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Rica Arambulo

by Rica Arambulo

Amazingly soulful, intense, velvety rich voice that hits you straight in the heart. Less frills, down home goodness, dreamy keyboard based pop.personal, insightful writing that offers a glimpse into the artist's soul
Genre: Pop: Piano
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1. SUMMER'S HERE
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2. IKAW AT AKO PA RIN
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3. MISSING YOU
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4. FALLING
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5. SHOULD'VE BEEN ME
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6. IF YOU WERE MINE
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7. AMANDA
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8. DAHAN DAHAN
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9. HOLD OUT YOUR HAND
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10. SO DEMANDING
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11. SHOULD I STAY
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12. SAFE IN YOUR ARMS
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13. DAHAN DAHAN (RADIO EDIT)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Philippine-born RICA ARAMBULO has carved a special niche in pop music. The powerhouse singer-pianist has also been known for her work as keyboardist, musical director, and award winning composer-arranger.

Starting out as a classical piano wunderkind excelling at competitions, Rica also played drums, percussion, recorder, organ, and sang at the school choir. She obtained a bachelor’s degree (major in piano, minor in voice) cum laude at the University of the Philippines College of Music (UP). At the UP she was a Maria Mota scholar and was consistently awarded the highest grade in piano and music theory. She also studied composition and furthered her studies at Grove School of Music in Los Angeles, California.

Since her undergraduate years, Rica played keyboards in several bands. Since turning pro, she has done many live concerts, TV, and theater, as arranger, session keyboardist, vocalist, and musical director.

As songwriter, Rica co-wrote Dahan-dahan, To Be Near You, and Tender Kisses, which were all commercial hits. She placed third in the 1998 Metropop Festival, a nationwide songwriting competition, with her entry, You Make Me Smile. In 1999, she collaborated with Louie Ocampo and Wilbur Victoria on Baclaran the musical.

Rica released her self-titled debut CD under Viva/Cake records. The album shows another facet of her artistry - as singer. The 13-track album contains all-original compositions, mostly keyboard-based ballads (Ikaw at Ako Pa Rin, Dahan-dahan, Missing You, Should I Stay, Falling, Should’ve Been Me). The album strips away old formulas – less frills, all down-home goodness. The other songs dwell on the spiritual (Hold Out Your Hand, Safe In Your Arms), addiction (So Demanding), social issues (Amanda), the thrill of a summer getaway (Summer’s Here). Her musical influences range from classical to rock, R&B, jazz, new age, folk, and electronica. Several cuts on the CD have found their way to the FM stations. The album has been nominated twice at the 15th Awit Awards.

In 2003, Rica became the first Filipino recording artist-producer to grace the MIDEM 35th International Music Market in Cannes. Her cd is the first Philippine-produced cd to be sold at cdbaby.com, the world’s largest indie music website.

Together with her band, Rica has performed her originals at the Philippine International Jazz Festivals. She is currently completing tracks for her much-awaited follow-up studio album.

Rica admits that singing her own songs is one the most powerful means of musical expression. “And it happens to be the most fulfilling art form ever created.”

RICA ARAMBULO is a study in contrasts. Rica’s velvety rich vocals and virtuoso keyboards combines classic and contemporary, strength and femininity, tradition and modern edge. Like a gem cut to perfection, RICA ARAMBULO provides a refreshing alternative to the jaded music listener’s fare.

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Nova

simply soulful, sublime, ethereal.
Defining Rica Arambulo's music based solely on how this amazing collection of outstanding tracks is no easy task. For to classify her in a specific genre, or to assign a label , is to desecrate the very essence of her musicality. I guess it is thus, safer and more justifying to call her music as simply soulful, sublime, ethereal.

