ALBUM REVIEW    :           THE MASTER OF SOUL

ARTIST                      :           THOR DULAY

GENRE                      :           POP

DATE RELEASED   :           2014

One of the finalists in the first edition of The Voice and part of the perks having reached that stage is of course a record deal.  He is no longer strange with having a record of his own as prior to that reality show, he already did released an album and contributed a soundtrack of one of Vic Sotto’s movie.  Thus, one can surmised that he should know the kind of record that would do good for him.

The reality show made a lot of people rediscovered Thor Dulay and his amazing talent.  He has this wonderful vocal pipe that made him easy to shift from one musical style to another. In this record, as the title suggested, the producers believed that he could very exploit his vocals and charm by delivering soulful songs.  This is where the problem started.

Some of the songs selected were too pop for his own good that despite stamping his own personality, he just could not nailed it effectively.  For example, the song “I Miss You” lack soulful lyrics in the first place and secondly the melody is too bubblegum pop.  He tried to amend this mistake by doing a take on Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing.”  Again, he failed as he choose to do it as you would have imagine Martin Nievera doing his own version of this song.  The expected soaring vocal was just not there; it was a safe performance.

Since this is supposed to showcase his masterful and soulful delivery of power ballads, there is lots of expectations on his take on any James Ingram song.  Well, the result is quite mixed; he tried to avoid being a James Ingram copycat but as a result, he did a “forced” rendition thus, the kind of emotion that was elicited in the original version was absent.  While there is a certain vocal harmony between Thor and Radha, you just cannot feel the chemistry between them.  They failed to show the elated emotion of finally having found someone.

After listening to first four English songs, it is a break to hear Tagalog songs starting with the Regine Velaszquez hit “Kung Maibabalik Ko Lang.”  He avoided the soaring vocals the original version had and replaced it heavy emotion of longing which was not found in Regine’s version.  With that, you would be willing to explore on how he will fare with other Tagalong songs in this record; “Bakit Kung Sino Pa” would have been better if he turned it more jazzy since some portions of his version has jazz elements; “Paano Ko Sasabihin” would have been perfect had it been that the producer of this album treated the song with a symphony or orchestra instead of the usual musical background OPM songs have; “Di Nagpaalam” would have been a good song had it took “Someone Like You” route which is pure piano music background which made “Kung Wala Na Tayo” a very passionate song by just focusing a single instrument as music background, in this case, the guitar; “Di Na Maibabali” is your usual filler song to just to complete the album;”Ikaw Na Lamang” showed that he can deliver soulful melodies like Basil Valdez once did during his heydays.

As a whole, this a superior effort compared with most current OPM albums at present.  Yes, he can be soulful provided that he chooses the right songs and complemented with good musical background.  I rate this record 3 stars out of 5 stars.

Ratings Description:

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

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