In 2000, Philippine artist Arlene Salvado released Solo. Salvado formerly sang lead vocals for the female group Tangerine. Solo is dominated by ballads, some of which are easy listening, but a significant number are more interesting than the usual bland, easy listening love song heard in the Philippines.
Salvado has talent and a lot of potential, and it's no wonder she was able to record her own album. Salvado suavely handles the heartfelt ballads and also vivaciously handles an upbeat dance tune, "I'll Let You Know (If I Get Lonely)," which features swirling rhythm guitar and an intense dance beat. When heard amid the never-ending ballads, this song is a surprise. Also interesting is the soulful "Without You" on which Salvado applies a rhythm & blues feel, bringing depth and satisfaction to the song. Her rendition of the moderately upbeat "I'd Rather Leave While I'm in Love," composed by the renowned Carole Bayer Sager and Peter Allen, is also confident. Young Salvado's voice and style are nearly fully developed, though a bit more development is needed to meet international standards. Still, the potential is there. She instills depth on "Bakit Mo Iiwanan" (Why Are You Leaving) and "Bakit Ikaw Pa Rin" (Why Is It Still You) and makes them sound better than they should. Salvado is someone to keep an eye (and ear) on.