"I've seen Ms. Salonga in many productions and the songs in this album certainly don't require the same vocal or emotional demands her usual repertoire includes. But the ones here are equally pleasant to listen to -- some are slow, some are upbeat, but all are melodic; they're songs you can sing to. Give the CD a chance. It'll grow on you.As far as some comments about pop singing here go (particularly from "Fines" below), we already know that not only does Ms. Salonga have wit, she has REAL talent and has been recognized many times for this. She's a full-fledged theater star and has earned the RESPECT of audiences, peers, and critics for her performances. She does NOT need to aspire to be a 'pop star' nor compete with the younger -- or any generation, for that matter -- of pop singers, who will always be more popular. (Of course, TV-film music stars will always be more popular than theater stars since in addition to the huge marketing blitz their respective labels put out, any person in any place in the world can watch television or borrow tapes to see them, while theater actors have to depend on their respective productions' meager budgets and wait for people to actually come to the theater to see them, DUH!) Fines' assumption that Ms. Salonga should compete with the younger generation of pop stars is like telling her to transform from being a five-star deluxe hotel on 5th Ave in Manhattan to being a one-star motel in the Bronx (the one-star motel being more popular since it's cheap and more affordable -- but talk about the QUALITY...) Britney Spears, a very big pop star, is popular (gigantic proportions!), but does ANYONE ever take her singing -- or acting (haha!) -- seriously? Do you think the music and acting communities actually look up to her for her "talents"? Get real!"
She finished what she started!
leslie Lenau | Walker, MI United States | 10/02/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I first discovered leah salonga in "Miss saigon." When I learned that she had made a solo album, I had to get it. She definitely shines in her debut. I love every single song on this album. It is very mellow, with lots of songs you might like to listen while getting up in the morning, or on a sunday drive somewhere. Her duet with her "Aladdin" co singer brad kane, is definitely one that I put on repeat, as well as "finish what you started", 'What a journey", and several others. If you love leah, take a listen to this album."
william | England | 04/02/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"With her amazing voice, Lea Salonga gives a lift to all the songs in this pop recording that has aged really well and has been well-received in many countries. The best numbers are "The Journey," "I Honestly Love You," and "We Could Be in Love," but all the other songs have the same soothing and upbeat consistency that will make you want to play the album repeatedly without losing interest in the songs.To those who want the more "Lea-like" sound, her Broadway Concert CD is a goldmine. Here, Lea sings some of the most memorable songs ever written for the Broadway stage. Among the best numbers are Flower Drum Song's "I Enjoy Being A Girl" and "Love, Look Away" which are performed livelier here than in the already excellent Broadway version, Miss Saigon's "Too Much for One Heart," and Chess' "Someone Else's Story," capped by the powerful medley of The King & I's "Something Wonderful" and "Being Alive."Lea Salonga is one of those singers who can make listening to songs a magical experience. She's one performer I would like to see more of."
Great voice, but songs don't keep up
d'Banana | Floating like an Eagle over California | 12/25/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Lea Salonga has a beautiful voice but it's not showcased in this album. Most of the time, it's drowned out by synthesizers and other unnecessary instrumentations. Plus, Lea's voice is best suited for standards, ballads and broadway songs. It also doesn't help that the pop songs here have trite and banal lyrics. But Lea's voice is still golden when singing tracks like "it's Just Goodbye", "We could be In Love," and "I honestly Love You." Pure pleasure to listen to that voice. But if you want an album that is pure Lea, you'll have to check out her albums released in the Philippines. The best I've heard so far is a concert recording of hers called, "Songs From The Screen." In this album, you'll hear Lea's own version of songs from famous movies. It's simply sublime. :) I hope Amazon.com takes up my suggestion."
A voice from heaven!!!!
mb de vera | USA | 09/04/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Though the songs were beautifully written and sang, nevertheless I believe that Lea Salonga, and the extra-ordinary voice she possess, deserves a better album than this. When is the next album coming out????"