In 1997, Philippine female teenage trio the Vibe released its debut album, The Vibe. The group features a soulful, rhythm'n'blues-influenced sound, marked by distinctive harmonies and fine solo singing.
The members of the Vibe are Arnee Hidalgo, Biv de Vera and Girlie Capulso, who, despite being so young, exhibit commanding, versatile singing voices, silky and smooth when needed and containing impressive depth as well.
Of paramount importance, the album is distinguished by excellent songwriting (in a mostly verse-chorus-verse manner) and strong production values. It's obvious much attention-to-detail was shown throughout the album. The musical arrangements are also exquisite, and exhibit a sense of daring as well, as heard on the searing guitar fills of "Can't Take This" and the syncopated keyboard introduction to "Time 2 B Me."
The Vibe bring the melodies and hooks to life, as heard on the contagious "Hooked On You," "Feel the Vibe," "Give Me Your Love," "Feel N'yo Ba 'To" (trans: Do You Feel It) and others. Most songs here feature one of the trio singing lead while the other two members provide fine and imaginative backing vocals. The album is also marked by a keen sense of pacing, containing both upbeat, exciting numbers and sensuous ballads. As the girls are so young, most likely much of the credit for the album's cohesion and excellence must go to the producer, Jimmy Antiporda, who also arranged and wrote many of the songs.