In 2001, Philippine singer Lally Santos released Sakali (If Ever). The album is dominated by easy listening love songs, which include four original Philippine compositions and six remakes of American tunes. Only one track is upbeat, a remake of "Give Me Just a Little More Time." The opening, "Sakali" (If Ever), is a pleasant, easy listening number composed by Vehnee Saturno, one of the Philippines' most respected music figures and the composer of many songs for a number of solo artists. Perhaps because he writes so many songs in so short a time, many of his compositions tend to sound derivative, and "Sakali" falls into that category. Santos' voice takes some getting used to, as it is a bit gruff and unpolished. Her performance on the Captain & Tennille's "Do That to Me One More Time," for example, is awkward in places. She sounds more confident on "Kung Bakit" (The Reason Why), although not all listeners will be comfortable with her style. Another easy listening song, "Ikaw Ang Dahilan" (You're the Reason), would sound better if someone with a smoother approach and better voice sang it. She tries to sound snazzy on the upbeat "Give Me Just a Little More Time," but her performance is mostly stilted. Her voice grates on the theatrical "What Good Is That Without You," where she is too gruff and doesn't sound natural. She also falls flat on the remake of the delicate "I Need to Be in Love." It's a puzzle as to why this album was made.
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AllMusic Review by David Gonzales