In 1999, Philippine pop/rock artist Yman released Galactic Gimik, the follow-up to his debut, Popcycle, an acclaimed set that imaginatively encompassed a variety of musical styles, including rock, pop, surf, and punk, as well as dashes of classical and jazz. As before, the songs are linked by various sound effects, although this time the effects are "outer space" in nature (such as the sound of a spaceship in flight), in keeping with the "galactic" theme of the album. Unlike the previous album, however, the music doesn't traverse nearly as many musical styles, and is mostly light pop in nature. The album is dominated by slow-paced songs, several of which, including "Satellite," "U.F.O.," and the title track, come close to easy listening. Another slow-paced song, "Sa ‘Di Kalayuan" ("Far Away"), contains some dramatic moments in the chorus and some well-placed searing guitar fills, giving the song a more adventurous edge. "Bionic Man" is one of the album's few upbeat songs, and romps on a frolicsome chord progression. The song's chorus strives for immortality, but ultimately falls short of the required melodic punch. Actually, many of the songs are pleasing, but most lack the memorable melodies that made the first album so exciting. Galactic Gimik could also have benefited from more upbeat numbers. Yman obviously devoted much attention to this project -- as seen in the carefully executed arrangements, including the enticing, violin-like motif heard in "Bulalakaw" ("Falling Star) -- but the songs simply lack excitement.
Galactic Gimik Review
by David Gonzales