Yon Na!

The Company

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Yon Na! Review

by David Gonzales

In 1991, Philippine vocal group the Company released its debut album 'Yon Na (trans: That's It). The group has six members, three males and three females, none of whom perform musical instruments. The album begins with the slow, easy-listening "Sana Nga (Ikaw Na)" (trans: I Hope [It's You]). "Everlasting Love," "Getaway," and the perky, "Don't Be Afraid," among others, have a more spirited ambience. They can be called pleasant, middle-of-the-road fare, something akin to the repertoire of vocal group the Fifth Dimension. Other songs, however, though rooted in middle-of-the-road, also feature jazz-inflected arrangements both in the vocals and musicianship, as heard in "My One and Only Love," which includes dramatic vocals and a jazz-inflected piano solo. The title song features harmony vocals threaded into an exciting, seamless pattern. The jazz-tinged tunes, which also include "Tell Me Tonight," "Minsan Pa" (trans: Once Again), and "Didn't We," remind one of the Manhattan Transfer (who also perform in other genres). The Company perform "Didn't We" a cappella in its entirety, but they don't implement scatting or vocalise anywhere on the album. "Suwerte Suwerte Lang" (trans: Lucky Lucky Only) has a tinge of bossa nova and owes a nod to Brazilian star Sergio Mendez. The singing throughout the album is accomplished and assured. Judging from the album credits, a key member of the Company is Moy Ortiz, who arranged most of the vocals and composed several songs.

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