Sharon Cuneta

Nothing I Want More

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In 2001, Philippine female singer Sharon Cuneta released Nothing I Want More. The album consists of 13 love songs, 11 of which are remakes of Western tunes, including Barry Manilow's "Even Now," Toni Tennille's "Don't Forget Me," and Wham!'s "Careless Whisper." There are no upbeat songs on the album, and the lack of diversity poses a problem, especially toward the end of the album, when it gets almost too tedious to bear. The album starts on a nice enough note, however, with the pleasant, Philippine-composed "Nothing I Want More." Sharon Cuneta often sings in a high register on this song and elsewhere on the album, and she appears comfortable in that range, often imbuing a coy, innocent touch. She's also comfortable in the middle register. However, the songs do not reach their full potential, as it appears Sharon Cuneta is unable to find the right approach and delivery. Her voice could also use more strength and charisma. One problem is that her voice is often placed low in the mix, and the instruments overpower her singing, as heard on large parts of "Please Don't Ask Me," "Smile Again," "Maybe," and others. Her voice is given full rein on "Careless Whisper," and it's nice to hear, although her delivery could use more poise.

Even though the material is first-rate, there is a notable lack of excitement on this album. As track after slow track is heard, the album begins to sound like a long, drawn-out drone, especially toward the end. There is no magic to this album.

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