Teresa Morales

Kumusta Ka

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Kumusta Ka (How Are You), the 2000 release by Teresa Morales, is dominated by middle of the road music, but also showcases substantive balladry and some upbeat numbers, including a spirited rock song. Significantly, the album's MOR songs have more substance than usually heard in the Philippines. The opening title track is a remake of a popular acoustic ballad first recorded in the 1970s by seminal Philippine singer/songwriter Freddie Aguilar, which was an international hit.

Teresa Morales' rendition is strong and passionate, and most worthy of being heard. Another fine ballad is "Muling Binuhay Mo" ("You Made Me Leave Again"), on which the artist imparts a delicate, intimate touch. The slow-paced "Huwag Kang Aamin" ("Don't Say Anything") also has substance, fortified by a beautiful instrumental line. The spirit of rock & roll comes alive in "Kwentong Rock'n'Roll" ("Rock'n'Roll Story"), a bouncy number which extols the virtues of the genre. The song comes as a surprise, as her image is that of an ingenue and not a rocker. Nonetheless, she handles the song well, and there are no more rockers on the album. The quality of Teresa Morales's vocals vary throughout the album. She is outstanding on "Kumusta Ka" and "Kwentong Rock'n'Roll" and handles "Muling Binuhay Mo" with confidence, but falters on the ballad "Only You Can Make Me Cry" and has a difficult time negotiating the spirited "Huwag Kang Aamin" and "It's Over." Nonetheless, the album is often charming.

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