Ang Tunay Na

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Philippine rock band Amo starts their 1990 album, Ang Tunay Na, on a catchy new wave note, as "Kung Alam Mo Lang" (If You Only Know) and "Ang Tunay Na Amo" (The Real Master) move on a rollicking, pop-inflected new wave type of sound. The band switches gears on "Running Away," a ballad with a Michael McDonald type of sound. All of the songs mentioned are well performed and enjoyable, and the band has a cohesive sound. A song such as "He's Dangerous," however, is too slick and polished, in the mode of early Bon Jovi. The style of "Syota Ng Bayan" (Everybody's Girlfriend) is in a similar vein as "He's Dangerous." It should be pointed out, though, that these two songs, while a bit syrupy, have more depth than the easy listening love songs that dominate the Philippine music scene. The band applies a rockabilly touch to "Human Alligator," which sounds like something the Stray Cats might have done. The musicianship is very capable on this song and throughout the album as well. This album has a viable mix of substantive rock and slick throwaways, and has something to offer.