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Toni Gonzaga All Me Album

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It was out and Toni Gonzaga has released her new and 5th album titled “All Me” under Star Records. This new album is her 2010 offering to all fans and Filipinos who believe and love her kind of music. My daughter, TJ happens to be one of them and we are looking forward to get one in music stores.

All Me album contains 13 original songs / cuts and according to reports of the press release, it also comes with a mini magazine, exclusively all about Toni G herself. Reports also said that the said album will be targeting a distribution spree to other Asian countries, probably to open up to new markets as well as to showcase Filipino artists abroad. the music videos of Toni’s new album was also said to have been directed by Paul Soriano.

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One Response to “Toni Gonzaga All Me Album”

  • anna says:

    saw this from

    Trying too hard, yet not hard enough

    All Me
    Toni Gonzaga
    Star Records

    It is indeed a bold move for singer Toni Gonzaga to step out of her comfort zone and come up with an all-English album targeted for release in Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Korea, Japan Taiwan and Hong Kong.

    With the album, dubbed All Me, proudly claiming to be “Manila’s answer to Asian Pop,” Ms. Gonzaga gave herself a very lofty target.

    After hearing the 13-track album released by Star Records however, one would feel sorry that her attempt — brave and commendable as it is — is such a pathetic failure.

    The title track, “All Me,” is an electro-flavored dance track that has Korean pop (or K-pop) written all over it. The song sounds a bit like “Fire,” the debut single by Korean girl group 2NE1 released last year.

    Of course, one can only assume that album’s producers thought it clever to include a K-pop derivative to appeal to K-pop fans around the world. But why would a K-pop fan listen to a Filipino singer do K-pop when there is a wide variety of very talented Korean musical acts who can do a much better job?

    Still, count on Filipinos to come up with a fairly decent knock-off that sounds like the real thing. “All Me” greatly benefits from the able musical arrangement of Brian Cua and Arnold Buena.

    However, musical arrangement can only do so much when you have crappy lyrics. In the end, this listener wished he could completely delete the vocal tracks in order to enjoy the song better.

    Considering that the rest of the album features an all-ballad lineup, the inclusion of “All Me” would lead listeners to believe that the dance track was just a last-minute addition.

    From among the ballads, “Say You Love Me” stands out as the best. The melody is simple and definitely radio-worthy. However, the musical arrangement allows the backup vocals to outshine Ms. Gonzaga’s voice which is completely drowned out in the song’s chorus. Towards the end of the song, her voice is completely unrecognizable and her talent totally wasted.

    Adding insult to injury is the remix of “Say You Love Me” which appears as track 11 of the album. The remix adds male vocals credited to a certain JM. In this version, Ms. Gonzaga is completely thrown off the bus. She becomes the guest vocalist in a song in her own album as the remix becomes a duet between JM and a backup vocalist named Chiara Cataran. It is unfortunate that someone like Ms. Gonzaga, who is already on her fifth album, is still so naãve as not to know when she is being taken for a ride.

    The remix is one of four “fillers” to make it appear that the CD contains more songs. The album has two interludes: “Love Me — Interlude” as Track 3, and “Autumn Love Interlude” as Track 6. Both are nonsense.

    The other filler is the second version of “Only with You” — the song appears in track two as the “radio edit,” and in track 13 as the “full edit.”

    In fairness, “Only with You” is okay. But if you are a singer aiming to conquer the global charts, having an “okay” song is simply not enough. Same is true for “Can’t Help Myself,” which, while having all the qualities of being a hit locally, does not carry the global appeal that will make it a hit elsewhere.

    Ms. Gonzaga tried to achieve that global appeal by including a duet with Malaysian singer-songwriter Hazami. But the song, “Come Back to Me,” regrettably does not have an effective melody to make it truly inspiring and memorable. The duet sounds awkward, woeful, and is just a waste of everybody’s efforts.

    But the award for the worst song in the album goes to the fifth track, “It Had to Be You.” It does not have anything special to separate it from the other ballads in the CD. It also carries the same melody as the rest, and the lyrics are just plain horrible.

    Part of the song goes: “How can I erase a beautiful rainbow? And how can I resist seeing you tomorrow? When this love has nowhere to go? When your heart belongs to someone I know? I’ll even be glad just to be sad thinkin’ of you.” How cheesy. How stupid.

    Then there is the packaging.

    The album claims to be the first-ever “album magazine” released. But as soon as you leaf through the pages of Ms. Gonzaga’s “magazine,” you cannot help but be reminded by Regine Velasquez’s 1999 multi-platinum album R2K, which also came with a full-color glossy magazine.

    In Ms. Velasquez’s case, the magazine was well conceptualized — filled with fashion pictorials and photographs that featured the singer and her vision as an artist (although there were claims then that Ms. Velasquez copied the butterflies featured in her album from American diva Mariah Carey).

    Ms. Gonzaga’s magazine is poorly executed and lacks creativity. It appears as a hodge-podge of beauty shots set in poor graphics. The accompanying DVD features five music videos which are, unfortunately, unappealing. They appear to have been rushed and are devoid of any outstanding concept. They do not even have title cards to identify each track. Towards the fifth video, one can sense that Ms. Gonzaga was tired and was just going through the motions. In the end, it was a sad case of biting off more than you can chew.

    If All Me is what it claims to be — “Manila’s answer to Asian Pop” — then we all have to look for another reply. Asian pop, or K-Pop for that matter, succeeded in the world music stage by staying true to what it is — and not trying to appear as something which it is not.

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