Albert Rey

Sikret

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Philippine audiences often buy local artists' albums that contain easy listening love songs or songs that have jokes or double entendres, often with sexual connotations. Local singer Albert Rey is aware of this, and his 2000 album, Sikret (Secret), touches many of these bases. While the songs are not sexual in nature, "Kamusta Ka na Ba Ngayon?" (How Are You Now?) does tell of a man who discusses shared memories with a woman, relating how as a boy he had noticed a stain on her pants and had realized the girl was now a woman. These somewhat questionable lyrics are sung with a rollicking, power pop ambience. "Lumang Pantalon" (Old Pants) is kind of silly, and tells of a guy's attachment to his old pants, even if they have ants that make him itch. While "Pasumpa-Sumpa" (You Even Swore It) has straightforward lyrics about love, it is sung in a campy manner. The melody, though not credited here, comes from "Historia de un Amor," sung by Mexican singer Ana Gabriel. The lyrics, which are new and written in Tagalog, the Philippines' national language, are credited to Rey. "'Di Na Muling Mag-Lisa" (Will Never Be Alone) and "Nagtataka" (Wondering) are beautiful, tender love songs, which Rey sings in a passionate and emotive voice. Albert Rey knows the Philippine market.