AfterImage

Afterimage Lites

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AfterImage's 1995 album AfterImage Lites contains pared-down, acoustic versions of previously released songs. Seven of the album's ten songs were first released on AfterImage's 1994 album, Tag Ulan, Tag Araw (Rainy Day and Sunday). Both the acoustic guitar and piano are featured on AfterImage Lites.

On previous AfterImage albums, its hard rock music has featured pop-influenced melodies, comparable to the style of Bon Jovi and Firehouse. In the stripped-down versions here of the original hard rock songs, the pop aspect is brought to the fore, as heard on the acoustic version of the previously hard rock "Mangarap Ka" (Dream On).

AfterImage is also known for its tender ballads, many of which are reminiscent of American crooner Barry Manilow. The ballads in their original versions are mostly acoustic styled to begin with (based on acoustic guitar or piano), and the acoustic versions on AfterImage Lites allows the band to perform different interpretations.

A standout song here is "Habang May Buhay" (While I'm Alive), which was a standout ballad on the band's 1994 album, Tag Ulan, Tag Araw. The new version is heard amidst pretty acoustic guitar, laced by a pretty string section (presumably played on synthesizer).

Another fine song is "Next in Line," which features a strong, memorable melody. Many songs on AfterImage Lites are piano based and are mellow, Barry Manilow-styled songs, including "Only You," "Without You," "Defenseless," and "Forevermore." "Tag-Ulan" begins acoustically, in accordance with the theme of the album, but then turns hard rock.

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