Rayyn

Rayyn

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Philippine artist Rayyn's eponymous 2000 release contains 16 tracks, all of which have a pensive, contemplative tone that is almost new age in nature. Many songs raise the listener's interest, but the album would be easier to enjoy if it were shorter by five or six tracks. The introspective "Solitary" is a standout number, and contains a serene, meditative melody that warms its way into the listener's memory. The fine "I Will Be" is another contemplative outing, sung with controlled passion by Rayyn. The music on Rayyn features mostly gentle acoustic guitar and tranquil keyboards. Despite Rayyn's good intentions, the often slow, contemplative nature of the songs gets monotonous and redundant after a while. Songs such as "Simple Thing," "Day Like Today," and "Into Me," for example, could easily be cut. Nonetheless, Rayyn's sincerity is admirable. His lyrics often display admirable self-examination and insight: "Break the waves of introspection/All in itself a tragedy/The tides will come and go to wash away my sins/'Til all that's left is me" (from "Falling Down").