Ivy Violan

At the Movies

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In 2001, Philippine female singer Ivy Violan released At the Movies. The album is so titled because all 12 tracks are remakes of songs heard in movies, all foreign and mostly American. Ivy Violan instills an air of sophistication into all of the songs, and she approaches many of them with a delicate strength. Her singing is much better here than on her previous 1998 album, Hanggang Ngayon, where she sounded thin and often awful. Starting At the Movies is "Where Do I Begin" from the 1970 movie Love Story. Violan injects an introspective, jazz-inflected tone, sometimes singing behind or ahead of the beat. Her style seems reminiscent of Frank Sinatra here. At times, she also sings "blue notes," which is the note between two notes that can't be written on a musical scale. One of her best performances comes on "I Could Fall in Love Again," first sung by Selena. Violan often sings in a high register on At the Movies, often injecting a delicate strength. However, on "Someone Who Cares" and on the start of "I Believe I Can Fly," Ivy Violan sounds flat on some notes. She sings strong in the middle register as well. She gives "Layla" a jazzy ambience, singing blue notes and extending the melancholy, minor-key tone of the original. Perhaps her best performance comes on the Paul McCartney-penned "No More Lonely Nights," where her sophisticated interpretation bubbles with passion.

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