Marites Merida

Iba Ka Sa Iba

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Marites Merida's 1998 easy listening album Iba Ka Sa Iba (You Are Different From the Others) contains a number of nice songs. The opening love song "Alam Kong Ikaw Na" (I Know It's You) starts things on a pleasant note and is made more charming by Marites Merida's attractive singing, which has a slight huskiness to it. Many local love songs tend to sound alike, as though cut from the same easy listening mode, but the songs on Iba Ka Sa Iba mostly manage to avoid this pitfall. For example, "Bulong Ng Puso" (Whisper of the Heart) is made distinctive by a palpable sense of drama, further heightened by a chorus sung in a mournful minor key.

"To Mend My Broken Heart" is a fine middle-of-the-road love song on which Marites Merida invests much heartfelt sincerity. The album's only upbeat number is the closing "Ikinakaila-Pakali-Kaliwa" (Try to Deny the Other Side), on which Marites Merida appears to be having a good time, and it seems she could easily sing more upbeat tunes if given the chance. This album has a number of good things going for it.