Thursday, March 10, 2011

CD Review: Charmaine Clamor's 'Something Good'

Something Good

As a follow-up to My Harana: A Filipino Serenade (Freeham, 2008), Charmaine Clamor is back once again with a stellar set of music. However, this time, she sheds the more traditional elements. Instead, Charmaine takes on pop-jazz-soul standards with the uppity "Feelin' Stevie," the laid-back "Every Single Moment," the Latin-focused "The Farther You Go," and the bluesy "Sweet Spot". Unlike previous albums, Something Good is mostly sung in English, because after-all, Charmaine is a Filipino-American. Her voice seemed to mature nicely for the music, whether it is called blues, pop, Latin, roots, or folk. Names aside, the music speaks for itself. Interestingly, the entire CD packaging is 100% recyclable. Thankfully, it should not come to that for listeners. Charmaine is right about one thing...and it is definitely 'something good.' ~ Matthew Forss

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