Various Artists

Wow Must Have This Music

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2002's Wow Must Have This Music compiles 12 songs recorded by local artists signed to Philippine independent Viva Records, and appears patterned upon the Now That's What I Call Music concept initiated by the international major labels, which compiles top hits onto one album. Nearly every song is a smooth, slow outing, and a number of songs are covers of Western hits, including a stylish, acoustic-based rendition of the Bee Gees' "Emotion," performed by Regine Velasquez, and a classy performance of Johnny Nash's "I Can See Clearly Now," performed by female singer Jaya. The Philippine-composed tunes include the slow, soulful "'Till I Found You," performed by the urban-influenced group Freestyle, and "Ako'y Sa Yo" (I'm Yours), performed by First Circle, which has a sound similar to that of Freestyle. The album's best Philippine-composed song, as well as the only song that has isn't slow, is "Good Love," performed by female singer Maxine, who has a strong, soulful voice, impressive in its range and depth. Wow Must Have This Music is a nice compilation of songs.