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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

PlayBack: Parokya Ni Edgar – Pogi Years Old (Album)

10/22/2016 01:41:52 PM

Six years from releasing their eighth studio album, Parokya Ni Edgar is back with a bang in the country's music scene after releasing their latest all-original record titled Pogi Years Old.

You could argue that this band hasn't been following the suit of their peers in the 90s band explosion whom just went on to their respective career path, but that's Parokya what Ni Edgar's destined to be: the noble kind of rockers. And while they claimed they did not show any changes in musicality, it is undeniable that: 1) they didn't regress either; and 2) their songwriting has become a reflection of their age – lying low from the rockstar lifestyle and matured pieces of love byes (or even advises).

Perhaps there were quirks of improvement maturity in lyricism, despite some resemblances. Like for example, how Lagi Mong Tatandaan was quite similar to Halaga and Para Sa'yo in terms of story-telling despite using different approaches of points of view.

Somewhat, Vinci's vocals of Beautiful Girl was fittingly enough to consider an excellent Jose Mari Chan remake the Parokya way.

The album version of Hamon Ng Buhay was quite less dramatic compared to how Miranda made it as a soundtrack for the 2013 Metro Manila Film Festival winner 10,000 Hours; and with Paolo of Moonstar 88 doing bass on this (as well as three other tracks) showed fluidity and difference on their sound. Somewhat, done their signature way.

The collaborations between band vocalist them and Rico Blanco were exceptionally good with Sing and the medley Panahon Na Naman ng Harana.

For over an hour, this 21-track album is worth the long wait and the money spent. This is the band that doesn't need sort of revamp in sounds just to get the new generation of fans. Why?

Because they're simply Parokya Ni Edgar. That's why.

Verdict: 9

Author: slickmaster | © 2016 september twenty-eight productions

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