June 13, 2007

Music Review: The Better Than Life Project

The Better Than Life ProjectInfo from Praise Music Philippines:

THE BETTER THAN LIFE PROJECT was conceived and produced by the prolific musician/songwriter Bebo Bharwani, featuring all his original lyrics and music. The album is highlighted by superb performances from the country's eminent artists such as Top Suzara, Jay Durias, Barbie Almalbis, Pido Lalimarmo, Noah Krishna, Chedi Fidel, Naldy Gonzales, Radah Tinsay and Mike Luis.

All the proceeds of the THE BETTER THAN LIFE PROJECT will be donated to the Reach Youth Ministries, a non-profit organization that reaches out to the street children of Metro Manila and other cities. They provide food, shelter, education and spiritual guidance -- all to give these children a better chance at life. For more information visit http://www.reachyouth.org.


Read the names of the featured artists on the album cover... Need we say more?

Most of the artists who played for The Better Than Life Project were also part of The Air I Breathe project years ago (which was also a project led by Bebo Bharwani). I love the music from The Air I Breathe album; and there are plenty of reasons to equally love the music from The Better Than Life Project.

Music is topnotch, thanks to the talents of some of the best musicians in the country right now. Besides the featured artists, here's a rundown of musicians who performed in this album:

Benjie Mendez (drums), Franklin Benitez (drums), Reli de Vera (percussions), Tata Balane (bass), Richie Ramos (bass), Rommel dela Cruz (bass), Junjun Perez (bass), Jack Rufo (guitar, keyboard), Jano Queyquep (guitar), Eric Villadelgado (guitar), Bobby Velasco (keyboard), Rancis De Leon (saxophone).

Plus, there are two special tracks which feature world-renowned bassist Michael Manring. Bebo Bharwani sang and played second bass on one of those two tracks.

My favorite tracks in the album are Wake Up and Dream (Track 1, featuring Jay Durias), Awesome (Track 5, featuring Noah Krishna), Beyond The Glassy Sea (Track 6, featuring Chedi Fidel), and Heal (Track 10, featuring Pido, Radha, Noah & Mike Luis). All the songs in the album are convincing, well-written, and well-crafted. The music speaks for itself. So go grab a copy, listen to it, and feel and appreciate it.

This CD costs only Php250. I bought mine at a House Of Praise CD store. Instead of copying or downloading it, buy the original CD. Proceeds from this CD will go to a good cause. Excellent music, plus you get to help out. So, it's all good.