MUSIC REVIEW

KUH'S MAGIC
Review from ALL MUSIC GUIDE

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In 1981, Philippine female singer Kuh Ledesma released Kuh's Magic. The album's 11 songs are remakes of international hits, mostly American. On many songs, Ledesma's delivery is less polished and her voice lacks the depth that would be heard later in her career. Still, one can hear the seedlings of the poise and delivery for which Ledesma would become famous. In fact, she sounds quite strong on "Out Here on My Own" and "Home," middle-of-the-road songs with a more sophisticated ambience than heard on the other songs. The album opens on a remake of Elton John's 1970 hit "Your Song," which Kuh Ledesma handles competently. The album also contains a version of the Carpenters' "I Won't Last a Day Without You," which features a bossa nova-styled arrangement. Ledesma also performs a stirring version of the Four Tops' "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)." This version features a dramatic, show tune type of instrumental introduction. Kuh Ledesma doesn't tinker with the original melody and sings it in a straightforward manner, albeit with much enthusiasm. This is one of her better performances. A big surprise here is her rendition of "Whole Lotta Love," one of seminal rock band Led Zeppelin's most famous songs. Though it's hard to imagine, Ledesma initially sings this song in a light pop manner. Searing electric guitars later play the famous opening riff of the original version, and at this point Kuh Ledesma adds sass to her delivery. Not a bad album, but the singing could be better. David Gonzales


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