Nonoy Zuniga

Pure and Golden Love Songs, Vol. 2

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A collection of songs recorded for local independent Dypro Records, 1997's Pure and Golden Love Songs Volume 2 is a collection of love songs, mellow and smooth, and Nonoy Zuniga's vocal style fits the mood well. Of the album's 14 songs, eight are remakes of American tunes. The opening "We Are Friends," a Philippine composition, sets the tone of the album immediately. The song is mellow and smooth, and Nonoy Zuniga's velvety voice fits the song like a glove. Nonoy Zuniga possesses a suave voice and has depth. One of the album's best songs is the beautiful and emotive "You'll Never Walk Alone," composed by Rodgers & Hammerstein. Nonoy Zuniga imparts much depth and emotion, and delivers a satisfying, heartfelt performance. He also performs a soaring remake of "Tonight," composed by Stephen Sondheim and Leonard Bernstein for West Side Story. He handles with finesse one of the album's more spirited numbers, the theatrical "You Don't Have to See Me," composed by Vehnee Saturno. The songs are enjoyable for those who want to listen to a never ending array of love songs, but can get weary for a listener who craves more diversity and more adventurism. Nonetheless, the album ends on a strong note, a fine rendition of Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World."

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