Sharon Cuneta

When I Love

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In 2001, female Philippine singer Sharon Cuneta released When I Love. The music is pleasant middle-of-the-road, containing eight Philippine-composed songs and four songs by Western composers, including Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now" and Michael Bolton's "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You." The opening "When I Love" is a fine Philippine-composed ballad and contains a substantive, tender melody and a strong hook in the chorus. The backing vocals that accompany Sharon Cuneta are heard almost throughout the entire song. This is a good thing, as Sharon Cuneta's voice isn't always the strongest of vehicles. It's difficult to hear her on the beginning of "Doors," for example, though her voice later gains more depth. Her coy approach on "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You," sung in a high register, sounds thin. She also isn't very impressive on the remake of "Both Sides Now," and comes across as just an average singer. Yet, at other times she sounds better and more professional, including on her passionate performance in parts of "Kahit Kailan" (Even When) and "Love & Give," where she lets her voice soar. If it is the intention for Sharon Cuneta to sound weak at times, and stronger at other times, then it's a mistake, as it's better when her voice can be heard all the time. One of the best songs is the spunky "Fly," though once again Sharon Cuneta's performance isn't very strong until the song almost ends. While she doesn't need to be overpowering on these songs, it would help if she consistently had more depth. As it is, her performance on the album is uneven.

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