Hunks

Hunks

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In 2001, Philippine male vocal group Hunks released Hunks. Hunks are five good-looking, muscular young men (i.e., hunks). In addition, Hunks member Diether Ocampo is a well-known screen personality, as is Carlos Agassi, who released a rap album, The Amir of Rap, in 2000. Most songs performed by Hunks are remakes of American and European tunes, including Queen's "We Will Rock You," Shaggy's "Angel," and a "Buttercup" medley that includes the Foundations' "Build Me Up, Buttercup," Toni Basil's "Mickey," and Naked Eyes' "There Is Always Something There to Remind Me." The album is recorded as though performed in a concert setting, and girls can be heard screaming; however, there is no mention in the credits as to where the concert took place, and the screaming sounds canned, as do some of Hunks' spiels. The album starts on an instrumental introduction that builds to a glitzy, show business-type of sound, spiked by searing electric guitar. The first song proper, "One Wild Night," continues the gaudiness. There is an element of theater to this album, and the group sounds at times like the campy Village People. To their credit, Hunks' energy is admirable, and they put much enthusiasm and effort into all the performances here. Unfortunately, Hunks don't sing very well, although some members sound better than others. For example, whoever is the dominant vocalist on the Philippine love song "Kahit Isang Saglit" (Even for One Moment) has a passable voice, but whoever is lead vocalist on "Hanging by a Moment" is simply terrible. When the group sings altogether for extended periods of time, as on "Buttercup," the result is embarrassing.

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