Maegan Aguilar

Sige Lang Sige

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In 1995, Philippine teenage artist Maegan Aguilar released her first album, the folk-rock-inflected Sige Lang Sige (^Continue Doing It). As the daughter of Philippine music legend Freddie Aguilar, whose "Anak" ("Son") was a hit in many countries in the '70s, Aguilar attracted a lot of curiosity and attention with her debut. She didn't disappoint. Sige Lang Sige is a fine outing, brimming with passion and emotion. Aguilar's singing is particularly impressive, her voice and delivery displaying a maturity beyond her tender years. Although much of the music is acoustic in nature, it features a gritty edge, as songs such as "Kamot" ("Scratching"), "Kaibigan" ("Friend"), and "Sige Lang Sige" demonstrate. Another song, the slow-paced blues "Like I Don't Know," is a memorable tour de force, Aguilar's powerful singing and vocal intonations reminding one of the immortal Janis Joplin. "Dinggin Mo" ("Listen to It") is a touching ballad, graced by a tender violin line. Several songs, including "Kalayaan" ("Liberty"), possess an ethnic feel. Also included is a duet with her father on the revered "Anak." Aguilar wrote all the songs except "Anak," and while not every song attains the same level of quality (side one of the cassette is more commanding than side two), enough certainly make the grade.

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