Close  

No-frills approach boosts Martin Nievera’s acoustic set

By: - Entertainment Editor
/ 11:30 AM August 16, 2014

NIEVERA. “Jamming”-inspired, no-frills approach.

If you’re used to watching Martin Nievera on TV struggle with notes that are already too high for him, his latest album, “My Acoustic,” will enable you to see—and hear—him in a different light. His renditions in the compilation recall the vocal magnificence and unforced allure of his early hits, like “The Best Gift,” “Meldy (Make A Smile)” and “Love for Real.”

The album gathers the best tracks from his past albums, “Milestones,” “Awit ng Puso,” “Himig ng Damdamin,” “Chasing Time” and “Mga Awit at Damdamin.”

ADVERTISEMENT

It’s refreshing to hear Martin sing “Kung Ako Na Lang Sana” and “Bukas Na Lang Kita Mamahalin” without straining, with just strings and a few other instruments exquisitely backing him up.

The requisite “birit” can be heard toward the end of his remake of Regine Velasquez’s “Dadalhin”—but, that’s only because the love song requires some urgent bravado in order to peak. Contrarily, the shrillness also becomes anticlimactic in Nievera’s cover of Wency Cornejo’s “Habang May Buhay.”

FEATURED STORIES

This “jamming”-inspired, no-frills approach works exceedingly well in Martin’s versions of Sharon Cuneta’s “Now That You’re Gone,” the Apo’s “When I Met You,” Ogie Alcasid’s “Kailangan Kita” and in his exuberant take on Kuh Ledesma’s “I Think I’m In Love.” Now that’s great singing without the disposably gratuitous gimmicks!

Read Next
LATEST STORIES
MOST READ
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Jamming, Martin Nievera, Music, My acoustic, OPM
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.


© Copyright 1997-2019 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.