MUSIC REVIEW

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Review from THE PHIL. DAILY INQUIRER

Entertainment section
Spin City April 25, 2007

ANNIE, KUH SINGS THE CLASSICS

"I hope it speaks to them about the beauty of our music and the nobility of the Pinoy character"

Working with Bob Aves as musical arranger/producer, and with Radha and Grace Nono as vocal arrangers, Ledesma lends a bold spin to the music of masters Nicanor Abelardo, Lucio San Pedro, George Canseco and other kundiman composers. The result: a sound she calls "Neo- Pilipino"

As a whole, it works, although Ledesma, who also conceptualized the album with Aves, had the gracious sense to leave some of the songs--especially Abelardo's "Nasaan Ka Irog" and San Pedro/Levi Celerio's "Ugoy ng Duyan"(incidentally our favorites in the CD) well enough alone.

The album's major selling point, of course, is Ledesma's voice, a "magnificently refined instrument," drum-beaters point out. We agree.



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