Tangerine

Tangerine

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Philippine female vocal group Tangerine comprises five members, none of whom play an instrument here. The group's vocals are smooth and blend well, though most of the lead vocals are handled by Arlene Salvado whose striking, soulful voice is the center upon which the other members add tasteful harmonies.

While the music on Tangerine, which was released in 1998, has a pleasant sound rooted in easy listening, some songs have more substance than others. "Huwag Na Huwag" (Don't Don't), for example, is suave and upbeat and features exciting call-and-response between lead singer Salvado and the backing singers. One of the more adventurous songs is the funky "What's That You're Doin'," which features daring instrumentation and soulful vocals by Salvado as well as a short rap. Significantly, songs on which Salvaldo doesn't sing lead vocals do not sound as good. "Sure" and "Your Love," for example, are marred by off-key vocals. Throughout the album, the vocals (background) are smooth and self-assured, but it is definitely Salvado who provides the glue that holds everything together.

While most songs here are meant to be pleasing without being too adventurous, "Bakit Siya Na" (Why Is It Her) combines the best of both worlds, as the song begins in a penetrating, soulful manner, worthy of Toni Braxton, then segues to a pleasant, easy listening chorus. "Whatcha Gonna Lose" and "Never Gonna Fall in Love Again" are interesting ballads.

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