Carol Affection

Carol Affection

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In 1996, Philippine rock band Carol Affection released Carol Affection. The band's namesake is the lead female vocalist, Carol Bello. Carol Affection was released at a time when Alanis Morisette's 1995 debut album Jagged Little Pill was highly popular internationally, and the influence of Morisette is very much apparent here. Lead singer Carol Bello assumes the bold vocal posture of Morisette and often strikes a defiant, confident attitude, spewing out the lyrics to the opening song, "Darna" (no translation, person's name), and others. Carol Bello's voice has much charisma and adds much power to the songs.

An incisive, penetrating ballad such as "Midlife Crisis" instantly reminds one of Alanis Morisette's music. On the lyrics to "Midlife Crisis," Bello puts herself through a contemplative self-examination, and her voice is alternately edged with bitterness, hope, and wonderment. "Escape" features tender, serene instrumentation and singing, but the self-questioning and eternal search for truth is just as evident. Though Morissette's influence is strong on this album, Carol Affection is not a shameless imitator, and the band also forges its own meaningful musical path and identity. This album has musical diversity, and "Babaing Bayani" (A Female Hero) is edged with an ethnic tinge, while the cacophonous "Stage Dive" features rambunctious electric guitar. The quiet melody to "Beth at Vangie" is simply beautiful. Carol Affection is a fine, penetrating album, and the album deserves far more attention, as well as sales, than it received.

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