Ariel Rivera

Photograph

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In 1995, one of the Philippines' top-selling male singers, Ariel Rivera, released Photograph. The album is dominated by easy listening love songs. Seven of the album's ten songs are slow, while two are moderately paced, and only one is upbeat. On 1991's Ariel Rivera, his voice was strong, passionate, and full of depth. His voice remains passionate on Photograph, but he often sings in a higher register, and he sounds a bit thinner than before. His voice is still pleasant and charming, but not as forceful as before. The material on Photograph isn't very substantive -- certainly not as substantive as the material on 1991's Ariel Rivera. Nonetheless, the type of inconsequential love songs heard here command a large following in the Philippines. It's doubtful, however, that these songs would attract much notice outside of the country. The album opens on the smooth, easy listening "Photograph," which contains a slow, simple melody. An uncredited female singer provides nice harmony. "Narito Ako" (I Am Here) is also slow and contains a simple melody; the same can be said for most songs here. The moderately paced "Minamahal Pala Kita" (I Realize I Love You) features rhythmic guitar tinged by bossa nova, and the melody is smooth and easy. "Sana Ay Ulitin Natin" (Hope We Do It Again) is the album's only upbeat song. The instrumentation throughout the album is first-rate, although not very challenging. "Ano'ng Nangyari" (What Happened), however, contains a searing electric guitar line. Photograph is an inconsequential album, though performed competently by Ariel Rivera.

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