Nonoy Zuniga


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In 2001, Philippine male singer Nonoy Zuniga released Impressions. All of the album's 12 songs are remakes of American songs, and include the Carpenters' "We've Only Just Begun," Michael Franks' "Lady Wants to Know," and Stevie Wonder's "You Are the Sunshine of My Life." Philippine singers often perform American or European songs on albums and in concert settings. The mood of the album is smooth and easy, and the songs are all well-known in the Philippines. An interesting aspect of the album is that all song's feature voice and acoustic guitar, along with bass, cello, and unobtrusive percussion on a number of songs. There are no drums or electric instruments. Ten of the album's 12 songs are slow. Nonoy Zuniga acquits himself well throughout the album, and his presentation is personable and enjoyable. The album opens on a remake of the Carpenters' "We've Only Just Begun," which features splendid acoustic guitar and nice cello playing. One of the best songs is the performance of Stevie Wonder's "You Are the Sunshine of My Life," which contains enticing, bossa nova-like acoustic guitar, and is initially performed at a much slower pace than the original, but soon enough the pace quickens. Nonoy Zuniga sounds happy to be singing such a good song. Also interesting is the remake of Stephen Stills' 1971 hit, ""Love the One You're With." The arrangement is similar to that of the original (though there are no drums here), and the song moves along in a spunky, enjoyable fashion. This album isn't adventurous, but there are enjoyable moments in an easy listening fashion. However, it doesn't take much creativity to remake American music all the time.

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