Taking Flight Review

OPMusikahan - August 2007OPMusikahan Review: Taking Flight

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Taking Flight
Artist: Sarah Geronimo
Record Label: Viva Records
Released: 2007

Concept & Design: 3.9 out of 5.0
Album Material: 4.9 out of 5.0
Sounds & Vocals: 4.4 out of 5.0
Total Rating: 4.4 out of 5.0

Finally, Sarah's most-awaited fourth studio album has arrived, and I can't be any happier to realize that this album, unlike its predecessor (Becoming), celebrates a full line of Original Pilipino Music (OPM)! Not only is the album filled with some of this year's most beautiful and well-crafted tracks, but it also showcases Sarah's vocal maturity.

Louie Ocampo pens a masterpiece with "I'll Be Alright," the album's carrier single. The message is so touching as it talks about Sarah's reassurance to her family that, now that she's all grown-up and ready to face a new world, she will truly be alright. Accompanied with a very simple tune, this song is something worthy of being called an instant classic.

Medwin Marfil of True Faith wrote the catchy song, "Ikaw," allowing Sarah to step into a unique musical genre that she surprisingly renders really well.

A revival of Bituin Escalante's "I'm Sorry" is the most challenging and powerful song in the album. Sarah starts off afinado and emotional, it almost makes you break down in tears. Towards the end, a few awkward nuances are noticeable, especially in the song's crescendo, where Sarah slightly falters as she attempts to reach the lung-busting notes. However, Sarah redeems herself with heartfelt lines in the end of the song that make you forgive her minute shortcomings.

Sarah's duet with Mark Bautista, "Time to Let Go," is so original that it's one to be compared to an international love song. Mark and Sarah's voices blend so well that you could feel the song's every single line.

Trina Belamide's "So" is simple yet deep in its meaning, an evident characteristic found in many of Ms. Belamide's love songs. Sarah renders the song very well and incorporates so much emotion that it goes right through the listener's heart.

"Close To My Heart" is the second composition of Louie Ocampo in the album. The song's melody is something that could literally cross borders and capture the hearts of avid listeners outside the country with its exceptional appeal.

Sarah breezes through the melodic shifts in another Trina Belamide composition entitled "What If I." The song has the makings of a potential hit.

Actor-turned-composer Chuckie Dreyfus contributes the album's upbeat track, "Miss," a surefire hit to the country's new generation of avid listeners with its modern, catchy beat and straightforward lyrics. Sarah shows her potential in songs of this caliber, evidently exposing her vocal versatility.

The inspiring "I'll Be Here" is so beautiful and heartwarming that it would be unfair not to find this song skyrocketing to the top of music charts and staying there for weeks. The emotion is indescribable, and Sarah's vocal shifts are very dramatic.

To lighten up a little, Sarah sings a simple and upbeat track by Drizzle Nuniz entitled "Mr. Deadma." Not only is the song another testimony of Sarah's potential in this musical genre, but its probability of becoming a hit (especially to the teenage crowd) is a no-brainer.

Chuckie Dreyfus' second contribution to the album is the emotional "Kahit Na." The beautiful song is a simple reminder to Sarah's fans that singing love songs is still where she hits home. The song puts the album to a dramatic close.

Sarah's fourth album is simply her best yet. The popstar princess has evolved so much vocal-wise that she's ready to become a full-fledged diva. All of the songs are unique and beautiful, it makes me proud to say that I favor them a thousand-fold over the supposedly "international" songs from Sarah's "Becoming" album.

However, there are a few notes to consider in this album. I have noticed in many of Viva's albums how awkwardly out-of-tune their backup vocalists are. There has to be something done to improve the quality of the backup vocals, otherwise, I regret to say that I'd rather listen to Sarah's songs without them.

Secondly, what is up with the concept of this album? Why the "Super Sarah" image? I was shocked and appalled by the said concept as I was expecting something completely different and elegant. If Viva was attempting to show a more mature Sarah, why not incorporate the diva image? The album cover, what with all the "super-energy" coming out of Sarah, is simply ridiculous.

In the end, it's not just the design that makes the album whole, but the songs that are in it. I must say that the superficial flaws of the album are easily put aside and forgiven by the quality of the songs, thanks to the album's exceptionally talented composers and songwriters.

Sarah is truly taking flight and ready to break out of her popstar princess image to become one of the country's newest certified divas.

Link: http://opmusikahan.blogspot.com/2007/08/re...ing-flight.html
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  • ChairCChairC Bungi Fanatic
    edited 5:49PM
    thanks for sharing SP - 26.jpg alt=':26sgShades:' ] ang taas ng rating! 19.jpg
  • edited 5:49PM
    nice article..

    love it!
  • edited 5:49PM
    Good score sa Sound & Vocals ha! Actually I was pretty impressed in the sound quality of the album. This is the best recording compared to her other albums. You'll really notice the separation of the instruments and the vocals. Hats off to Sarah and Viva on this album!

    Thanks for sharing.
  • AshYeLLowAshYeLLow Popster
    edited 5:49PM
    The inspiring "I'll Be Here" is so beautiful and heartwarming that it would be unfair not to find this song skyrocketing to the top of music charts and staying there for weeks. The emotion is indescribable, and Sarah's vocal shifts are very dramatic.

