Chad Borja

Sorry Na, Puede Ba

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Chad Borja's Sorry Na, Puede Ba (I'm Sorry, Please) consists of passionate, easy listening music. A number of songs on Sorry Na, Puede Ba are remakes of international tunes, including two Bread songs, "Make It With You" and "Diary." Other international remakes include the soulful "Baby Come Back" and "Sideshow."

According to Paragon Records, at the time of the recording Chad Borja had just gotten over problems with his throat. That probably accounts for his less than smooth performance on a significant number of songs here. It's obvious he has talent, but something just isn't right on some songs. For example, his voice sounds off-key on parts of "Make It With You," and it sounds weak on "Diary," "Old Photographs," and "Three Ring Circus," among others. Yet, he does a credible job on the easy listening "Sorry Na, Puede Ba," "Here in Heaven," and "City of Angels." He sings a soulful falsetto on "Sideshow." His singing on "Here in Heaven" is one of his better performances, and he stays in a low register where he avoids straining his voice. Although his performances aren't uniformly outstanding, one can tell that he has talent and that he is passionate about singing.

The album is well-produced and the arrangements are nicely done. The trumpet heard on "Make It With You" adds a nice touch, as do the backing vocals. However, most songs on "Sorry Na, Puede Ba" are slow, and the album could use more diversity.

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