Help pays off for Charice

Help pays off for Charice

It is no secret that Charice Pempengco is talented. Launched on YouTube, the Filipino singer, known only as Charice, shot to international fame after appearing on Ellen DeGeneres’ and Oprah’s talk shows. She later guest-starred on the television show Glee as Sunshine Corazon. Infinity, her second international album, shows that, though the 19-year-old deserves the critical acclaim, there’s still some way to go.

The album’s long list of writers and producers – including Bruno Mars, Kara DioGuardi, Jason Derulo, Nick Jonas and Natasha Bedingfield – is evidence of Charice’s success.

The collaborations largely pay off: highlights include Before It Explodes, written by Mars, and Lighthouse, by Bedingfield. These older artists give Charice a much-needed mature edge. Although she proves more than able to negotiate from pop to R&B and power ballads, she leaves us wanting a more distinct flavour.

Louder is an energetic dance tune in the style of Charice’s first self-titled international album. But its upbeat story of self-empowerment, one of many on the album, is such an overdone theme by younger artists that Charice could set herself apart by exploring a different subject.

Charice has the potential to go beyond teen pop; she just needs to make that step.

YP Rating: 3/5



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