Judy Ann Santos

Bida Ng Buhay Ko

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In 2001, Philippine female singer Judy Ann Santos released Bida Ng Buhay Ko (Hero of My Life). Judy Ann Santos is a popular young film actress, and this must be the reason why she has a recording contract. It isn't because of her "singing," which ranges from bad to terrible. She "sings" in a low, whispery voice and hits many off-key notes throughout the album, which make a listener cringe. Her voice is often difficult to hear above the backing instrumentation, but at least this spares a listener from more misery. In the Philippines, a solo artists' popularity and good looks are very important, at times more important than talent. That's too bad, as Bida Ng Buhay Ko could have been a good album. The songwriting is charming, and much of it has a Connie Francis, 1950s/early-'60s-type ambience. For example, "Friend on the Radio" is a charming ditty and contains an innocent-sounding melody, although the song is ruined by off-key singing. Other songs with a 1950s ambience include "Hey Boy," "This Song's Dedicated to You," "Kahit Minsan May Tampuhan Okay Lang Bastat't May Suyuan" (Sometimes There Are Petty Quarrels, It's OK As Long As There's a Loving Reconciliation), "Shoo Bi Doo (I Love You)," and "Bida Ng Buhay Ko." One of the album's best songs is the innocent-sounding "Stop! Before You Break My Heart." Judy Ann Santos' singing is less weak than usual here, and the song's strong melody makes it a winner. Of course, it would sound better if someone else sang it. The production is strong throughout the album, but it really doesn't matter.

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