Fourmula One

Fourmula One

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In 1999, Philippine male vocal group Fourmula One released its debut album, Fourmula One. The music is mostly easy-listening tinged with rhythm & blues. Easy-listening music is highly popular in the Philippines, and Fourmula One doesn't stray much from that musical realm, but the soulfulness adds another dimension to the sound. Fourmula One takes its cue from another Philippine vocal group, Jeremiah, a pioneer of the smooth, soulful sound rooted in easy listening. Both Fourmula One and Jeremiah are considered "boy bands" in the Philippines, though their sound differs from the soulful pop of such international boy bands as Backstreet Boys and N'Sync. Most songs on Fourmula One are performed in a slow, sensuous manner, which works fine when taken one song at a time, but becomes boring and predictable when nearly every song is a ballad. There isn't much variation on the album, and some of the songs sound alike, cut from the same mold. Several songs, however, are a bit different, particularly "Only You," which is performed in an a cappella/doo wop manner. "Proud to Be Brown" is also adventurous, and works off a soulful, forward-moving rhythmic groove, anchored by a strong bassline.

"Kung Nandito Ka Lang" is one of the better songs rooted in easy listening, and has a catchy groove and is distinguished by fine harmony. Otherwise, most of Fourmula One works off a tedious, slow-moving formula.