Jolina Magdangal

Red Alert: All Hits Dance Remix - Klubber's Guidebook

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In 2001, Philippine singer Jolina Magdangal released her album Red Alert: All Hits Dance Remix, which presents remixed versions of songs she previously recorded. This album is very unexpected, as Magdangal is not at all identified with the club and techno scene. Her following has long been the teen crowd (she was in her early twenties at the time of this album's release), and her persona is that of a wholesome kid, sweet and innocent. Her previous studio album was 1999's On Memory Lane, on which she reached into the past and sang songs from the 1950s and early 1960s. A number of those songs appear on Red Alert, albeit in remixed form. For example, "Crying Time," the classic song heavily identified with Ray Charles, is here. The remixed version features very fast, exciting drum beats over which Magdangal sings the melody, much of which remains intact. Her singing is surrounded by the ebb and flow of techno-styled effects, including a segment of heavy bass and drums. All songs are presented in a fashion that keeps most of the melodies intact, although broken up at times and presented in interrupted sequence. On "Paper Roses," for example, the chorus doesn't come when expected, but instead after a fancy instrumental break. The album contains a new song, "Angel for Life," heard in both standard and remixed versions. Red Alert is surprisingly cohesive, exciting, and well-presented.

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