Shampoo Ni Lola

Shampoo Ni Lola

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In 1996, Philippine rock band Shampoo Ni Lola ("Shampoo of My Grandmother") released its debut album, Shampoo Ni Lola. One of the best songs is the opening "Praning Na Si Roger," which features a distinctive, full-bodied melody brought to full bloom by the spirited rhythm guitar and the passionate, gritty vocals of Jun Mora. There is an unpolished, garage feel to the album, and several songs have a grunge aura about them, including the reverb-drenched "Asal Hudas" ("Like a Traitor"), "Ten Seconds," and the intense "Anino Sa Dilim" ("Shadow in the Dark"). As the album was made in the afterglow of the early-'90s Seattle grunge movement, the grunge influence here isn't so surprising. The spirited "Cute" also contains hard-edged guitar as well as varied tempo and style changes, while "Wasted Mushroom" has a blues tinge to it. Though vocalist Mora has a fine, emotive voice, as displayed on "Praning Na Si Roger" ("Roger Is Crazy"), he instead chooses to shout and scream on many songs, including "Asal Hudas," "Tuklaw" ("Bite"), and "Ganid" ("Greedy"), which becomes overbearing and annoying after a while. In addition, the guitar solos show promise but could be better. Not a bad album, but a little polishing wouldn't hurt.

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