First and foremost, these are my thoughts. This has nothing to do with your thoughts – most especially Chasters. If you wholeheartedly disagree, then go make your own review and get hysterical with your fellow Chasters.
Charice Pempengco, the Filipina YouTube star who appeared on Ellen and Oprah, had just released her first international album under 143/Reprise entitled Charice. The self-titled album was released on May 11, 2010. Ranging from uptempo songs to rangy ballads, Charice caters to people of all ages.
The album cover tells everything about the album. Just plain ordinary. Nothing special.
Pyramid opens the album and it does a pretty good job. It features Replay singer Iyaz and surprisingly, his vocals blended with Charice’s. It has a good vibe and it’s pretty good. The only downsides here are their highly edited voices. Unrecognizable. Easily, the best track of the album.
Reset follows Pyramid and it barely keeps the momentum going – if not for the Rap bridge. Just skip to the Rap Bridge and laugh the heck out of its cheesiness. Magsimula tayo para tayo’y sobrang happy na! The best line from this album ever. Nice try for the insertion of some Tagalog lines, though. It was just soooo.. Hey Hey pakinggan mo naman ako. RAP BRIDGE \m/
In This Song has a karaoke vibe to it. Not exactly the song you’d be listening all day. It’s like something from a Celine Dion/Whitney Houston song that’s produced to fit an 18 year-old, but it doesn’t. It sounds too old for Charice. Foster, we need younger songs for an 18 year old, not for an old hag.
Nobody’s Singing to Me is just so terrible. Do you really have to belt every word of the bridge? Words just didn’t blend. It was difficult to understand what she was singing or saying. All I heard was radiowwwap and the Nobody’s Singing to Me part.
Thank You was just dreadfully boring. Instead of being emotional, it was like belts and all. Skip it.
I Love You should be skipped.
In Love so Deep‘s only best part was the first part of the Bridge. The other parts were just annoying. The high notes all aligned here. We need to see a bit of gentleness here.
All I Need to Survive is the total opposite of In Love so Deep. If the previous track was so loud, this one is too quiet. It just sounded too Sleepy. It’s not with the vocals, it’s just the backing band on the background. It doesn’t really progress. BORING.
Nothing is totally the different track of this album. Yes, Pyramid may have been a no. 1 on Dance charts and Nothing is an upbeat song, but then this is like some sort of having an identity crisis issue. It’s just so different from the ballads and Pyramid. A good song, though. Not a fan of the beats.
The Truth Is this song is better off trashed.
I Did It For You is better off scratched. It’s so horrible. I can barely listen to it.
Note to God is a ballad that reached 44 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and was just wiped out the next week. I like its gospel vibe. The high notes were good, but the last note was just so painful. If you’re gonna display Charice’s vocal range, do it properly. It was too painfully long. Nevertheless, it closes the album on a good note.
Overall, Charice was an album having songs ranging from so-so to horrendous. It was seriously a major disappointment. Yes, she may have potential, but the album doesn’t make use of it. I recommend listening to the first and the last song of the album. Pyramid and Note to God are the tracks worth listening to. For the lulz, go to Reset’s rap bridge. For that, I give the album a rating of: