Bernardo Carpio

Mag Rak 'N'Rol Tayo

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In 2000, Philippine rock band Bernardo Carpio released Mag Rak 'N' Rol Tayo (Let's All Rock & Roll). The band's music features hard-edged guitar riffs and gritty chord progressions topped by sweet organ. The band's music is dominated by tight and masterful instrumentation, and the vocals are secondary. The songs' melodies consist of variations of a one-note melody line, though the choruses aim for more tunefulness. While the instrumentation is imaginative, stronger melodies would give the songs more distinction, as some songs blur into one another. The album needs more of the strong melodic motif as sung in "Katanyagan" (Famous). The opening song "Bungangera" (Big Mouth) immediately sets the pace and works off a hard-edged guitar riff, and the vocalist sings a forceful one-note melody line. The song changes tempo and slows into a dreamy, languid interlude before resuming its forceful pace. The organ shares an adventurous solo with the guitar. "Isang Awit" (One Song) is a quiet, tuneful rock ballad. "Ibang Klase Ka Din" (You're Different) contains fierce instrumentation, which includes strong, nimble bass playing. "Tugtugan" (Playing Music) and "Problema" (Problem) are rooted in Southern boogie. Much of Carpio's music is influenced by Led Zeppelin, as well as Deep Purple and Lynyrd Skynyrd. "Katanyagan" contains searing guitar lines that sound warm and tender. "Pangako" (Promise) features a tuneful, easy listening melody heard amidst gritty guitar and organ. The album is adventurous and has good moments in the instrumentation, but the songs need stronger melodies and choruses. The album becomes tiresome after awhile.

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