Fredric Herrera

Fredric Herrera

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In 2000, Philippine male singer Fredric Herrera released his self-titled album. The music is mostly easy listening, smooth and soothing, but some songs have more substance than the standard music of this style heard here, as in "Just Call Me Later" and "Nasa Iyo Na" ("It's Already With You"). As heard on these songs, several arrangements also utilize a dance beat over which Fredric Herrera performs a mellow love song. These songs could easily have a simple arrangement, but the artist and producer opted to make things more exciting by adding a dance backbeat. One of those songs, "Nasa Iyo Na," features a standout melody and might interest someone like American crooner Matt Monroe to sing it, but without the dance backbeat heard here. Another dance-inflected tune, "Paulit-Ulit Na Lang" ("It's Always Repeated"), contains a spirited, upbeat melody. Most other songs, however, are tender love songs performed in a mellow manner. The opening "Ako Na Lang Ang Lalayo" ("I'll Be the One to Go Away"), for example, is an easy listening love song performed with much passion by Fredric Herrera. He also performs a fine version of Bread's "Everything I Own," as though happy to be singing such a good song. On the whole, though, Fredric Herrera possesses an uninspired voice, and sings off-key on "Just Call Me Later." Actually, it's puzzling as to how he got a record contract. Yet, he has skill as a songwriter (he wrote eight of the album's ten songs, and co-wrote one other) and he has some charm.

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