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Noel Cabangon – Tuloy ang Byahe (Album Review)

Published on June 15, 2012

Noel Cabangon Tuloy ang Byahe album art

Covering old songs has become a trend the past few years. Artists and recording labels have been rehashing and reviving songs. Some believe that this is because those songs have worked in the past and that there is little reason that they should not work today. And then there are those who treat song covers as an art form. In his latest album Tuloy ang Byahe, Noel Cabangon continues to prove that he is one of the latter.

Noel has chosen to cover songs from a wide range — from the uber-popular and much-covered Ryan Cayabyab classic Tuwing Umuulan at Kapiling Ka to songs that virtually nobody of the today’s younger generation has heard of like Lagi na Lang and Joey’s Theme (Umaga na Naman). Noel has also pushed for two songs in a regional language to be included, namely the Visayan folk song Usahay and an original composition Sika Laeng Iti Biag.

In Kahit Na, Noel lends a more bossa nova feel to the song once popularized by Zsa Zsa Padilla. The fresher and more relaxed arrangement frames Noel’s vocals and makes the song sweeter without being too weepy. Iduyan Mo goes for a calmer arrangement, maximizing its romantic earnestness and featuring a return to the song’s innate beauty. Noel again works with rapper Gloc 9 as they update the Hotdogs song Manila to better reflect the Manila of today.

Noel also knows how and when to stay faithful to the original like in Freddie Aguilar’s Anak, which he says is almost as perfect as a song can be. In his rendition of Rey Valera’s Malayo Pa ang Umaga, Noel shines as the expert musician-slash-storyteller that he is. You almost want to sigh with him by the end of the song. He shares that he practically broke down after recording the track in the studio.

The original Pumapatak ang Ulan, written and popularized by the APO Hiking Society, is a gem of genius in itself with a very playful vibe. Listening to Noel’s re-envisioning of the rain-like pitter-patter pace in his version is downright amusing once you get over the fact that he has given a new flavor to a song that we have been married to all our lives.

Overall, the songs included in Noel Cabangon‘s Tuloy ang Byahe seem to have been chosen not because they were great when they became popular, but because they are still great even after decades have passed. And Noel as sincerely as he can wants to share these OPM greats with today’s generation, giving the last track of the album a more poignant air as he sings, “Tatanda at lilipas din ako ngunit mayroong awiting iiwanan sa inyo.”

Verdict: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Buy the album here.

Listen to a preview of Tuloy ang Byahe below.

Executive Producer: Kathleen Dy Go
Produced by: Noel Cabangon
Production Supervision: Ito Rapadas
All songs arranged by Noel Cabangon except
- Manila by Fred Garcia
- Umaga na Naman by Alkemi Productions

1. Tuwing Umuulan at Kapiling Ka
2. Anak
3. Kahit Na
4. Kailan
5. Malayo Pa ang Umaga
6. Ikaw Lang ang Aking Mahal
7. Usahay
8. Huwag Mong Sabihin
9. Sika Laeng Iti Biag
10. Paano
11. Lagi na Lang
12. Iduyan Mo
13. Pumapatak ang Ulan
14. Manila
15. Joey’s Theme (Umaga na Naman)
16. Handog

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Justin Gabriel is just like the rest of the world. He has a lifetime of experience as a music lover. Perhaps what sets him apart from most is that his whole being is so engrossed in enjoying pop music that he really breaks into song from time to time. With his college education in UP-Diliman as a Creative Writing Major, his background in dancing, and his pure passion for music, he set up  his own music blog to share his understanding of and to learn about other people’s appreciation of music.

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  1. Posted by Jonha | SavingisSexy on June 16th, 2012, 02:12 [Reply]

    The world needs to listen more to these types of music. REAL Music. Not the kind of pop songs we get to hear for these days. I really feel sorry for this generation. All they hear are never close to REAL music.

  2. Posted by Franc Ramon on June 16th, 2012, 11:08 [Reply]

    I like the selection in the album. His cool voice does compliment the stay at home rainy weather.

  3. Posted by Vic on June 16th, 2012, 13:03 [Reply]

    It’s time for Filipinos to start embracing our own music. As far as I know, Filipino music are meaningful and even teenagers can get golden lessons on their lyrics.

  4. Posted by Fervil on June 17th, 2012, 05:10 [Reply]

    I’m always been a big fan of Noel Cabangon. :)
    He’s one of the best progressive musicians in the Phil.

  5. Posted by Manuel Garcia on June 17th, 2012, 19:06 [Reply]

    Because of blogging, watching TV and listening music is not my hobby anymore. Actually, I don’t know what’s happening in the industry now. But, thanks for the share.

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