fame. She’s one of only a small handful of singers worldwide that has a 10 octave voice. What does that mean? It means that she can do things with her voice that almost no one else can do. She can hit high C sharp, and sing incredibly deep and loudly. A piano has as 7.5 octave range.
One of the only disappointing things about her first studio album is that she doesn’t use that voice as powerfully as she is able. In her YouTube and other earlier performances she really swings for the fences. She shows off that sheer power of her voice. In the album I think the goal was to assimilate her into American music styling so she can go mainstream. It does show great control, but doesn’t usually show off that incredible power, which is something I really loved about her. Nonetheless, the album is terrific. (Listening to it now. LOL)
Below are the songs and my impressions of them after several listens.
Pyramid – Performed with Iyaz, it is her first release. It’s a great song with a great message and a unique take. It’s already charted up to #2 on the US Dance Charts. I rate the song with an A. It would have been an A+ song for me except for the rap by Iyaz. Now as rap goes, he sounds pretty good. It’s just not my cup of tea.
Reset – This is a very original ballad about wanting to start again with a relationship that’s gone awry. It has very modern terminology and lingo. Its exactly the kind of song that I think Charice is born to sing, strong ballads with strong vocals. I give this song an A+ grade.
In This Song – This is a better than average ballad. I give it an A-.
Nobody’s Singin’ To Me – This is a great ballad about missing someone that was once the music to your life. I give it an A grade.
Thank You – This is another terrific ballad, if a little cliché. However, it’s got some AMAZING vocal runs in it. Another A grade song.
I Love You – This song has a catchy beat and is pretty different from the average I love you songs, being more about the regret that follows any heartbreak or relationship ending. This has radio potential because of the infectious beat and the hooks. Grade A.
In Love So Deep – Very catchy, another song with major radio potential. Another A.
All That I Need To Survive – This song starts a little slow, but it builds and builds to become absolutely fantastic. More terrific vocals, especially at the end. Still only an A- rating though.
Nothing – This is a good mid-tempo jam that has a lot of radio potential. I think the lyrics are something that everyone can relate to, which is always good. Another A- song.
The Truth Is – Now THIS is a power ballad. It’s a very relatable song about having to say I love you for the first time. A+ and then some.
I Did It For You – Another ballad here, fairly cliché again, about having done everything for the person you love; even when it was hurting them. A- grade.
Note To God – This is THE power ballad for the album. Written by the legendary Diane Warren, the lyrics are just absolutely… well… legendary. LOL The music is just so beautiful, haunting even, and I think it is vocally the most powerful song on the album. A+ grade, and then some.
So overall, I rank this album at an A. There were some A+ songs, but mostly A’s with only a few A minuses. Charice has been compared to Whitney, Mariah, Celine, etc… And she’s certainly got the goods for comparison, especially considering her age. Even so, she still sounds original enough to be her own artist. It’s been said that she’s an incredible mimic, and she’s proven that with her ‘too many to count’ YouTube performances. I think the purpose of this album was to show she could sound distinctive (she does) and yet sound similar enough to fit in to mainstream pop music (she should).
Charice is a rising star to watch, because she’s going to take the world by storm. Technically she already has… But she’s got soooo much further to go. She’s already been on Oprah, Ellen DeGeneres, and numerous other major exposures around the world. The girl can sing, that’s for damn sure. If you like good pop music, especially ballads, or just Divas in general; then you’ll like this album. Give it listen, I don’t think you’ll regret it.
by Robert A. McDowell
Video Blog – Charice Album Review
Here’s another album review by sdproducer. He thinks the songs: Reset, Nobody’s singing to me and In this song are potential singles or hits. Watch his previous Vlog about Charice.
sdproducer: It’s a solid first album… It’s exactly the kind of album that an eighteen year old should be making.
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