Jetto Aquino

Jetto Aquino

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Philippine male singer Jetto Aquino released his self-titled album in 1996. The music is smooth and mellow and features much acoustic guitar playing by Jetto Aquino and Sonny Nicolas, the latter of who also produced the album, arranged all songs, played keyboards, and sang backup vocals. Jetto Aquino isn't the greatest of singers, but he is certainly far from being the worst. His voice is more than adequate, and he displays depth and charm. Jetto Aquino is also a competent songwriter, and he composed all of the album's eight songs. The opener, "Ako Na Lang Sana" (I Hope It's Me), starts on an engaging acoustic guitar figure, paving the way for Jetto Aquino's mellow singing. The melody is pleasant and appealing, and has more substance than the bland easy listening music so often purveyed by Philippine solo artists. "Honestly" is another pleasant love song and contains an attractive horn line. "Hold Me" starts on fast, Spanish-tinged acoustic guitar playing. The song can be called Latin pop, and even such romantic Latin stars as Julio Iglesias and Luis Miguel would be comfortable singing it. Jetto Aquino does a fine job here as well. "Dahilan" (Reason) features the gentle, swaying rhythms of bossa nova. "Sabi Ko Sa Iyo" (I Told You) and the spirited "Umagang Pangarap" (Early Wish) are pleasant, acoustic-styled love songs, while the easy listening "Ikaw Pa Rin" contains a penetrating cello line. This album and Jetto Aquino deserved more attention.

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