Zsa Zsa Padilla


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Zsa Zsa Padilla's 1997 album Zsa Zsa sold well, helped by her remakes of several international songs, including Boz Scaggs' "We're All Alone" and David Soul's "Don't Give up on Us, Baby." In 1999, the Philippine singer released Sentiments.

Padilla again sings several remakes of international songs, including Simon and Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Trouble Water," a radio hit for Padilla, and James Taylor's "Shower the People." Padilla sounds more relaxed here than on her previous album where she sounded somewhat stiff.

Still, her voice doesn't fully compare to the natural vibrancy she showed on albums made between 1984 and 1990, before she left music to get married and have children with famous Philippine actor Dolphy. Sentiments is dominated by slow love songs, some easy listening, and some middle-of-the-road songs, but none are too exciting.

Twelve of the 14 songs on Sentiments are slow, while "Open" is somewhat faster, and only one song, "Shower the People," is (relatively) fast. Some slow love songs are fine, including, "Got to Let You Go," "Ayoko Na Sanang Maulit Pa" (trans: I Don't Want It to Happen Again), and the pleasing, "Just Tell Me You Love Me." However, these songs get buried amid the other love songs, and the preponderance of slow love songs makes for a rather boring listening experience. On a positive note, her rendition of "Bridge Over Troubled Water" is quite moving. One wonders if Padilla can handle the challenging, often upbeat material she performed on her albums between 1984 and 1990.