More than a year ago, Gloc 9 treated us with a new album along with his transfer to a new recording company (since as of this writing, we all knew what happened to Sony Music Philippines) and we were treated with “Mga kwento ng makata” under universal music. If i can remember correctly, i said that this album was a contender for album of the year and it did.
Fast forward to 2013, Gloc 9 unleashes a new album entitled “Liham at Lihim” and again, we are treated to an all-star collaboration album, which is what he was doing ever since. I got a copy of the physical album and upon playing the disc i was treated to a new gem and definitely a keeper album for this year.
Let’s go with the tracks shall we?
Huminahon Ka (ft. Sly Kane) - A slow song to start the album, powerful lyrics most specially in the chorus part. Perfect to start the album
Takipsilim (ft. Regine Velasquez-Alcasid) - Now this is a collaboration i never imagined to happen. We have on one side, one of the influential rappers to date while on the other side, we have the Asia’s songbird… and it sounds nice. You have to listen to it as i can’t describe it on words.
KMT ft. Eunice Jorge Of Gracenote - Finally, the third track picks up the beat a little faster, is it me or the beat reminds me of Sirena that was present on the previous album?
Magda ft. Rico Blanco - Gloc 9 has this habit of collaborating with artists from the alternative scene. Previously we had Dex of letter day story, Ebe of the now defunct band Sugarfree, Chito of Parokya ni Edgar and Aia de leon just to name a few and this time, he took out Rico Blanco for the collaboration and as he mentioned upon the release of this single, this is in tribute to Magdalena of Freddie Aguilar (hence the title Magda) As always, this song has this powerful message just like Sirena and an eye opener to the listeners bout the story of Magda. Powerful single and i agree that this should be the first single to the album.
Rap Ka Nga - The first part of the vocals could be Marc Abaya (i’m not sure though as they sound the same) and yeah, speaking of sounding familiar, of you have already heard the track “Secret Weapons” from the latest album of Chicosci (another rockin’ album by the way) The lines and verses were taken from that song. “Halika dito tayo magbilang sa dilim”
Kwento Mo ft. Glocnine - One of my favorite tracks in the album because of the heavy guitar riffs, pumping basslines and yeah, this is the alternative Gloc 9 that i would like to hear more on his future songs. Not to compare with the late master rapper but upon listening to this track, you’ll notice some of the styles may have a resemblance but not most of it, since Gloc has this unique style that sets him differently from the master rapper and thus making him unique.
Tsinelas sa putikan (ft. Marc Abaya) - Now this is another slow song this time collaborating with Marc Abaya. The intro kinda sounds a little like Magda, only slower. Kinda makes you slow down a bit on the album.
Siga (ft. Quest) - It’s quest and Gloc… nuff said! Sinong siga dyan? hehehe!
Hindi Sapat (ft. Denise Barbacena) - Was expecting another pumped-up track like Silup or Hari ng tondo but to my surprise, i was greeted with a slow song giving tribute to all the mother’s out there. Ad you know what, another song that has powerful and strong lyrics that will let you thank your mother even more. Kudos!
Katulad Ng Iba (ft. Zia Quizon) – Already heard this song before the album was released (this is known as the anti-bullying song) Zia Quizon’s voice is soothing to the ears and pair it up with the smooth rapping flows of Gloc 9 and you have another powerful song that delivers a powerful message as well.
Kunwari (ft. Kamikazee, Biboy Garcia Of Queso and Manuel Legarda of Wolfgang) – Now that’s what i’m talking about! rocking noiiiissse! This is what you get when you collaborate with Kamikazee, Manuel Legarda and Biboy of Queso… Which reminds me, it’s been almost 6 months since the last elections and did you took the advice of the song?
Itak Ni Andres – I’m betting on that this will be included on the Rock Ed tribute album to Andres Bonifacio, great way to end the album.
Overall, this album is nice to pickup though personally, i felt some tracks were a bit lacking on one point. I was expecting a pumped-up track since as we all know, Marc Abaya has the energy and Gloc 9 has the same intensity that can match Marc’s energy. Another one was with the collaboration with Denise Barbacena but don’t get me wrong, these are only my personal opinions. Maybe in the future singles perhaps, my wishes can be granted? heheeh!
Nevertheless, Liham at Lihim still delivers the messages that Gloc 9 wants the listeners like us to understand. Oh and yeah, i’m waiting for an album that has the Freeman-esque style to it (a full band with rocking songs backing him up) that would be a sure fire album seller!
I’ll give this one a 4.5 out 5. Not a strong one as his previous albums, but definitely a must pickup.