Martin Nievera marks 30th year with softer sound

By |

NIEVERA. Fresh spin.

We’re pleased to note that even our veteran singers are reinventing themselves: First, it was Gary Valenciano, who wowed us by putting a fresh spin on overworked ballads—like Stevie Wonder’s “Overjoyed,” Stephen Bishop’s “It Might Be You,” and Burton Cummings’ “I Will Always Wait For You”—in his recent album, “Gary V. Sings Just For You.”

In “Martin Nievera 3D: Tatlong Dekada,” Gary’s closest rival celebrates his 30th year by waxing an album of mostly original tunes.

Yes, the hefty collection includes bonus revivals of theme songs from telenovelas (the stirringly reinvented “Times of Your Life” from “Lorenzo’s Time,” “After All” from “A Beautiful Affair,” with Vina Morales), but a majority of its cuts are freshly minted new compositions that benefit from Martin’s fresh renditions and relaxed singing.


Take “Magic,” one of the finest ballads we’ve heard from Martin—or from any local artist—in years. The winsome album-opener is devoid of show-stopping theatrics and over-the-top vocal projection, and recalls the “unaffected” beauty of his leisurely sung ’80s hits like “Love For Real,” “Make A Smile (Meldy),” “Pain” and “The Best Gift.”

Other must-hear tracks: “After All This Time,” “On My Own Again,” and the radio-friendly carrier single, “Ipadarama.” —And Martin surprises even more in “Take Off,” an Enrique Iglesias-channeling, electro-pop dance tune!

Follow Us

Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/QTVMMV3EWVYIFKLY4M5EYFAQB4 CN

    Huwag na po nating tangkilikin si Martin Nievera, siya po ay bad example. Iniwan niya po ang kaniyang pamilya para sa ibang babae. Ano ba pinauso niyang kanta, wala naman ata. Maling-mali po ang ginawa niya. Ewan ko nga ba kung bakit buhay pa ‘tong damuho na ‘to.

Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94