AfterImage

Tag Ulan, Tag Araw

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AfterImage's sound encompasses rock-styled music with pop overtones, as well as soft, Barry Manilow-type music. The Philippine band is led by vocalist Wency Cornejo, who wrote eight of the album's nine songs and shares one songwriting credit. In 1994, they released Tag Ulan, Tag Araw (Rainy Day and Sunday).

In addition to the electric and acoustic guitar, the keyboards also play an important role in AfterImage's music, as heard in the imaginative keyboard riffs and fills throughout the album and in the piano-based "Slow," "Defenseless," and the version of "Habang May Buhay" (While I'm Alive).

The opening song, "Mangarap Ka" (You Dream), begins on riveting, hard-edged guitar chords, which sound almost metal. The song changes stylistic direction as vocalist Wency Cornejo sings a melodic, pop-influenced tune. The song and chorus are engaging and contain various imaginative parts. "Another Day" features a Yes-like ambience in its angular singing and contains a volatile mix of guitar and piano; the piano plays an interesting jazz-styled solo. "Habang May Buhay" (While I'm Alive) is a sweet, tender song and has a sensuous melody. "Habang May Buhay" became very famous and made household names of AterImage and vocalist Wency Cornejo. "Without You" is an inferior rewrite of "Habang May Buhay." "Slow" starts on a heavy metal ambience, as the guitar chords, thick and heavy, mow a hard-edged path. The ballad "Forever More" is maudlin and overwrought, while "Tag-Ulan" (Rainy Day) is too sweet. Not every song on Tag Ulan, Tag Araw is a winner, but the album overall has something to offer.

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