Jerome Abalos

Two

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In 2001, Philippine male singer Jerome Abalos released his second album, the aptly titled, Two. While his first album, 2000's Jerome Abalos, consisted entirely of easy listening love songs, the music on Two has more of an edge, and there is diversity, too. Most songs on Two remain tinged with easy listening, but the melodies are more substantive. Also, most songs are garnished with rock-styled electric guitar lines. Three of the album's ten songs are solid rock, including the pop-metal ballad "Wala Nang Hihigit Pa," the rollicking "Kumusta Mga Kaibigan," and a blistering remake of the Rolling Stones' "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction." "Inaamin Ko Na" (I'm Admitting It) starts in a nondescript, somewhat easy listening manner, but segues to a strong chorus and benefits from Jerome Abalos' passionate performance. While it might take several listenings to appreciate the full worth of the song, the time spent is worth it. "Kailangan Ko'y Tulad Mo" (What I Need Is Someone Like You) is a tender love song that builds to a strong, heartfelt chorus, reinforced by rough-edged guitar chords. Again, Jerome Abalos' emotive performance raises the song to a higher standard. His passion cannot be underestimated, and another singer may not have the same results. On a number of songs, Jerome Abalos appears to be inspired by renowned Philippine singer/songwriter Freddie Aguilar, also known for his depth and heartfelt passion. There are also two remakes of international songs, the Alice Cooper ballad "I Never Cry" and the Rolling Stones' "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction." Two is a marked improvement from Jerome Abalos' first album.

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