MUSIC REVIEW

JUST YOU
Review from ALL MUSIC GUIDE

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In 1982, Philippine female singer Kuh Ledesma released Just You. The album features middle-of-the-road songs performed in a sophisticated manner. Five of the album's 11 songs are moderately upbeat, and these are "Our Ever After," "If You Let Me," "One Day Soon," and the remakes of "You Are the Sunshine of My Life" and "Just the Way You Are," both of which contain slow sections as presented here. Kuh Ledesma displays more poise and confidence than heard on her last album, 1981's Kuh's Magic, and it's obvious she has developed her style and delivery. Her voice has depth, and she sounds strong in both the middle and high register. The songwriting is of a high quality throughout the album. Unfortunately, the album credits do not list the names of the composers. The opener, "Sweet Melody," is a slow and pleasant middle-of-the-road number and contains a sweet melody that Kuh Ledesma sings with depth and assurance. Her voice has strength and her delivery is confident, and a listener immediately notices the improvement of her singing from the last album. Her remakes of Billy Joel's "Just the Way You Are" and Stevie Wonder's "You Are the Sunshine of My Life" are presented in medley form, and start on an exaggerated slow reading of both songs, leading to fine renditions in the moderately spirited pace of the original versions. Not a bad album, though some listeners may yearn for something other than middle-of-the-road songs. David Gonzales


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