The Spinners

Lapit (Yeng Constantino, 2009)

In Faye Balanon, OPM, Pop on January 23, 2010 at 9:40 am

Yeng Constantino’s second album Lapit stands out among a lot of OPM records released last year. Its main catch is that it features all original songs, most of them surprisingly good. It is produced by Raimund Marasigan and Buddy Zabala; and all the songs are penned by Constantino herself.

Considering her age, it is understandable that most of them are about unrequited love and frustration over a problematic relationship. “Takas” reminds me of Julian Hatfield’s first record as she sings Sayang, ako pa rin ang talo sa larong ito and also in “Wag Kang Magtanong” as she tells wittingly At lilipad ang ilusyon ko na ako pa rin ang iniisip-sip mo / Mali na ‘to. Her melodies are diverse enough to be engaging even on the first spin.

A talented singer-songwriter is rare in our country and it’s good to know that Marasigan and Zabala have recognized this in Yeng Constantino.

– Faye Balanon

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