Regine Velasquez


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In 2000, Philippine label MCA Universal released Unsolo, a collection of duets recorded by Regine Velasquez while signed to PolyCosmic Records (a joint venture between then-international major label PolyGram and a local independent). Velasquez left the label and now records for Viva Music Group.

Velasquez is one of the Philippines' most popular and best-selling artists. During her stay at PolyCosmic Records she recorded a number of duets with some famous and talented singers. The duets are presented in one complete package, hence the title Unsolo.

Included is a duet between Velasquez and American legend Paul Anka on "It's Hard to Say Goodbye." The duet appeared on Velasquez's 1993 album Reason Enough, as well as Anka's Face in the Mirror. She sings a duet with American actor/singer David Hasselholf on "More Than Words Can Say," which appeared only on Hasselholf's Hooked on a Feeling.

Most of the music, including the songs mentioned above, is pleasant, middle-of-the-road and not meant to push boundaries. One notable exception is the classy "Perfect," which Velasquez performs with vocal group Tux. The song features passionate, gospel-inspired singing by Velasquez, backed by an ingenuous a cappella arrangement performed by Tux.

Unsolo opens on a duet performed with Asian superstar Jacky Cheung, titled "In Love With You." The Velasquez album on which this song was released, 1994's Listen Without Prejudice, reached gold and platinum in several Asian countries. Unsolo is a nice enough album, though the middle-of-the-road ambience tends to wear thin after awhile.

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