Monday, November 17, 2008
Regine's Low Key Album
There has been soo much hype in RegineLandia about this 15th studio album. Being a worshipper, I got myself a copy. Regine's now under Universal Records and I can definitely see their support. The packaging is something new. One wouldn't miss seeing it in record bars. It's unusually longer than a dvd case. The cd is priced at Php 350. Not bad, since it has 2 cds. For videoke fanatics, the minus one is definitely a pre-Christmas treat from their beloved Songbird. Nice pictures and layout. This is my fave pix taken from her house inspired by the Korean telenovela Full House. It's just plain Serene Regine subconsciously promoting the Go Green campaign.
Note: Simply click the pictures to enlarge them. ENJOY!
After Covers 1 and Covers 2, Regine has covered 17 classics AGAIN which made me think of OPM's (Original Pilipino Music) future. The only original song is the bonus track, which is a collaboration with Jim Brickman - Christmas Is.
Ordinarily, artists would cover Christmas songs. Just ironic that Regine's Christmas album (Love Was Born on Christmas Day) is 80% original compositions. I'm disappointed that she has to cover Of All the Things ( reminds me of Lindsay Custodio's) and the ever famous Longer which was already a part of the Medley of Love Songs in R2K.
For a consistent platinum artist, why be scared of recording new songs? This is a themed album and Regine's concept is recording classic love songs with fresh arrangements. The special attraction is taming her vocal pyrotechnics. She must have realized the importance of just using the pristine timbre of her voice. It's very obvious that the arrangements veered away from those crescendos that are usually being used to give a song a climax/highlight of some sort.
This is an acoustic album but did not capitalize on the use of guitars alone. Good thing there's piano and other instruments that made this album sophisticated, well thought and inspired. Feel good music, something that you can play while on a cruise. Reminiscent of the many acoustic/laid back Filipino cover albums (Lea, Nina, MYMP and the list continues...).
The vocals would enlighten Regine Bashers that her voice can be tamed. That her voice alone with proper emotions and vocal dyamics can breathe new life to songs that most artists nowadays won't dare revive. Who would dare cover Leader of the Band and At Seventeen? Here's the track list for your convenience.
I'm used to Regine's belting voice that listening to this album made me realize that she has low notes as well. Not just those based on her back up vocals where she had to record in lower keys to harmonize. Low key was successful in showcasing her low notes in the 3rd octave. Regine's vocal range is a wide 4 octaves. Her lowest note is a B2 ( the note Ti in the 2nd octave). Most of her birit notes are those in the 5th octave in pure chest voice. This time i think her highest belted note using her chest voice is an E5 (Mi in the 5th octave). The higher notes were sang using her head voice (falsetto for male singers).
If my upload is succesful, then you can listen to her most hearfelt rendition in this album. She must have mustered all pain and heartaches (thought of Ariel Rivera) in order to bring out the needed emotion for the song - I'd Rather Leave While I'm In Love. Oh well, unseen universal songbird forces must have conspired. I'd rather let you buy the album to satiate your curiosity. For the meantime, here's a teaser of the song No Walls, No Ceilings, No Floors.
Thanks to Reigne Channel! I wonder if this album can replicate, if not outsell R2K ( Like become a Diamond Album perhaps?). IF necessary, I will have to add new insights on this album. ENJOY!
Btw, there's a special twist when you purchase this album. You're entitled to get a free poster (Limited). The catch is, there are 4 unique posters. Meaning, it's a marketing strategy/gimmick by Universal Records to have an instant demand for this album. I can understand this strategy. I just find it preposterous when they printed out 3 out of 4 pictures in the album layout as posters. There's just one unique poster that is rare. There's recession almost everywhere, as a token of appreciation to Regine's loyal friends, posters should just be given away. Small freebies like posters, mean a lot to die hard, to die for Songbird worshippers. I just can't imagine a student who's a fanatic saving and splurging Php 1400 just to complete the posters. I don't mind spending. I just wanna make sure it'll be my money's worth. Every single cent of it.REGINE Is REGINE: No IFs & Buts!!! PEACE! Christmas Is -- All About Giving and Sharing...