The Spinners

♪ Nakapagtataka (Hajji Alejandro, 1979, Rachel Alejandro, 1991) ♪

In Dodo Dayao, OPM, Pop, Richard Bolisay, Track Reviews on December 15, 2010 at 5:20 am

Gladys Knight will tell you, being trapped in a loveless relationship is a bitch. Hajii Alejandro takes the old romantic trope and pulls back. The doo doo chorus girls egg him on to break down, but he holds everything in. No one has mastered the trick of making a love song emote, but Hajii does it here. Briefly. Then loses it forever. The saddest OPM ballad. Ever.

– Dodo Dayao

Rachel’s take on her dad’s signature song is every bit sappy, every bit pressed, and every bit enunciated, but that’s what time does. If nothing happens in the years between then it becomes pointless. It’s longer by a minute—a six-freaking-minute pop single—but Rachel lets it linger because she has all the time in the world to wallow. Which means she has opportunities to do vocal calisthenics, to up the ante, to fail. She’s in amazing control of her voice, quivering at times, but solid from start to finish. Hajji has some girls working for him in the chorus whereas Rachel runs the powerhouse by herself, belting tenderly, letting her own personality seep through with bursts of Wala na! Wala na ‘kong maramdaman, nailing it, crushing it. She’s truly in for the kill. Two lovers’ point of view, a man and a woman, father and daughter, Frank and Nancy, one song, two greatest hits.

– Richard Bolisay


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