My Harana: A Filipino Serenade by Charmaine Clamor is a collection of Filipino love songs. But is not one of those tasteless albums of faux passion and synthesized strings, which are all too common in countries outside the U.S. Instead, there's a warm, Brazilian ballad feel to Clamor's vocal passion and interpretation. Her voice is genuine, and her timbre shimmers with fragrant beauty. I do not speak Filipino, so the lyrics are lost on me. But you sense instantly what Clamor is singing about, and you realize she is a gorgeous singer. She's that good. Clamor is backed by Richard Ickard on acoustic guitar and a range of stringed instruments.
by Marc Myers, for Jazzwax, NOVEMBER 15, 2009
POSTED ON NOVEMBER 15, 2009