AfterImage Greatest Hits

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In 1996, Philippine label Dypro Records released AfterImage Greatest Hits, a compilation containing songs recorded by rock band AfterImage for the label before breaking up. The music of AfterImage is highly melodic, at times set amidst a hard rock ambience of gritty guitar and organ, or placed tenderly against soft, quiet instrumentation. However, the quiet songs have a tendency to sound too sweet, and some people might call these songs corny. Yet, AfterImage performs these corny songs with sincerity and much passion, and one can almost forgive the excessive sweetness.

Vocalist Wency Cornejo composes the bulk of AfterImage's music. For many people, Wency Cornejo is AfterImage. The album opens on one of AfterImage's most famous songs, "Hubang May Buhay" (While Still Alive), a soft, sensuous love song that features a tender, memorable melody sung with grace and passion by Cornejo. She composed this song, which is now regarded as a Philippine classic. "Only You" and "Forevermore," also composed by Wency Cornejo, are tender love songs, featuring vocals and quiet piano and acoustic guitar, without drums. These songs are decidedly saccharine, very sweet and tender. Group member Arnold Cabalza also wrote several sweet songs.

"Mangarap Ka" (You Dream), "Pagtawid" (Crossing), and "B A I (Sa Langit Ang Ating Tagpuan)" (B A I (In Heaven Where We Meet) are rockers, replete with reverb-edged guitar chords and gritty keyboards. The melodies lean toward pop. Many of AfterImage's rock songs feature gritty instrumentation and pop-styled melodies, and in that regard, the rock music of AfterImage is reminiscent of Bon Jovi or Firehouse. Bon Jovi and Firehouse, however, do not perform the same type of sweet, tender love songs that AfterImage often performs. "Without You" and "Defenseless," for example, feature Wency Cornejo singing a sweet melody set against a sparse instrumental backdrop.

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