Bea Michelle

Bea Michelle

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In 2001, Philippine singer Bea Michelle released Bea Michelle. The singer is in her early teenage years, and her voice reflects this. Her repertoire, however, is mature and she can be considered a little girl singing grown-up songs. Her voice isn't special or much out of the ordinary, and one wonders why she got a contract. Although it's possible she may develop into an above-average singer, the odds are iffy. The album is dominated by easy listening love songs, a popular style of music in the Philippines, and there are also three upbeat dance numbers. The opening, "Kailan Mo Sasabihin" (When Are You Going to Say), is an upbeat, interesting song that Michelle handles with enthusiasm, her little-girl voice rising above the syncopated backbeat. The song has a strong chorus, but would sound better if someone with a stronger, more mature voice sang it. "Dear Diary" is another upbeat tune but, once again, it needs someone with a stronger voice. The album's easy listening numbers tend to sound derivative, a problem that plagues many Philippine easy listening albums. Also, whatever potential the easy listening songs might have is dissipated due to Michelle's thin voice, which also sounds off-key in parts of "Our Favorite Song." "Unang Pagkakataon" (First Chance) is the album's best easy listening song, although it still sounds a bit derivative. Nonetheless, the chorus is pleasant, and the song may get radio airplay. Once again, though, Michelle's voice lacks the strength to make the song reach its fullest potential. One wonders why this album was even made.

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