Jessa Zaragoza

The Best of Jessa Zaragoza

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In 2000, Philippine record label OctoArts/EMI released The Best of Jessa Zaragoza, a compilation of songs recorded by Philippine female singer Jessa Zaragoza on three albums for the label. Her third album was released in 2000 after she signed with local independent Star Recording.

The Best of Jessa Zaragoza is dominated by slow, easy listening love songs. Only two of the album's 16 songs are upbeat, and the album sorely needs more upbeat numbers. The quality of songwriting for most of the easy listening songs is better than average, but without diversity the album gets tedious.

"Bakit Pa" (Why Is It), recorded in 1997, was Jessa Zaragoza's first radio hit. The song is slow and sensuous and contains a nice melodic chorus. The tuneful and moderately upbeat "Nang Makapiling Ka" (When We're Together) was another radio hit for Jessa Zaragoza.

Despite the massive popularity of these easy listening tunes in the Philippines, they probably wouldn't draw much attention outside the country. The album's best song is the slow and soulful "Just Can't Help Feelin'," which sounds more modern than most songs on this album.

The album's only fully upbeat song is a bouncy remake of "Loving You," a hit in 1975 for Minnie Riperton. She has one of the best voices in the Philippines, but she needs to diversify her material.

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