ALBUM REVIEW : JOURNEY : THE
ARTIST : KYLA
GENRE : POP / R AND B
DATE OF RELEASED : 2014
This album can be considered as a comeback record for her considering the length of hiatus that she took after getting married. Staging a comeback is like flipping a coin; either you win or you lose. Your chance is dependent on how music fans miss your music or how good your comeback record is. This is the idea that this review will focus on; has Kyla made a successful comeback with this record?
The album begins well with “”Kunwa -Kunwari Lang” which has a jazzy beat and breezy ambience. The song sets the tone of the whole album which is part reflection and part celebration. You will not associate her own “Journey” song with that of Lea Salonga as hers is much better in terms of beat but inferior when it comes to lyrics.
Considering that she is recently married, “Dito Na Lang” is quite atrocious being included in this record. However, this is probably one of the most emotional song she has ever done. You can really feel the longing and sadness of her emotion in this song. “I Got This” is celebratory in nature and can also be treated as empowerment anthem for the female population.
“My Heart” might be a wedding gift soft however, there is nothing great about it. It is supposed to be emotionally endearing but it cannot compete with songs like David Pomeranz’s “Born For You,” Basil Valdez’s “You,” and even N-Sync’s “This I Promise You.” The song can be a nice piece for talent shows. “Atin Lang Ang Pag-Ibig” again showed her vocal versatility; she can shift her voice from one musical genre to another.
The song “You Are Not Alone” began with a familiar strain similar to Whitney Houston’s “I’m Every Woman.” And the problem in this song did not end there, it seems that Jay R and she doesn’t have the right chemistry performing together. The song needs a male vocalist that has a booming voice to complement the shrilly voice of Kyla in this record. As to the closing song in this album, had it not been for its good musical arrangement, “Salbabida” would have ended as a novelty song. It has a good melody; however, the excellent musical arrangements were wasted as the song lyrics is quite weird equating and alluding love with a life vest (salbabida.) The song would have rank up there with Regine Velasquez’s “Dadalhin Kita Sa Aking Palasyo.”
Aside from some good songs in this record, add good points included are; it is loaded with original compositions instead of remakes and cover versions which most Filipino artists are fond of doing these days and Kyla’s vocals seems to have improve if not maintained. Since this is a successful comeback album, I rate this record 3.5 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