Hanna Villame

Hanna Villame

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In 2001, Philippine female singer Hanna Villame released her debut album, Hanna Villame. The album contains passionate, easy listening love songs, a style of music quite popular in the Philippines, and, in addition, the album also contains more substantive numbers. The album also contains remakes of two famous international numbers from the 1990s: Canadian Shania Twain's "You're Still the One" and Australian Natalie Imbruglia's "Torn." Villame's strong voice has depth, and she instills much passion into her performances. As expected, the easy listening numbers don't pose much of a challenge for her, and the real highlight comes on her fine handling of the adventurous numbers. One of the album's most satisfying numbers is the Philippine-composed and adventurous "Tao Rin Ay Ganito" (Even People Are Like This), which opens with Hanna Villame speaking (not singing) in a dramatic fashion. The song features unexpected musical twists and has a strong melody, and Villame handles it all with poise. She also handles the remake of Natalie Imbruglia's "Torn" with confidence, and sparkles on Shania Twain's "You're Still the One." "Masakit" (It Hurts) is a passionate, easy listening number, and begins in a minor key and works its way to a "sunny" major key. "Ako Ba O Siya" (Is It Me or She) and "Mahal Kita Kahit Ano Ka Pa" (I Love You Wherever You Are) are also easy listening songs. "Ayoko Na" (I Don't Like It Now) is a remake of a rock-inflected number composed by Mike Hanopol, while "Para Sa Iyo" reminds one of Philippine female pop/rock singer Mystica.

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