Kay Sarap

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In 1994, Philippine rock band the Boss released Kay Sarap (Feels Good). The music is rock-based, but encompasses various styles, including blues, pop, and power-rock balladry. The title song begins on an appealing chord progression played by spirited acoustic guitar and punctuated by engaging horn fills (presumably played on synthesizer). The melody and chorus are pop-inspired; the horn punctuations evolve into a soulful evocation reminiscent of the Memphis Horns that graced the legendary 1960s Stax/Volt records. "Para Sa 'Yo" ("It's for You") is folk-tinged, seemingly inspired by the folk-rock of seminal Philippine singer/songwriter Freddie Aguilar, and it features a gritty saxophone solo. "Love Is All There Is" is a pop-metal power ballad with a decidedly Bon Jovi ambience to it, highly reminiscent of that band's "I'll Be There for You."

The Boss consists of seven members, all of whom are capable lead vocalists. The vocal harmonies are often attractive and add to the album's overall positive tone. The musicianship is also first-rate, as heard in the powerful guitar solo that graces "Oo Na, Sige Na" ("Yes, Ok"). "Boss (Bawat Oras Sama Sama)" ("Boss [Every Time All Together]) also features gritty guitar work as well as a funky rap midway through. Several songs are blues-inspired, including "So Close to Me," "Gising Na" ("You Wake"), with its blues-rock guitar and harmonica, and the blues/gospel-tinged "This Time." Kay Sarap is a well-made, enjoyable album.