Monday, February 15, 2016

Charice-Charice [Deluxe Version] (2010)

ORIGINAL POSTING DATE: February 15, 2016

She might not be the reigning queen yet, but this next singer to get some of the "Music Spectrum" spotlight is definitely a supreme queen in the makings! It was a few years ago while I was watching an episode of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" when I first had the pleasure of being blown away by the explosively powerful voice of Filipino singer Charice Pempengco. I remember she'd performed two songs towards the end of the episode—one of them a show-stopping, bring-the-house-down rendition of Jennifer Holliday's "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going", which had the entire audience, plus host Ellen DeGeneres herself (including me, yours truly!) marveling in amazement! A young girl with such vocal talent totally deserves to be the pop star that she's turned out to be, and her music deserves to be listened to by the masses near and far! For the past couple of weeks, I've been on a major Charice kick, reaching the peak of my addicting cycle when I decided to treat myself to her self-titled second album. I've never had the chance to visit the pyramids over in Cairo, Egypt, bit this album's dynamite kickoff track is one "Pyramid" that is worth revisiting over and over! I love the poetic meaning behind the lyrics that speak about building a solid foundation of love from the ground up; once I got that down my first couple of times through, the beats pretty much just took over after that! Yep—"Pyramid" has become an addiction, too, and it won't be too long before I go seeking the dance remixes of it that I know are out there. But before I embark on that side adventure, I might have to check to see if there are any alternate mixes of this album's fourth track, "Nobody's Singin' To Me", because this one is singin' all the right notes for me! I love the lyrics for this one, too—a powerful ballad of self-searching metaphors where the radio provides the comforting music to fill the empty void of pain. Charice is a joy to hear all throughout, but when she sings 'so I turn the radio up, looking for a melody 'cause nobody's singin' to me', it touched me and moved me in a special way. So much so, that I can recall all the recent trips I've had in my car with this song playing on my stereo where I ended up hitting the replay button more times than I can count to the point it would be the ONLY song getting played for the whole duration of the ride! Another one I love where I have to turn the radio volume up is the gem called "Note To God". Always a fan of these majestically-produced performances with the backing choir, but it begins so innocently as a soft piano piece before the song—and Charice herself—explodes to life and her requests for faith, love and life's various intangibles are vocally delivered to Our Creator. There's a bunch of other jams that are gradually on the rise to becoming pop addictions themselves, and one of them is Track #2's "Reset". Yeah—I'm pretty sure I'll be hitting the 'reset' button a few more times with this one, alright. I praise the production for putting the fun beats to this one together; really, the whole song is just fun and 100% hip—Charice's own way of building that pyramid of love back up after it's crumbled down to the ground:

1. Pyramid (feat. Iyaz)
2. Reset
3. In This Song
4. Nobody's Singin' To Me
5. Thank You
6. I Love You
7. In Love So Deep
8. All That I Need To Survive
9. Nothing
10. The Truth Is
11. I Did It For You
12. Note To God
13. Breathe You Out
14. Are We Over?

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