It’s been a while since we have heard a new album from Gloc-9. The last one that was released was “Talumpati” (speech) under Sony music and since for all of us knew already that Sony closed it’s doors already, the question is how will the next album be released?
alas, Universal Records opened it’s doors to the cunning linguist and behold, his new album was released entitled “Mga Kwento ng Makata” (the stories of the poet)
If you think the collaborations from his previous albums were heavy, this has got to be the all-star album collaboration from him yet. With acts like Bamboo, Ebe Dancel and Ian Tayao just to name a few, this album packs a solid punch and his greatest work as of to date. My personal favorite before was Matrikula but after the release of MNKM, it goes down to second. Either way, it’s still from Gloc-9.
I got the album via digital purchase, the first one was Rico Blanco’s Galactick Fiestamatick which i’ll also be doing a review soon. I have to say listening to it in advance before it came out of stores was worth it. I’ll be getting as well a physical copy of the album.
Here’s a breakdown of the tracks:
1. Balak ni Syke - The usual intro on almost all of his albums, it starts of with spoken words from syke. Catchy line would be “Kapag may alak, may balak”
2. Apatnapungbara (feat. Ian Tayao) - This is what im interested to listen to at first. Rock meets rap, this is the start of the songs in the album. Unfortunately for me, it comes a little weak. But then again, there are still alot of tracks i can listen to.
3. Silup (Feat. Denise Barbacena) – Now this picks up the slow pace of the first song, it talks about that not all policemen are what we use to know (corrupt, bullies, etc.) i got slow on the wordplay on the title of this one. Denise’s voice also stands out on this track. Must listen
4. Alalay ng Hari (Feat Allan Mitchell Silonga) – This song talks about how he’s only the assistant of the late king or Philippine rap Francis Magalona, He always reminds each and everyone that he will not be the next king, rather only an assistant and a solid fan.
5. Sirena (Feat. Ebe Dancel) - The carrier single of the album, it features the voice of Ebe Dancel and true enough, this has been a solid collaboration as well. It doesn’t talk about mermaids under the sea but those who are in the… how should i put this into right words without offending them… uhm… just listen to the song and the meaningful lyrics
6. Hindi mo nadinig (Feat. Jay Durias) - Another slow song, it talks about real love and how real love can make or break a person. From the love song lyrics inspired from the start, things get ugly as the song finishes.
7. Sino (filler) – an album filler which takes after on before the next gem of the album
8. Salarin (feat. Bamboo Mañalac) – Yup another collaboration that have never crossed my mind on how will it turn out. The result: another must listen tracks on the album and possibly the next single. Hearing Bamboo’s voice and combining it with gloc rap delivery, this has been looping on my iPod touch as well.
9. Inday (Feat. Cathy Go) - Talks about the dreams of inday that she wants to attain and the harsh reality of it.
10. Bakit Hindi (Feat. Billy Crawford) - Another example of pulling off 2 different genre’s that blends in perfectly. Talks about when not to give up and anything is possible.
11. Malakas (Filler 2) – Another filler feat. the chipmunk voices of Chito Miranda and Gloc 9
12. Pison (Feat. Chito Miranda) - Autotune anyone? This track is heavily digitized and still nice to listen to.
13. Thankful (Feat. Michelle Baay and Bambu) - Nope, this is not the Bamboo on the earlier track of the album and the only english track on the album. Nice song to close the album… or is it?
14. Hari ng Tondo (Feat. Denise Barbacena) – And they are back again, this has got to be my personal favorite track from the album and song as 2011 ended. Nice touch!
15. Kung Tama Siya (Feat. Jaq Dionisio) - This one was released initially as a free single and a part of Rock Ed Rizal. Patriotism at it’s best
The album stands out and a top contender for one of the best albums locally made this year. Must get for this year. This is just what we need to lift up the local music scene.
I’ll give it a 5 out of 5