Image courtesy of Wide Eyed Records manila
The last time we heard these guys, we were infected with their tunes like Themesongs, Tsuper Duper and danced to Patintero and Sa Madaling Salita. Now, their much awaited follow-up to Themesongs has been unleashed and truly, it was worth the wait.
Tama na ang Drama, the band’s latest album is now available at their gigs, via Wide Eyed Records online and Fully Booked High Street at the moment though there is still no word on whether it will be available on your favorite record bars and i do hope that this happens soon as for me this is a must buy for you out there.
Ok, so the album consists of 15 tracks and 1 hidden track. The cover above looks somewhat unique to those out there in the market. Though there are no inlay sleeve, no lyrics sheet (though as i asked their drummer and a good friend of mine if there would be lyrics available to the public, his answer was it will be available online soon) so we can all sing along to the songs in the album.
Here’s a rundown of the tracks:
Iyong – This track was made available a few days before the actual album launch and you can hear in thir track the heavy guitar riffs, catchy lyrics and in totality, deserves to be one of the singles in the album.
Wala Lang – Second track that still features Selena on vocals, Reminds me of their old tracks from their first album. Another strong track.
Baliktad – Owel is back on vocals on this one. The track starts of slow and right in the middle, it changes it’s tempo and up till the end. One short track yet something worth listening to…. i liked the progression on the start of the ”O…. aking sinta…..” line
Pait - This time, the album goes on a slow one… parap-pap parara raappp
Nakauwi Na - I’ve been hearing this way before the release of the album and the moment i started listening to it, i said crap, this is one nice song and i would love to hear this one over and over again and lo and behold, it’s included in the album. One of the gems in the album and for Shirley as well as this proves that OPM is not really dead at all.
Polygonal Graphs - Honestly, up to this point, i can still hear shades of Broken Social Scene on the album and this track haunts me of their style. Another track worth listening to.
Saan Na - Another short track, liked the solo part
Distansya - Slow track with sax right on track… slow, sweet and sexy if you ask me.
Glacier – The song starts slow and as the track progresses, you can hear the heavy guitar riffs then ends just like that. Another noteworthy track from the band
Acid Reflux - Low and behold, the band’s manager and member as well of the band does vocal duties on this one. The breakdown on the middle part reminds of a Santana guitar lead as well as the tempo makes me want to shout ole! Nicely done!
Single Bed – Is it me or this track reminds on the middle part of Cambio’s Call center song? another strong track you must listen to. Slide guitar leads? check on this track.
Ewan Ko - No, this is not the Soapdish track im telling you right away. Groovy track that only Shirley can deliver.
Di na babalik – Another gem on the album, this song was featured the indie file “Ang Nawawala” both Owel And Selena’s voice blends in perfectly. another strong single for the album.
Tama na ang drama – Acoustic track right down to the brush sticks that was used for the drums, this track also features some bass lines that fits the song as well.
Taksil - The last track on the album (or is it?) and a fitting end for the album. Again, listen closely to the lyrics and enjoy. Oh and listen to it up until the end to hear the hidden track im telling you which i still have no idea what’s the title of it.
Overall, this album proves the following points:
- OPM is not dead
- Shirley has evolved from their EP sessions to their debut album and up until this sophomore album
- You don’t need revivals to fill in your album
- No fillers needed
The wait is worth it. Even though there are some tracks that are least to my taste (i can count around 2-3 track only) still, i can definitely recommend the album to each and everyone out there. These are the kind of stuff that they should be playing on the airwaves instead of these (forgive me) k-pop songs that only some can understand. Good job on the album and if you will have the chance to grab the album, please do so.
I’ll give it an outstanding 5 out of 5 if you ask me even thought there shortcomings on some of the tracks.