Each track is surprisingly, wonderfully different from one another and all captures the artists's varied musical influences while still maintaining a distinctly original sound. Anyone who dares call her music "pop" should clean out their ears. The songs are not prime candidates for anthem status, or as songs non-singer celebrities lip-synch to promote their flicks. Sure, if given more exposure, the songs are surefire commercial hits but it does not possess that certain quality that gives access for other artists to "murder" (read: cover) it. Each track is too beautiful that it's quite hard to imagine them being performed by other artists unless they are gifted enough to recapture that heart and soul that is in every song.

And gifted, precisely, is the word for Rica Arambulo. The word doesn't solely apply on her songwriting, but on her musical talents as well. Here, she plaas the piano, gives a hand at the arrangements, and of course, sings, giving each song more life and meaning. Her singing is both passionate and soulful, that when one listens, they hear not just crystal-clear ethereal voice singing a beautiful song; but a journey or a story, a thought or a feeling as well.

Each track is a standout. Not one song sounds like the other. She starts out with the perfect summer anthem "Summer's Here", a happy number that can very well be someone's perk-me-up morning song, or something you have on repeat during the long drive to say, those beautiful beaches in Bolinao or San Fabian in Pangasinan. (exactly what the song reminds me of actually)

It is followed by a series of songs to warm the heart and soothe the soul, perfect stuff to listen to during lazy, quiet afternoons or long nights. Beginning with the potential wedding theme "Ikaw at Ako Pa Rin", a lovely track that puts can put a smile on one's face even if devoid of a significant other. Then follows the poignant "Missing You", with it's killer melancholy lyrical imagery, juxtaposed with the joyful giddiness of finding love in "Falling", both superb songs that will surely make anyone's life soundtrack. After which we'll hear a couple of 'longing' tracks, one aptly titled "Should've Been Me" and "If You Were Mine". The former reflecting on someone you can't simply get over, the latter mooning over an unrequited love. "If You Were Mine", one of my most favorite tracks in the album, is a collaboration with another prolific singer/songwriter Viktoria. For some reasons, when I learned she (Viktoria) co-wrote the song, I thought it was quite obvious she had something to do with it. I guess her music has that distinct sound.

Anyway, next is the feminist "Amanda", with it's progressive lyrics and bob-your-head and sing-along vibe, followed by another collaboration with Viktoria, "Dahan-dahan". Now, this happens to be one of my all-time favorite OPM's, and it was great to hear an updated version that the old-school r&b sound of the original version recorded also by Viktoria, sounds like an entirley different song.

Then follows a songs that showcase Rica's musical versatility - from the inspirational ""Hold Out Your Hand", to the acid jazz-y (another favorite, I like it so much that I came up for a concept for an MTV) "So Demanding" and the emotional tug-of-war in "Should I Stay". Then my absolute favorite, the soothing, comforting sound of "Safe In Your Arms", which brings to mind the words fullfilment, peace and permanence. Hearing the song makes me look forward to that day when I'll achieve all those. It's just lovely.

Finally, this soulful musical journey-slash-storytelling ends with the radio edit (whatever that means) version of "Dahan-dahan", this time sans the piano. And it's just the perfect way to end this musical journey with. It's cool, relaxing and comforting, at the same time hip and happy one can't help but either sing or whistle along. Plus, it will also make you press that mode button of your cd player twice to "repeat all".

Do I now recommend this cd? is it worth buying? If you still don't get it, I have one word for ya: Duh.
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Nova

simply soulful, sublime, ethereal
Defining Rica Arambulo's music based solely on how this amazing collection of outstanding tracks is no easy task. For to classify her in a specific genre, or to assign a label , is to desecrate the very essence of her musicality. I guess it is thus, safer and more justifying to call her music as simply soulful, sublime, ethereal.

Each track is surprisingly, wonderfully different from one another and all captures the artists's varied musical influences while still maintaining a distinctly original sound. Anyone who dares call her music "pop" should clean out their ears. The songs are not prime candidates for anthem status, or as songs non-singer celebrities lip-synch to promote their flicks. Sure, if given more exposure, the songs are surefire commercial hits but it does not possess that certain quality that gives access for other artists to "murder" (read: cover) it. Each track is too beautiful that it's quite hard to imagine them being performed by other artists unless they are gifted enough to recapture that heart and soul that is in every song.

