Rocky Lazatin

Kailan Mo Ako Mamahalin?

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In 2001, Philippine male singer Rocky Lazatin released Kailan Mo Ako Mamahalin? (When Are You Going to Love Me). All 14 of the album's tracks are slow easy listening love songs, a popular style in the Philippines, but this doesn't offer much diversity. Rocky Lazatin has a better-than-average voice, although he could use more depth. Still, he always sings on key and puts much passion into his performances. The opening, "Kahit Limutin Mo" (Even if You Forget), borrows the guitar introduction to Bryan Adams' "Please Forgive Me," but instead of launching into "Please Forgive Me," Rocky Lazatin sings a Philippine-style easy listening love song.

Rocky Lazatin also sings a version of John Lennon's "Jealous Guy," which is a very popular song in the Philippines. This song is much more substantive than the other songs here. This version, called "Nagseselos Lang Ako" (I'm Just Jealous), uses new lyrics written in Tagalog, the Philippines' national language. The song also contains some searing electric guitar lines, which intensify toward the song's end. Several other songs also use electric guitar, as though to give the easy listening songs some rock credibility, including "Kahit Limutin Mo," "You and I Should Be Forever," and "D'yahi Man Sa 'Yo" (Even if It Doesn't Look Good to You). Still, nothing can disguise the bland, easy listening nature of the songs. Many songs open on smooth keyboards before launching into the easy listening love song, a formula heard throughout the album. Many songs here sound derivative, as though they've been heard many times before on other Philippine easy listening albums. Nonetheless, "You and I Should Be Forever" and "Iaalay Sa Iyo" (Offer to You) offer nice moments. Overall, though, this is an undistinguished album.

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