Artist : Noel Cabangon
Genre : Pop
Date of Released : 2014
If you are to hold on to the magic that “Kanlungan” had, then you might be in for some disappointments in this tribute record of Noel Cabangon for the iconic Pinoy group, The Apo Hiking Society. This is not the first the group had a tribute album, decades ago, there were two and were quite successful as it was a compilation of Apo’s hits rendered by different artist in different musical genre. So, what is wrong in this tribute album?
The moment you finish listening “Awit ng Barkada” you feel that the song was bastardized enough that in some parts of the song, he delivered with gay innuendos (the bali bali of boses somewhere made the song sung by Vice Ganda.) This leads to a suspicion that Apo Hiking Society songs are mean t to be delivered by bands or groups not by solo artists. This is why those Apo songs rendered by Parokya ni Edgar, Itchyworms, Kamikaze, and Sponge Cola for example works undoubtedly.
Many of Apo Hiking Society’s songs are romantic in nature thus, it deserve someone with a voice that complements with songs about love and romance. Noel just don’t have that voice, his voice is good only for protest songs. This album just proved this voice limitation of his. Thus, many of the songs in this album ended like being performed in a street corner delivered by a videoke addict. It is a pity that “Yakap sa Dilim”, “Pag-ibig,” and “Nakapagtataka” were good songs and ended up like unfinished songs in this record. And this is the reason why he worked magically with “Batang Bata Ka Pa”; the song just has the same feel and context with his “Kanlungan.”
As a whole, it is a boring album, it could be due to reason that acoustic records have become passé at the moment. Or is just too much to have another acoustic album capitalizing on previous successful records of any popular OPM artist. I rate this record 1.5 stars out of 5 stars.
1 star = Ignore it
2 stars= risk it
3 stars = borrow or buy it
4 stars = buy it and keep it
5 = buy, keep, and treasure it