Perfectly imperfect Sarah

CHANGE is inevitable. And Sarah Geronimo (SG) handles it better than others. 

The Popstar Princess returns with a new album and a vibrant new sound with the prevailing sounds of today.

The new album describes exactly where Sarah is musically these days—where she’s all about trying new things, sounds and experiences—in order to arrive at an end product she can be proud of, which in turn, she can share with her loyal followers. She’s also sure that the new album might turn a few heads, but that’s ok, as Sarah’s all about letting her inner self show.

Hence the title Perfectly Imperfect.

At the onset, the change is noticeable as the singer chooses to be on the electronic dance music (EDM) track as one of the strong singles off the album. “Kilometro” has a mid-tempo that can hook listeners to the tune. It embraces both RnB and pop with just the right dash of EDM to make it sizzle. Fans would be prepared for this as SG had already given them a taste with “Ikot Ikot,” but then she raises it to another level with this catchy EDM-laced track.

From there, it just keeps getting better. Still in RnB pop mode, SG delivers another keyboard drenched cut in “Dulo,” a track written by Thyro Alfaro (of Philpop fame) that delivers more of that “now” sound. An infectious piano lick at the start is the perfect launch pad for Sarah’s excellent singing that eventually reaches a crescendo when Sarah intones the chorus of “Narating na ba natin ang dulo? Parang di pa maamin ng puso” to which makes one wonder: where is she pulling all this from. Our guess is that it all boils down to skills.

Obviously, Sarah is just at the beginning of another chapter in her music career. As she rings one great song after another,  she pulls another one in the huge sounding “Bangon.” Within the framework of echoing beats and tasty keyboards, she waxes a tale of hope in the face of heartbreak. It’s a strong song  right from the start that just keeps rising as it goes.

Cooling down a notch, Sarah takes it easy with the acoustic sounds of “This Fight,” a light, acoustic guitar driven song written by Viva Records singer-songwriter Kito Romualdez. Then there’s “In Your Hands,” a hopeful tune that all of us could relate to. As every now and then, we all need a song of positivity to latch onto. Slow to mid-tempo ballads like “Kung Sabagay”  and “Minamahal” reminds us where Sarah’s musical style came from and compared to past SG hits, these tunes could hold their own.

But the coup de grace in this set is the trio of songs helmed by Canadian music producer Adam Hurstfield. Having produced tracks for international hit artists like Ne-Yo, Backstreet Boys, Super Junior and Def Leppard among others, Hurstfield brought a Top 40 sheen to Sarah’s sound.

With a song like “Bulletproof,” it is evident that SG’s voice is at the same world-class level as the acts that Hurstfield has worked with before. Then there’s the title track “Perfectly Imperfect,” which brings this album into perspective. It just says that our very own Popstar Princess is ready for the world stage.

All these and a bonus track in the rap-pop track “Last Night Of Our Lives” featuring North American rap artist Celeb complete SG’s latest offering. Change is inevitable goes the saying. If said change is this good, then bring it on! 

The Perfectly Imperfect album promotions will entail a series of mall shows that will see the “Ikot-Ikot” singer tour the Ayala Malls. These shows, more like mini-concerts, kicked off on Oct. 4 at Fairview Terraces followed by shows at Market-Market (Oct. 10), Harbor Point (Oct. 11). She will be at the Ayala Mall in Cebu (Oct. 18), Centrio Mall in Cagayan De Oro (Oct. 25), and at Marquee Mall in Pampanga on the Oct. 31.

The new Sarah Geronimo album is released by Pinoy pop music label Viva Records.

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