Ariel Rivera

Greatest Hits

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In 2000, Philippine record label Musiko Records, a label of BMG Records Philippines, released Ariel Rivera Greatest Hits, a compilation of songs recorded by Philippine male singer Ariel Rivera. The album contains 14 tracks, two of which are new tunes. The other songs were popular radio hits. Ariel Rivera is one of the Philippines' best-selling artists, and he has a suave, silky voice. The album is dominated by easy listening and middle-of-the-road songs. There are a number of pleasant, tuneful songs, including the spirited "Mahal Na Mahal Kita" (I Love You So Much), which features a catchy, melodic chorus. The song is also one of the album's more modern-sounding tracks. Many of the album's songs have an old-fashioned ambience, in keeping with the easy listening sound. For example, the opening track, "Sana Kahit Minsan" (Hope Even Sometimes), is slow, simple, and soothing -- and also boring to those seeking more adventurous music. "Sa Aking Puso" (In My Heart) is also slow, simple, and soothing. One of the better tracks is the middle-of-the-road "A Smile in Your Heart," which contains a cheerful melody and a catchy chorus. Ariel Rivera has a strong voice, full of depth and passion, and he makes these songs sound better than they should. It would be interesting to hear him sing more challenging material.

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