Franco Laurel

Franco Laurel

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Love songs are very popular in the Philippines, and love songs dominate male singer Franco Laurel's Franco Laurel. The album contains eight songs, but three of them are different versions of tunes already heard. Of the five songs proper, four are middle-of-the-road love songs, all of which are given sincere, passionate interpretations by Franco Laurel. The nice "Lihim Na Pagmamahal" (Secret Love) is backed by piano and other instruments, and there is another version featuring acoustic guitar and strings. Also heard is an upbeat dance tune called "Magsaya" (Be Happy), on which Franco Laurel acquits himself quite well. A remix of the same tune ends the album. Although many local love songs sound derivative, as though cut from the same mold, the songs on Franco Laurel, which are all composed by Philippine songwriters, are more distinctive and more modern as well. Franco Laurel is certainly qualified to bring out the best in a love song, as his voice is outstanding, very romantic, and full of depth. His vocal qualities are heard to good effect on, "Love Song," "Here I Am," and "I'll Follow Your Road."