Carol Banawa


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In 2001, Philippine female singer Carol Banawa released Transition. The album's name is apt, as Transition marks a musical refinement and maturity that would not have seemed possible after her lackluster debut album, 2000's Carol. Carol was dominated by easy listening music, and was a boring, bland affair, and Carol Banawa's voice sounded reedy thin, like a ten-year-old kid on helium. Her voice has matured on 2001's Transition, and the album's middle-of-the-road material, while not boundary-breaking, requires more skill to sing it. A few easy listening songs remain. The opening "Muntik Na Kitang Minahal" (I Almost Love You), for example, is typical Philippine easy listening, but the following song, "Can Never Be Me," signals a change in style, and is more modern. There is a second version of this song, and it sounds even more modern, featuring a funky, urban-inflected tone. The middle-of-the-road "Can't Say Goodbye" is also enjoyable, as is the tender "Stay." While on the whole, Carol Banawa's voice sounds more mature, some thinness is still heard on such songs as "I Believe" and "Sabihin Na Sana" (Hoping Will Say). Her singing is masterful on "Bawat Pintig Ng Puso" (Every Beat of the Heart), where she handles the song's delicate passages with strength and poise, and also soars to the heavens. While some listeners still might consider her voice a tad thin, many others will appreciate her development, as heard on the alluring "Hindi Kita Malimot" (I Can't Forget You).

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