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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...


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26 comments:

Anonymous said...

Can I post your blog on rvml? Great article with a balanced view on the new album.

I also enjoyed reading the other articles. These are info you don't see anywhere else and definitely worth reading.

Lolo Mao

Sirenspeaks said...

Well uhmmm yeah... Sure why not for exposure? hehehe..I'll take advantage of any net mileage. There will be some editing for this post especially the pictures. Please wait for the updates. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

the pic by the pool doesn't show on on the webpage. Don't know if it's my browser that has the problem

Anonymous said...

not a fan talaga specially that she's only repeating every song that AI has sang for the past couple of years.

Sirenspeaks said...

Please refresh (F5) your browser. It's perfectly viewable on my end.

rico said...

yeah! it's a 2 discs studio album. Actually I don't have a copy yet but I will but it as a Christmas gift for myself.
And yeah, it's longer than a DVD case, I saw it when she promotes it on SOP.

I like the Photos.

Sirenspeaks, this is rodnanerodnena of YouTube!

-Rodney

Sirenspeaks said...

Thanks! Wow! SO it's you... hehehe.More interesting vids Rico!

rico said...

It's actually my Father's nae. I'm Rodney!

Oh. I just noticed awhile ago that those pictures were taken on her new house. Aren't they?

Deemancipation said...

Regine have kept on reinventing herself musically and artistically. A truly gifted artist. Her album is always something to look forward to and worth every cents.I gotta have the copy of her latest album now!

Anonymous said...

Cguro naman sulit un pera ko sa album na to! May minus one pa. Limited kse masyado un sa WOW magic sing or Extreme. Excited nako may 18 new songs for videoke! Panalo ka Ate Reg!

Anonymous said...

Platinum award na yata cya mamaya sa SOP. Buti n lang bumili ako kaagad.

Raffy said...

Ay finally I made it. I am so new to these "subscribing to feeds" thing. I finally ordered my copy of Low Key from Titik Pilipino (by express) so I hope to reeive my copy this coming week. It's nice when artists experiment with new arrangements for old songs. But I still would prefer an album with original songs for a change. Anyway, this is a good looking blog site with all these links to perfformances rarely seen. Looking forward to more. (This site was obviously a labor of love) Keep it up!!-Raffy

Raffy said...

Uh...Platinum Award?? Low Key has reached Platinum status na? How many units need to be sold for an album in the Philippines to be platinum nowadays?

Anonymous said...

It's just Gold after more than a week!

Sirenspeaks said...

In the Phil. I think for an album to be considered Gold, you need to sell 15k units and 30k for it to become Platinum. Thanks for the kind words. Hope you can find time in reading the other blog entries!

carolyn said...

thanks for this review. although i do like the concept for this album, i do feel that another mostly-original album is long overdue for regine. we have the same views: among all the singers in the philippines, she has the least to fear in terms of people wanting to listen to her music---whether old or new songs. if a star of her caliber won't take a chance on new original material, what chance does OPM have. part of what made regine REGINE is her library of "classics"- tunes that are uniquely hers because she sang them originally and made them staples. i only hope she will make more original hits and not just play safe by constantly remaking old songs (as she has in covers 1, 2, and this one).

agentbfly said...

Heya, Sirenspeaks...

Yeah, I also agree with u in terms of "reviving and fear of presenting new songs". Oh, well, Regine is truly Regine, no IFS and BUTS! haha!

BTW, am looking 4ward for some more mp3s. Thanks! Bless ya!
xo.

Sirenspeaks said...

Thanks for your comments! I'd like to get your opinion. Aside from the embedded mp3s, do you prefer rapidshare? So at least you can have your own copies?

Sirenspeaks said...

FYI, i embedded a player that has a playlist of Regine's Live performances. It's on the upper right hand corner of the page.

Jan said...

Thanks for the playlist. Reading your entries with music definitely made it more fun!

wings said...

I hope this gets more than a platinum! Regine reigns!

RewardsPlus said...

I hope they'll have a press release on the platinum status of this album. The offshore sales very good. The awarding is way past its due date.

Bebe said...

Platinum na low key! YEHEY!!!

Den said...

Congrats Regine! Go For Double Triple Quadruple DIAMOND!!!

Candy said...

Congrats Regine! First Platinum award for a Filipino artist this year.

VocalRuns said...

More Platinum awards for this album!