Ina Raymundo

Touch Me Where It's Hot

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In 2001, Philippine female singer Ina Raymundo released her debut album, Touch Me Where It's Hot. Ina Raymundo is better-known as an actress who plays sexy roles, and it's possible she got a record contract because of her screen popularity and her good looks. It can't be because of her singing, which is weak. She sounds better on some songs than on others, but on some songs she sounds simply terrible, as heard on her dismal performance of Barbra Streisand's "Evergreen," which makes a person cringe to hear it.

On the other hand, she sounds passable on the opening "Touch Me Where It's Hot," an upbeat dance number which has a catchy melody and is difficult to ruin. At this point, a listener gets the feeling that Ina Raymundo might be able to make a good album. The album has ten songs, consisting of two upbeat, dance-inflected songs and eight ballads, some of which sound modern and some which are Filipino easy listening love songs. The double entendre inherent in the song title "Touch Me Where It's Hot" is something one might expect from an Ina Raymundo album, as she is well-known for her sexy roles in films. She also sounds passable, if a bit shaky, on the ballad "Bakit Ganito, Bakit Ba Ganyan" (Why Is It Like This, Why Is It Like That) and a few other songs. However, on the ballads "In My Heart," "Certain Sadness," and "Evergreen" (the latter is sung in ballad form over a bouncy backbeat), her singing is weaker than usual and often off-key, and one can't imagine why the songs were released in that form without a retake.

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