Various Artists

Replay

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Replay contains songs recorded in the 1990s by various artists for Viva Records, a Philippine independent label. In addition, the songs are all remakes of Western tunes that were popular years earlier. Included is a sweeping performance of "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me," sung here by local female singer Lani Misalucha. The original version was sung in the 1960s by Dusty Springfield. While it can be a waste of time for Philippine artists to continually remake American songs (thereby neglecting their own Philippine songs), this remake is truly inspiring and an international audience would appreciate it as well. Another fine performance comes from Regine Velasquez and her rendition of "Ebb Tide," which is sophisticated, sensuous, and very impressive. Other songs include remakes of Rod Stewart's "I Don't Wanna Talk About It," Billy Joel's "Honesty," and David Pomeranz's "Could It Be Magic," among others. Considering the quality of the songwriting, it is appropriate that there isn't a bad song on this album.