Pinky Fernandez

Ipasok Mo

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Ipasok Mo (You Put Inside), Pinky Fernandez's 2001 release, is dominated by passionate, easy listening love songs, a style of music quite popular in the Philippines. Five of the album's ten songs are Philippine compositions, while the other five are remakes of international songs, including Dusty Springfield's "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me," the Platters' "Only You," and Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive." The title song opens the album and features a Philippine folk-styled ambience. The melody is sung in a minor key, which reaches a sunny consonance in a major key. Two Philippine songs have naughty, double entendre titles, including the title song, "You Put Inside and "Don't Pull It Right Away." The lyrics to these songs, however, are harmless and forego the double entendre. Pinky Fernandez performs these songs competently, with a hint of a rasp to her voice. However, she doesn't sound good on "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me," the first international song on the album. Her voice lacks depth and her presentation is awkward. Her attempt to soar towards song's end badly misfires. She has trouble handling all five of the international remakes. Her performance of the upbeat "I Love the Nightlife" is ungainly, and she makes a mess of Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive." The foreign songs are more challenging to Pinky Fernandez than are the Philippine easy listening love songs, and she lacks the skill to meet the challenge. The latter songs, on the other hand, are easy to sing, and Pinky Fernandez performs them competently.

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