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Charice's self-titled debut CD includes her single, 'Pyramid' featuring labelmate Iyaz (who recently spent four weeks at #1
with his international smash hit, 'Replay').
The haunting and emotionally charged single 'Note To God' was produced by the legendary David Foster and written by Grammy winner, Diane Warren. Charice has performed the song as part of a special Oprah episode marking the finale of 'Oprah's Search for the World's Smartest and Most Talented Kids.'
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Below are the songs and my impressions of them after several listens.
Pyramid - Performed with Iyaz, it is her first release. It's a great song with a great message and a unique take. It's already charted up to #2 on the US Dance Charts. I rate the song with an A. It would have been an A+ song for me except for the rap by Iyaz. Now as rap goes, he sounds pretty good. It's just not my cup of tea.
Reset - This is a very original ballad about wanting to start again with a relationship that's gone awry. It has very modern terminology and lingo. Its exactly the kind of song that I think Charice is born to sing, strong ballads with strong vocals. I give this song an A+ grade.
In This Song - This is a better than average ballad. I give it an A-.
Nobody's Singin' To Me - This is a great ballad about missing someone that was once the music to your life. I give it an A grade.
Thank You - This is another terrific ballad, if a little cliché. However, it's got some AMAZING vocal runs in it. Another A grade song.
I Love You - This song has a catchy beat and is pretty different from the average I love you songs, being more about the regret that follows any heartbreak or relationship ending. This has radio potential because of the infectious beat and the hooks. Grade A.
In Love So Deep - Very catchy, another song with major radio potential. Another A.
All That I Need To Survive - This song starts a little slow, but it builds and builds to become absolutely fantastic. More terrific vocals, especially at the end. Still only an A- rating though.
Nothing - This is a good mid-tempo jam that has a lot of radio potential. I think the lyrics are something that everyone can relate to, which is always good. Another A- song.
The Truth Is - Now THIS is a power ballad. It's a very relatable song about having to say I love you for the first time. A+ and then some.
I Did It For You - Another ballad here, fairly cliché again, about having done everything for the person you love; even when it was hurting them. A- grade.
Note To God - This is THE power ballad for the album. Written by the legendary Diane Warren, the lyrics are just absolutely... well... legendary. LOL The music is just so beautiful, haunting even, and I think it is vocally the most powerful song on the album. A+ grade, and then some.
So overall, I rank this album at an A. There were some A+ songs, but mostly A's with only a few A minuses. Charice has been compared to Whitney, Mariah, Celine, etc... And she's certainly got the goods for comparison, especially considering her age. Even so, she still sounds original enough to be her own artist. It's been said that she's an incredible mimic, and she's proven that with her 'too many to count' YouTube performances. I think the purpose of this album was to show she could sound distinctive (she does) and yet sound similar enough to fit in to mainstream pop music (she should).
Charice is a rising star to watch, because she's going to take the world by storm. Technically she already has... But she's got soooo much further to go. She's already been on Oprah, Ellen DeGeneres, and numerous other major exposures around the world. The girl can sing, that's for damn sure.
I never heard any other version of "Note To God" but it feels like she really puts her heart into it and I can't imagine anyone doing it better!
Of course, Pyramid is the first pop single and maybe the last. Although these songs sound great, I am not certain there is anything here besides Pyramid that has a new hook to it.
All the songs are good, but many of them, IMO, I have heard before...like "Oh that one sounds like the Jordin Sparks song. Oh, this one sounds like that Mariah Carey song" kind of like that.
Pyramid definitely brought something new to the formula in my mind and I think that is why it stands out as a good single. Whenever I hear Pyramid, it changes my mood to bright and positive. Its got great lyrics and great hooks, Although the piano does get a bit monotonous after a dozen runthroughs, that's when I skip over to the acapella version that I extracted from a video. It's similar but really showcases her perfect pitch with just a couple of instruments and no special effects. I would love to have a good quality version of that on the CD too!
Overall, a great CD and worth buying. I do think that these bonus tracks stand out a bit better than some of the base content. So the bonus CD is definitely worth a couple extra of my bucks.
Charice grew up in a broken home. At a very young age, Charice helplessly watched as her father took a shotgun to shoot her mother in front of her in a fit of rage. Her mother luckily survived that dreadful moment, but her father was never to be seen again. Charice was scarred for life. Only her faith, her mother and her dreams kept her going.
Oprah, with the legendary producer, composer David foster took Charice under their wings. This album is the fruit of that collaboration. She has already been called the new pop princess by Washington Post and one of the most promising superstars in the music industry. Each and every song was carefully chosen and fits her nicely. It has everything from ballads to contemporary beats.
1. Pyramid [Featuring Iyaz] (Writer/s - David Jassy, Lyrica Anderson, Niclas Molinder, Joacim Persson, Johan Alkenäs)
The 2nd single released prior to the album debut. Already topped Billboard's Dance/Club Play chart. An official MTV video was also shot at the famous Los Angeles Orpheum Theater with Iyaz.
2. Reset (Writer/s - Peter Habib, Adam Nierow, Charice)
Break and make-up song. You can listen to her here rapping on her native tongue.
3. In This Song (Writer/s - David Foster, Claude Kelly, Emanuel Kiriakou)
David Foster wrote this song especially for Charice. The song is the story of her life. A ballad that showcase her ability to glide through several octaves. The girl has a powerful voice, in a petite frame she can exhale 10 decibels. Truly gifted, truly talented, this song is packed with emotions. A song of inspiration.
4. Nobody's Singin' To Me (Writer - Anne Preven)
Such a cute song with a lovely melody. Catchy.
5. Thank You (Writer/s - Tom Leonard, Klaus Derendorf)
A song dedicated to somebody who has done so much for you.
6. I Love You (Writer/s - Kate Akhurst, Vince Pizzinga)
7. In Love So Deep (Writer/s - The Corrs, Richard Nowells, Billy (William) Steinberg)
8. All That I Need To Survive (Writer/s - Carole Bayer Sager, Jorgen Eloffson)
9. Nothing (Writer/s - Ryan Tim, Didrik Thott, Sebastian Thott, Sharon Vaughn)
The catchiest tune in the lot.
10. The Truth Is (Writer - Alexander James)
11. Did It For You (Writer/s - Niclas Molinder, Johan Alkenäs, Ryan Tedder)
12. Note To God (Writer - Diane Warren)
Voted the best artist performance at Oprah Show for 2009. You got to see it if you haven't seen it yet. This particular episode is one of the best performances by a singer I have ever seen in my life.