Gladys and the Boxers with K


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In 2001, Philippine group Gladys and the Boxers With K released GBWK. The group contains two female vocalists and a male vocalist. The sound of Gladys and the Boxers With K is dominated by a novelty ambience, exemplified by the album's opening track, "Ako'y Napapa-Uhh" (I Feel Like Uhh), which has a charming, dance-inflected tone, albeit performed in a novelty manner. Another novelty-styled song, "Sirang Plaka" (Broken Record), is also upbeat and reminds one of Aqua's late-'90s international hit "Barbie Girl." As with Aqua, Gladys and the Boxers With K wear bright colors and outlandish styles, as shown on the album cover photo, which shows the group wearing fancy medieval European clothes. The group also sings several remakes of American songs, performed in a more straightforward manner, including a remake of "Fallin'," composed by M. Hamlisch and C.B. Sager, called "Hulog" (Fall), and a remake of Minnie Riperton's 1975 hit "Loving You." While this version of "Loving You" has birds chirping, as heard in the original, also heard is the roar of an elephant. "Chenelin" is another bright and catchy novelty tune, and has a chorus that is easy to remember and sing along with. There are some straightforward Philippine-composed songs, and these include the powerful and elegant ballad "Kung Ayaw Mo Na" (If You Don't Like Anymore), and the even more powerful ballad "Hindi Kita Iniwan" (I Did Not Leave You), the album's best song. Despite the weird concoction, this album has a number of bright moments. Still, this album is weird.

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