Renz Verano

Mula Noon, Hanggang Ngayon

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In 1998, Philippine male singer Renz Verano released his second album, Mula Noon, Hanggang Ngayon (Ever Since Before Up to Now). His first album, 1997's Renz Verano, contained all ballads and included a number of remakes of international hits featuring new lyrics written in Tagalog, the Philippines' national language.

The new album also follows this formula. Remakes are "How Do I Live," hits for both LeAnn Rimes and Trisha Yearwood, "Nothing to Lose," and Air Supply's "Here I Am." Six of the first album's ten songs were adaptations of foreign hits, while three songs are adaptations.

Verano has an excellent voice, full of depth and pleasingly gritty as well. His voice and style are well-suited to the material here, and he is poised and confident. On the first album, his talent made the album worthwhile.

This time, however, while Verano's talent still shines, the album doesn't have the same magic. The ballads tend to sound alike, and it's hard to tell them apart. In addition, aside from the beautiful "How Do I Live," the choice of international material isn't as strong as before.

The Philippine-composed ballads would fare better if the album had some upbeat numbers to break the monotony, as evidenced by how a fine Philippine ballad such as "You and I" gets buried here.

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