Priscilla Almeda

Priscilla Almeda

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In 2001, Philippine female singer Priscilla Almeda released her debut album, Priscilla Almeda. The album contains seven Philippine-composed songs and three remakes of American hits. The Philippine-composed songs comprise easy listening love songs and two spirited tunes, while the American remakes are of pop tunes.

Priscilla Almeda is a popular actress and television personality who often plays sexy roles. She isn't known as a singer, but she actually shows potential on this album, and with more development she could become a decent singer. The opening easy listening "Ang Sarap Sarap" (Feels So Good) is rooted in a familiar-sounding melody, as are many Philippine easy listening love songs, but there is enough variation to make the song worthwhile. Priscilla Almeda sings in a low register and doesn't strain her abilities. She sounds fine, though, and doesn't embarrass herself. "'Di Ko Kaya" (I Can't Do It) and "Payag Na Payag" (I Very Much Agree) are derivative Philippine easy listening love songs, but at least Priscilla Almeda puts passion into her performances. One of the better songs is the upbeat "I Just Wanna Dance," on which Priscilla Almeda injects vibrancy into a strong melody. Another fine performance comes on the ballad "Mahal Kita" (I Love You), a candidate for radio airplay. As far as the American remakes are concerned, Priscilla Almeda does a fine job on Stephanie Mills' "Never Knew Love Like This Before." However, she sounds off-key and awkward on Jim Croce's "Photographs & Memories" and Glenn Frey's "The One You Love." These songs need retakes. Overall, though, Priscilla Almeda shows good instincts and might develop into a real singer.

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