Yam Ledesma

Yam Ledesma

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In 2001, Philippine female artist Yam Ledesma released Yam Ledesma. The album is dominated by easy listening love songs, a style of music quite popular in the Philippines. Of the album's 12 songs, eight are slow; two are moderately spirited, middle-of-the-road love songs; and two are upbeat dance songs. The songs sound derivative, as though heard before in other incantations on other Philippine easy listening albums. In addition, Yam Ledesma doesn't have a good singing voice, sounds weak, and often sings off-key. It is hard to understand how she got a record contract, unless it is because she is pretty. Her performance on ballads such as "Do You Miss Me Too" and "It's for Real" is simply terrible. Her voice wanders off-key and lacks focus and depth. The songwriting on the album, most of which is by Philippine songwriters, isn't of a high quality, and a number of songs sound derivative. One of the two upbeat songs is "Never Knew," which glides over a syncopated backbeat. This song, however, sounds very much like Stephanie Mills' "Never Knew Love Like This Before," although the authorship of "Never Knew" here is credited to a Philippine composer. One of the better ballads is "Sana Ay Sabihin Mo" (I Hope You Say), although it would sound better if someone else sang it. It might be a hit on Philippine radio, but not if Yam Ledesma sings it. The closing track, "Real Thing," is an upbeat dance number on which Yam Ledesma sounds weak.

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