Ogie Alcasid

A Better Man

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Easy listening love songs are very popular in the Philippines, and local singer Ogie Alcasid sings plenty of them on 2001's A Better Man. In fact, all 12 of the album's songs are slow love songs. It is significant to note that Ogie Alcasid wrote all the songs, as it is rare for a Philippine solo artist to write his or her own material. That said, many songs on A Better Man sound cut from the same derivative mode heard in many other local easy listening albums. However, a listener comes to expect this from local easy listening albums, so it's no surprise. Some songs are better than others, and "Ikaw Lamang" (You're the Only One) is very pretty, and Ogie Alcasid sings it with much feeling and passion. His voice may not have a lot of depth, but he uses what he has to its best advantage, and he's able to impart much sincerity and emotion into his performances. One can tell that he takes his music seriously, and this raises the level of appreciation for a listener. Another nice song is "I'll Be Yours Forever," where he soars with zeal. Labelmate Regine Velasquez, the most popular female singer in the Philippines, joins him on "Hanggang Ngayon" (Up to Now). Ogie Alcasid produced the album along with then-Viva Records head of A&R, Rene Salta, one of the most knowledgeable figures in the Philippine music business.