Karen Villar

Akin Na Sana

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In 2000, Philippine female artist Karen Villar released her debut album, Akin Na Sana (I Thought It's Mine). The album is dominated by passionate, easy listening love songs. Nine of the album's ten songs are slow, which doesn't provide for much diversity. The album's one fast song is the Latin-styled "Sumayaw, Humataw" (Dance, Start). When this album was released in 2000, upbeat Latin music had gained a following in the Philippines due to the impact of female Mexican singer and actress Thalia. Thalia's soap opera Rosalinda was widely watched in the Philippines in 2000, and its theme song, "Rosalinda," was a major radio hit.

Karen Villar is also a sexy film star and has embarked on a singing career with this album. She isn't a diva, but she has more talent and ability than a significant number of singers, both male and female, who record albums in the Philippines. With the right song, she could become a star.

Whether or not this album has the right song is difficult to tell. The melodramatic "Sino Ba Siya" has promise, however. The lyrics of "Sino Ba Siya" (Who Is She) tell of a woman's broken heart after her boyfriend leaves her. The album's only song that isn't about love is also the album's one upbeat song, the Latin-styled "Sumayaw, Humataw." The song tells about dancing along to this "kind of music." Karen Villar might be a star one day.

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