Charice, "Charice"

79 Billboard Rating

This young lady can definitely sing. That's the first impression that hits home as you listen to the 18-year-old Filipino sensation--and Oprah Winfrey fave--belt her heart out. Charice is making waves with catchy dance-pop single "Pyramid" (featuring fellow newcomer Iyaz), and also in that vein on her self-titled debut are noteworthy pop tracks "Reset," "Nobody's Singin' to Me" and "Nothing," whose vocal arrangements deftly showcase Charice's formidable chops. The big-voiced singer calls to mind a younger version of Whitney Houston, Christina Aguilera and Celine Dion on soaring ballads about love and life, notably "In This Song" and "Note to God." But the set's stylistic shifts--from teen-oriented pop to a touch of rock ("In Love So Deep") to anthemic ballads--ultimately leaves you wondering just which audience Charice is eyeing: her teen peers or their moms. Though it doesn't hit on all cylinders, the album leaves no doubt as to Charice's talent--and promising future.

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