And gifted, precisely, is the word for Rica Arambulo. The word doesn't solely apply on her songwriting, but on her musical talents as well. Here, she plaYs the piano, gives a hand at the arrangements, and of course, sings, giving each song more life and meaning. Her singing is both passionate and soulful, that when one listens, they hear not just crystal-clear ethereal voice singing a beautiful song; but a journey or a story, a thought or a feeling as well.

Each track is a standout. Not one song sounds like the other. She starts out with the perfect summer anthem "Summer's Here", a happy number that can very well be someone's perk-me-up morning song, or something you have on repeat during the long drive to your favorite sumer spot.

It is followed by a series of songs to warm the heart and soothe the soul, perfect stuff to listen to during lazy, quiet afternoons or long nights. Beginning with the potential wedding theme "Ikaw at Ako Pa Rin", a lovely track that can put a smile on one's face even if devoid of a significant other. Then follows the poignant "Missing You", with it's killer melancholy lyrical imagery, juxtaposed with the joyful giddiness of finding love in "Falling", both superb songs that will surely make anyone's life soundtrack. After which we'll hear a couple of 'longing' tracks, one aptly titled "Should've Been Me" and "If You Were Mine". The former reflecting on someone you can't simply get over, the latter mooning over an unrequited love. "If You Were Mine", one of my most favorite tracks in the album, is a collaboration with another prolific singer/songwriter Viktoria.

Next is the feminist "Amanda", with it's progressive lyrics and bob-your-head and sing-along vibe, followed by another collaboration with Viktoria, "Dahan-dahan". Now, this happens to be one of my all-time favorite OPM's, and it was great to hear an updated version that the old-school r&b sound of the original version recorded also by Viktoria, sounds like an entirley different song.

Then follows a songs that showcase Rica's musical versatility - from the inspirational ""Hold Out Your Hand", to the acid jazz-y (another favorite, I like it so much that I came up for a concept for an MTV) "So Demanding" and the emotional tug-of-war in "Should I Stay". Then my absolute favorite, the soothing, comforting sound of "Safe In Your Arms", which brings to mind the words fullfilment, peace and permanence. Hearing the song makes me look forward to that day when I'll achieve all those. It's just lovely.

Finally, this soulful musical journey-slash-storytelling ends with the radio edit version of "Dahan-dahan". And it's just the perfect way to end this musical journey with. It's cool, relaxing and comforting, at the same time hip and happy one can't help but either sing or whistle along. Plus, it will also make you press that mode button of your cd player twice to "repeat all".
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Chantal Saavedra

must-have in your OPM cd collection
Surely one of the best OPM albums there is. One simply can never go wrong with the artist who has co-written few of the more memorable OPM songs i know of. The cd begins with a lively track that can keep you company during long drives or simply when you want to kick off your shoes and sit back and relax. Followed by a string of beautiful ballads that just takes you somewhere - could remind you of EBTG or a more mellow fleetwood mac. not one song sounds like the other, as each song showcases rica's amazing songwriting skills. one will never feel like something is lacking in the song, or that "it could've been better if - " . they're heartfelt, and passionate. all the songs are good, but the more outstanding tracks are "falling" (a sleeper radio hit, it just makes one remember taht giddy, lovin' feeling) "if you were mine" (with it's calm, quite beauty, as it expresses one's longing) "so demanding" (it's triphop-y. i've never heard anything like it) and the last track, a radio edit version of "dahan-dahan". if you want something different and fresh, something to listen to while lounging in your porch or living room, or enduring long drives, or well - simply when you wnat to listen to something good - get this cd. rica arambulo is one great artist - a really good songwriter and singer, she's got a really nice voice which i definitely want to hear more of.
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