Various Artists

Jam: Himig Handog Sa Makabagong Kabataan

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In 2001, Philippine independent label Star Records released Jam -- Himig Handog Sa Makabagong Kabataan (Jam -- Hymn Dedicated to the New Generation), a collection of songs recorded by various artists, some of whom record for labels other than Star Records. Barbie's Cradle, for example, who performs "Someday," is signed to Warner Music Philippines. The tone of the album is positive and uplifting. For example, the gospel-tinged "You Can Make It Happen," performed by Philippine female singer Radha, has a sweeping, uplifting feel to it, as reflected in the lyrics: "So, you hold on to your dream/'Cause you can make it happen/You don't give up the fight/For a new day will dawn." The music on the album is more modern than often heard on Philippine albums, which are often easy listening. Jam contains a mixture of pop, urban, reggae, gospel, MOR, and show tunes -- sometimes separate, sometimes mixed together in one song. The one easy listening song is "Kahit Pilitin Pa" (Even if Forced), but even this has substance. The reggae-styled "K Naman" is interesting as well as disparate, and is performed by Philippine male artist Noel Cabangon, who has an excellent voice, and the group Ang Tropang Papuri. The melody is strong, and there is a show tune-type backing harmony and a show tune segment in the melody as well. The album's best song is "Someday," performed by Philippine acoustic rock group Barbie's Cradle, headed by vocalist/songwriter Barbie Almalbis. While "Someday" was composed by Jimmy Antiporda, Barbie Almalbis brings much depth and beauty to her interpretation of this exquisitely composed song.

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