Rachel Alejandro

Tanging Pangarap

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In 2001, Philippine female singer Rachel Alejandro released Tanging Pangarap (Only Wish), her first album for local independent Viva Records after moving from major label Warner Music Philippines. "Rachel Alejandro" has a fine voice, versatile and warm, one of the best in the Philippines. Tanging Pangarap is dominated by passionate, easy listening love songs. However, the album also contains several adventurous-type songs. The opening song, "Somebody," has Rachel Alejandro move delicately through slow, sinuous paths. Unfortunately, some of the phrasing is awkward, due more to the song itself and not Alejandro's interpretation. The song strives to make a major statement, but the melody lacks enough substance to make it memorable. Another similar-type song, "Forever and a Day," is more successful, and Rachel Alejandro builds the song's incisive melody to a grand conclusion. One of the album's more spirited songs is the lithe, acoustic-styled "Somebody," which contains a strong melody and chorus. Rachel Alejandro's approach is understated, which is appropriate for this song, and brings enough conviction to make the song successful. Most of the other songs on the album, however, are on the bland side, including, "Ikaw Lang" (Only You), "Ako Lang Ang Mamahalin" (I'm the Only One for You to Love), and "Narito" (Here), among others. "High on Loose" is dance inflected, but the song itself isn't very notable. Rachel Alejandro deserves better material than presented on most of the album.

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