The Philippine music market never tires of love songs and never tires of American music. Put the two together and there's a good chance the music will sell in this country. In fact, the desire for Western love songs is such that the market will buy it even when sung by local singers. Such is the case on 1999's Recall by local male singer Dingdong Avanzado. The album is dominated by remakes of American love songs and also includes a few songs by local composers. There are some upbeat songs in addition to the middle-of-the-road love songs, but the mood of the album is definitely romantic. The album is boosted by the strength of the arrangements and by the fine, sensuous singing of Dingdong Avanzado. A number of songs feature the acoustic guitar, including "You Should Know By Now," composed by Earl Klugh; "Somebody," composed by M.L. Gore; and "Anything for You," composed by Gloria Estefan (who was born in Cuba and went to America). "I'll Be Over You" is performed in a gospel-inflected doo wop manner, and is the album's most adventurous song. The vocal arrangement is ingenuous and features an imaginative and thrilling blending of voices. The credits do not say if backup singers were used or if Dingdong Avanzado performed the backing vocals as well, but the result is impressive, regardless. Recall is a nice album, but, of course, it's also a bit sad that the Philippine market relies so much on American music, whether in its original form or remade by local musicians.
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