G. Toengi

Very G

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In 2000, Philippine female singer G. Toengi released her debut album, Very G. G. Toengi is a popular local actress and is co-host of a weekly television dance program, EZ Dancing. Unfortunately, her voice needs much development. She sings off-key in many places and lacks depth and versatility. In the Philippines, talent is often considered less important than image and good looks, and G. Toengi's popularity and sultry looks work in her favor. Though she doesn't sing well, she tries her best, and she has enthusiasm. The album is well-produced, and much care was obviously put into the making of Very G. The songwriting throughout the album is first-rate, and many songs were written by foreign composers. One of the album's nicest songs is the pretty ballad "For You," written by foreign composer Sacho Mashevski. Even G. Toengi's off-key singing doesn't ruin the song too much. Many songs are dance-inflected, including "How Crazy Are You," "Di Da DI," and "Fantasy World," among others, and perhaps the record company was looking for exposure on G. Toengi's television dance program. Unfortunately, G. Toengi sounds stiff and awkward on some of the upbeat songs. The dance-inflected "Di Da Di" contains a Latin influence and seems like something Jennifer Lopez would sing. The upbeat, "Kailan Nga Ba?" (When Is It Really?) is tinged by rhythm & blues and seems like something Britney Spears would sing. If those two artists sang these songs, they would sound better. G. Toengi tries hard, but she isn't a natural singer.

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