Paco Arespacochaga

Rebirth

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In 2000, Philippine male singer Paco Arespacochaga (born Enrico Arespacochaga) released Rebirth. Paco Arespacochaga was a former member of local pop/rock group the Introvoys, and composed and sang that group's most popular hit, "Line to Heaven," from the 1994 album of the same name. The sound of Rebirth is somewhat similar to the sound of the Introvoys. As with the Introvoys, several songs on Rebirth feature light, pop-styled melodies imbedded in rambunctious rock arrangements, similar in tone to Bon Jovi or Firehouse. "Ikaw Lang" (Only You), for example, features a spirited pop melody rimmed by searing electric guitar fills and chords.

Also like the Introvoys, Rebirth contains mellow pop songs and easy listening tunes. "Di Na Ko Aasa Pa" (I Will Not Count on You Anymore) is tuneful pop while "For the Peace" and "Love the Earth" are easy listening songs. Perhaps not unexpectedly, Paco Arespacochaga performs a remake of the aforementioned popular Introvoys song, "Line to Heaven," which he composed. This version is slower than the original and contains a syncopated backbeat. The original version is best. A number of songs would sound better if Paco Arespacochaga had a stronger voice. "Wild Heaven," for example, which contains funky guitar riffs, is plagued by weak singing.

The Introvoys, which still function as a unit, join Paco Arespacochaga on a remake of a popular Introvoys song, "I Will Survive." Philippine female singer Geneva Cruz joins Paco Arespacochaga on "In the Rain," a middle-of-the-road love song. Rebirth contains some interesting moments, but overall the album is spotty and lackluster.

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