Victor Wood

You're My Everything

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On most of his 1970s releases, Philippine Victor Wood sang a wide variety of remakes of American songs. (At the time, he released many albums under Philippine independent Vicor Records, and was a very popular recording artist.) On 1997's You're My Everything, released on local independent Alpha Records, he composed six of the album's ten songs, and his compositional skills are excellent and merit recognition. The remaining four songs are foreign remakes. Most of the songs are love songs, a popular style of music in the Philippines. The album's first song, the title track, is a nice, pretty ballad. In the 1970s, Wood sang various styles, such as pop and R&B, as well as easy listening, but here he keeps to mellow love songs. Nonetheless, he introduces a fair amount of diversity, as well. The mellow "Cheryl Moana Marie," for example, is heard over a slight reggae backbeat, and the steel guitar fills give the duet "No Other Love" an American country music ambience. Victor Wood's duet partner on this song, Karen C., tries to sound like Dolly Parton. Other love songs here are performed in a straightforward manner. Straightforward or not, the songs are mostly outstanding, as heard on the beautiful and tender "People Say Now," where Victor Wood gives his voice a rough-edged hue. He also performs several foreign remakes on this album, and his version of "That's Amore" features a bouncy, syncopated backbeat, while the remake of "Eternally" is tender and romantic. This album has something to offer.

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