Martin Nievera

My Souvenirs

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One of the Philippines' most popular and best selling artists is male singer Martin Nievera. 2001's My Souvenirs collects 16 songs that he recorded on previous albums for PolyEast Records. All 16 of the album's songs are slow love songs. Smooth, easy listening, and middle-of-the-road ballads are very popular in the Philippines, and Martin Nievera has the style and substance to perform these songs with elegance and flair. He has an excellent voice, full of depth, and he sings with passion. A number of songs are remakes of Western hits, such as the silky "The Greatest Love Affair" and the potent "The Greatest Love of All," on which Martin Nievera soars. An album highlight is the penetrating "It's All Up to You," a duet with a female singer named Mikaila. According to the credits, the song was written by Norwegian composers and Mikaila's vocals were recorded in Norway. Martin Nievera's vocals were recorded in the Philippines. While this is a good album, it would be nice if a few upbeat songs were included to provide some diversity. Martin Nievera performs upbeat songs in concert and does them well.

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