Freeverse

Alive

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In 2001, Philippine vocal group Freeverse released their second album, Alive. Although the album title infers that the album was recorded live in concert, it is actually a studio album and the opening song is called "Alive." The band's 1999 self-titled debut album had some diversity, containing -- along with easy listening songs -- an acid jazz number, a pop/rock tune, and a few upbeat numbers, but of the 12 songs on Alive, 11 are slow love songs, while one is moderately spirited. While the material and the performances on Alive are of high quality, the lack of diversity is telling, and it can seem to a listener that the album is one long love song. Nonetheless, taken individually, the songs offer something to appreciate. Seven of the album's 12 tracks are by Philippine composers, and five are by American composers, including David Pack and Al Jarreau. Freeverse's singing is soulful, as heard on "Alive," a pleasant, tuneful number. Various group members take turns singing lead, while the others provide succinct, tuneful harmony. "Maybe This Time" is another pleasant outing and almost sounds like an extension of "Alive." Side two of the cassette contains four compositions by American composers, including the ballads "After All" by Al Jarreau, J. Graydon, and David Foster, and "I'll Always Be There" by R. Pardini and L. Rich. Freeverse rises to the occasion, and the group's performance on the remakes is excellent, as it is throughout the album. Still, the album needs more diversity, as the slow love songs tend to blur into one another.

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