Nelson del Castillo

In a Whole New Light

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In a Whole New Light, released in 2001, is possibly so titled because this is Nelson del Castillo's first album for Star Records, having earlier recorded several albums for BMG Records Philippines. It's been several years since this Philippine artist's last album. Nelson del Castillo has always sung easy listening love songs, and this release is no different. Eleven of the album's 12 tracks are songs of this nature. The one upbeat song is "Let Me Fly," which features a dance-inflected backbeat and has a tinge of Latin music to it. The chorus sounds like the chorus of the theme song from Fame. On many songs here, including "Starlight," "Sacrifice," and "Losing You," Nelson del Castillo sings in an uncomfortable high register, however, he sounds better in a middle register, as he demonstrates in "It's Time to Let You Go" and "My Old Guitar." Why he chose to sing so often in a high, unwieldy register is puzzling, and it often interferes with the song. The album's easy listening love songs, most of which were composed by the artist, often sound trite and melodramatic, and his strained vocals don't help matters. The lyrics, many of which were written by Lera Grace del Castillo, are predictable and a bit corny, as heard in "Losing You": "I can't understand/why you did this thing to me/you don't even bother/to see me once a week."

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