Indio I

Indio I

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In 1997, Philippine reggae band Indio I released their debut album, Indio I. The music is patterned on reggae from Jamaica, the genre's birthplace, and doesn't add any Filipino flavoring, aside from some lyrics in Tagalog, the Philippines' national language. The opening track, "'S' on My Chest," is one of the album's better songs, featuring a strong melody set amid an intense, penetrating backdrop. The song is also made distinctive by the use of a string quartet, and vocalist Vic Facultad sings with an exaggerated grittiness, which works well here. He tones down the grittiness on the tender "Di Mo Lang Alam," but keeps it rough and tough on other songs that need a lighter approach, such as "Diwata" and "Earth to Man." The songs on Indio I often contain catchy melodies and choruses, including "Blue Magic T-Shirt," "Sexual Chocolate," and "Senseless." However, the music suffers from heavy-handed production; many of these songs would've benefited from a lighter, sprightlier approach. "Senseless," in particular, is a potential hit single, but the chorus gets bogged down in the production. This is an album with a lot of unrealized potential.