Mother Nature

Gintong Aral

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In 1998, Philippine pop/rock band Mother Nature released Gintong Aral (Golden Rule). The band comprises four members, which include a vocalist/rhythm guitarist, lead guitarist, bassist, and drummer. Mother Nature mostly sings tender love songs, but the accompaniment is rock-styled and often features reverb-tinged, jingle-jangle rhythm guitar. The opening song, "Dahil Sa 'Yo" ( Because of You), begins on pleasant, jingle-jangle rhythm guitar which leads into a spirited melodic line sung tenderly by the vocalist, who sings in an engaging high register. The backing vocals are pleasant as well, and the song contains a reverb-edged guitar solo. The lyrics are about love, which is also the subject matter for the following song, "Alaala Ka" (Remember You), which moves slowly and once again contains a nice melody. On "Para Sa Ating Bayan" (For Our Nation), the group sings about a different topic than love, and confronts the many problems facing the Philippines, which include dirty streets, poverty, and insurgency: "There is so much garbage in the street/Being thrown everywhere/Even though there is a place to put it/There are so many beggars in the street/For our land let's change/Let's stop the fight and war/Let's have peace." The tuneful "Please Don't Go" is an engaging number and grooves on a spirited forward momentum propelled by jingle-jangle rhythm guitar. "Bakit Nagkaganito" (Why Did I Turn Out Like This) starts on a blistering electric guitar line and also moves on spirited forward momentum, this time sparked by hard-edged guitar chords and spunky drumming. Mother Nature doesn't push boundaries but the band has a certain charm.

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