Pops Fernandez


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In 1999, Philippine female singer Pops Fernandez released Moments, her first album for Viva Music Group after recording two albums for Star Recording (she's also recorded for other labels). Fernandez's voice is somewhat thin and reedy, but she overcame this on her previous album, Nagmamahal Pa Rin Sa'Yo ("Still Loving You"), a fine achievement on which Fernandez's heartfelt emotion and sincerity made up for her lack of vocal strength -- almost magically so. On Moments, however, her voice once again sounds unpleasantly thin.

Moments is comprised entirely of remakes of international and Philippine songs, a trend many Philippine artists have followed with commercially successful results, particularly in the mid-to late 1990s. Fifteen of the album's 16 songs are MOR-styled ballads, and the tempo of the remaining song, "Just When I Needed You Most, is only a bit faster. The predominance of ballads makes for a boring listening experience, and Fernandez's thin voice only compounds the problem. The album includes such ballads as "After the Love Is Gone," "Where Is Love," and "Come What May," as well as two Philippine remakes, "Paano" ("How") and "Bakit Ngayon Ka Lang" ("Why Did You Only Come Now"). Fernandez sounds better on songs where she stays in the middle register, including "How Do You Keep the Music Playing" and "Bakit Ngayon Ka Lang Dumating." Still, it's puzzling how her voice sounds so much thinner here than on the fine Nagmamahal Pa Rin Sa'Yo. It appears she couldn't generate the same type of emotional power on these remakes.

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