    I agree....sana ito ang maging 4th single, though like ko rin ang "time to let go" 14.jpg alt=':142sgThumb2:' ]

    Secondly, what is up with the concept of this album? Why the "Super Sarah" image?

    kasi po dream ni Sarah maging SUPER HERO! belats.jpg alt=':belats:' ] 13.jpg alt=':13bungi1:' ]

    thanks shouran for sharing spoton.gif
  • edited 5:49PM
    excellent review!!! spoton.gif alt=':T' ] this is one of the most objective reviews i've read so far by a non-sarah adik. hehe!

    the writer shared some of our sentiments about the off-beat concept of the "taking flight" theme, but he/she also pointed out that the songs make up the album, not the concept. how true. [img]https://sarahgeronimo.com/uploads/ipb/style_emoticons/legacy/smile.gif and if it weren't for sarah (with her beauty and captivating looks), i wouldn't pay as much attention to the in-lay. hehehe! thanks for sharing! wonderful! me likey![/img]sleazy.gif
  • edited August 2007
    ....thanks for sharing the article....

    simply superb, outrageously great... 19.jpg alt=':192sgO:' ] what else? unknw.gif
  • edited 5:49PM
    galing! 20.jpg alt=':20sgClap:' ]



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  • edited August 2007
    shouran potter wrote on Aug 29 2007, 08:31 PM:
    OPMusikahan Review: Taking Flight

    Finally, Sarah's most-awaited fourth studio album has arrived, and I can't be any happier to realize that this album, unlike its predecessor (Becoming), celebrates a full line of Original Pilipino Music (OPM)! Not only is the album filled with some of this year's most beautiful and well-crafted tracks, but it also showcases Sarah's vocal maturity.

    so agree. i'm glad she's staying away from the revival albums.

    hehe...ako din, hindi ko rin gets yung inlay concept. maybe we should holler direk paul b.
  • edited 5:49PM
    wow, good review! nice to hear from third party hehe biggrin.gif alt=':D' ] clapping.gif

    all songs are potential hit and should be released talaga. She is already a Diva in her own right and the album stamped her distinction from the rest of the champions who are most often lodging into revival hits.

    Congratz again Sarah, hope maka-multiple platinum ito, im sure pag na-release na ang second and third single nito, people would be more convinced to buy. *okay*
  • edited 5:49PM
    tnx po for sharing!!

    NICE!!galing galing...taas ng rating!

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  • JoeJoe
    edited 5:49PM
    Uy ang What if I, potential hit.... kaya dapat i release as a single!..... paging Viva..... and pareho kami ng observation sa album cover and leafs...
  • edited 5:49PM
    Thanks 4 sharing!! spoton.gif

    I dont think the album cover was that bad that he has to call it "Ridiculous".. laugh.gif alt=':lol:' ]
    But either way, it was a great review spoton.gif
    and good ratings.. smile.gif
  • edited 5:49PM
    Thanks for sharing this wonderful news!!! Very nice and detailed review.

    To Viva - if it’s not possible to release more than 3 songs as singles, maybe they can use some of them as theme songs for movies (e.g. I'm Sorry/I'll be Here/Mr. Deadma) or teleseryes (e.g. Kahit Na). As per the review given, most of the songs are really exquisitely made that it will be such a shame if it'll not be heard by everyone. Although I'd really love to hear the song 'What if I' played on the radio since it's a very friendly-radio track and I'm sure Sarah will capture other types of market listeners as well with this type of song!
  • edited 5:49PM
    20.jpg alt=':20sgClap:' ] good rating. 45.jpg

    thanks for sharing,,,
  • edited 5:49PM
    clap , clap....agree..nice review..i lyk it..i wanna ask lng po nde pa poh bah gold or platinum album ni Sarah?........... 10.jpg
  • leoleo
    edited 5:49PM
    ice_cryst wrote on Aug 29 2007, 10:40 PM:
    wow, good review! nice to hear from third party hehe biggrin.gif alt=':D' ] clapping.gif alt=':yey:' ]

    all songs are potential hit and should be released talaga. She is already a Diva in her own right and the album stamped her distinction from the rest of the champions who are most often lodging into revival hits.

    Congratz again Sarah, hope maka-multiple platinum ito, im sure pag na-release na ang second and third single nito, people would be more convinced to buy. *okay*

    i feel the same way sana katulad nung popstar dream come true nya na naka 6x platinum (tama ba? parang di ako fan 13.jpg )

    thanx for sharing....
  • edited 5:49PM
    lhalha asher wrote on Aug 30 2007, 08:55 AM:
    clap , clap....agree..nice review..i lyk it..i wanna ask lng po nde pa poh bah gold or platinum album ni Sarah?........... 10.jpg

    Onga. Baka may makapagbigay ng update regarding the status of the new album.
  • outriggeroutrigger One SG Force
    edited 5:49PM
    excellent review! full of praises bawat single. sarap namnamin ng bawat linya hehe.

    with regards to the album layout, siguro Viva just made it consistent with the whole SGIM theme (modern/futuristic look). even the Ikaw music video has the same concept. and it's all done by Paul Basinillo. biggrin.gif
  • edited 5:49PM
    tnx po 4 sharing
  • edited 5:49PM
    Thanks po for sharing

    20.jpg ayos ang rating
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