Cody Moreno

Cody Moreno

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In 2000, Philippine male singer Cody Moreno released his debut album, Cody Moreno. The album is dominated by middle-of-the-road/easy listening music, but much of it sounds modern due to the contemporary arrangements, as heard in the syncopated backdrop to "I've Been Waiting for You" and the Latin-inflected "You Can Never Make Me Go Away." The arrangement to the opening "Void in My Heart" is upbeat and adventurous, and features exotic guitar work. The song itself, though, has a middle-of-the-road ambience. There is, however, a major problem with this song and with a significant amount of the album: Cody Moreno can't sing very well. This is immediately noticeable on "Void in My Heart," where the inadequacy of the performance is almost unbelievable. His voice is often off-key here, and he strains in spots. His singing is better in other songs -- considerably so on several tracks -- though it never achieves a truly professional sound. "Void in My Heart" is Moreno's worst performance, and one wonders why this song starts the album. There is a saving grace to Moreno's singing, however, and that is he seems to know his limitations. He mostly stays within a comfortable singing range and doesn't try to show off. Still, since his range is limited, there is a tendency for him to strain. That said, his performance on the easy listening "Ikaw Pa Rin" (Still You) is very good, aside from some minor straining, and one wonders how he did it.

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