Ridge

Ridge

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Philippine male group Ridge released their self-titled album in 1998. The group comprises six members, which include a vocalist/guitarist, vocalist/percussionist, bassist/backup vocalist, lead guitarist/backup vocalist, drummer, and keyboardist. The members of Ridge are all in their teen years. Despite being so young, the group writes much of its own material, with keyboardist Karl Cruz assuming a large role here, having composed four songs by himself and co-writing four others (the album has 12 songs). The album also includes remakes of two famous international songs, Bread's "Everything I Own" and the Dave Clark Five's "Because." Many of the songs have a pop-sounding, show tune ambience, as though suitable for a vaudeville show or a Miss America pageant, as heard on, "Aliw" (Make Someone Feel Better), "2 Night," "Kaibigan" (Friend), "Ayaw Maligaw," and "Tina"; the latter contains military-like drumming and fanciful horn riffs. These songs may be pleasant, but they lack substance. Unless there is a particular reason (such as writing an album review), there isn't a compelling reason to hear these songs again. "Lambing" (Being Sweet), is an easygoing, mellow outing and contains an engaging hook in the chorus, and it is one of the album's better songs. "Bahala Ka" (It's Up to You) is influenced by reggae, but the song itself doesn't offer much substance. Ridge's rendition of the two international remakes are very good, as are most international remakes performed in the Philippines. Ridge has promise, but needs better, more challenging material, as the songs on Ridge are lightweight.

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