Original Soundtrack

Trip [Star Records]

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In 2001, Startraxx Records released the original motion picture soundtrack album Trip. The album contains several styles of music, including easy listening, soulful balladry, rap, and spirited pop, performed by a variety of artists and bands. Although the album was released under Philippine independent Star Recording, the album features artists from other labels as well. For example, performing the tender love song "Pangarap" (Wish) is Barbie's Cradle, signed to Warner Music Philippines. "Isang Araw" (One Day) is performed by rap group Gloc 9, and features extremely fast rapping, almost comical in nature. Gloc 9 also performs a more conventional rap, the masterful "Ayoko Na" (I Don't Like), performed in a mournful minor key. Another rap, "Trip Mo, Trip Ko" (My Trip, Your Trip), contains a jazz-inflected trumpet line and hypnotic dissonance. These raps could impress some international listeners. "Barkada" has a pleasant pop-influenced melody and a spirited chorus, and is performed by Chocolate Beef, which is signed to local independent Universal Records. For a soundtrack album, Trip holds together well. The slow, soulful "Girl," performed by Mike Luis, is a welcome addition to the album. "Kung Wala Ka" (If You're Not Here) is a passionate love song, but has more substance than most easy listening songs heard in the Philippines, and is given a soulful edge by male vocal group Quarter to Five. "Napapa -- Uuhh (Feels Like Uuhh)," performed by Gladys & the Boxers, is an upbeat novelty tune that is corny and charming at the same time. The closing, "Tuwing Umuulan" (Every Time It Rains), features much-respected veteran Philippine singer Pilita Corales in a rare performance. This time-honored love song is given an updated, modern arrangement, and sounds quite good. This soundtrack was put together with great care, and is much better and more diverse than many other Philippine soundtracks.

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