Review: Bawat Daan by Ebe Dancel

Bawat Daan by Ebe DancelThe toughest part of reviewing Bawat Daan – the solo debut second solo album from former Sugarfree vocalist Ebe Dancel, and his first with Star Records – is the fact that he’s, well, the former vocalist of Sugarfree. It’s not that my head cannot reconcile Ebe the rock band frontman with Ebe the sort-of middle of the road balladeer; his voice was always comfortable, yet capable of anthemic power, and that’s how Sugarfree sustained a wide appeal even after the retreat of local alternative to their gigs up north. The same goes with his solo work, the most recent of which finds its way in Bawat Daan: his theme songs for television and film (notably that buzzy smash Heneral Luna) may be a bit of a cliché, but benefit from the delivery. In between those theme songs, and three unnecessary Sugarfree covers (although the now orchestral “Huwag Ka Nang Umiyak”, with KZ Tandingan, adds a new dimension) are new ones that show Ebe at his best: relatable writing that doesn’t always turn to sentimental gloop, aided by this mix of hope and ennui that only he has managed to pull off. “Dapit-hapon”, for instance, is classic Dancel: a quiet start, a soaring climax, a good feeling at the end. It’s a shame I had to go through a lot of filler before getting to the gold. [NB] | 3/5

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4 thoughts on “Review: Bawat Daan by Ebe Dancel

  1. The main song, “Bawa’t Daan”, if you’re watching Myx, is shot entirely in UPLB, PHSA, Entablado bar in Vega Center and near the new municipal hall.

  2. I’ve been listening to the album for a solid 3 days now, and I would have to agree on the filler songs — this could have been released as an EP with just Bawat Daan, Kasayaw, Dapithapon, Lakambini, and I would have given it a 5/5.

    Also, I’d rather listen to an ‘All Ebe’ album:

    The Prom duet with Yeng was bleh — didn’t like the fact that they sung ‘bibitaw’ differently -‘ it was very awkward.

    I still prefer the banging version of ‘Wag Ka Nang Umiyak’ compared with the KZ duet.

    Makita Kang Muli with Regine was okay, but it’s a song that I’ll be sure to skip when on shuffle.

    The Gloc 9 song for me really doesn’t belong to the album, it was really off.

    But again, Bawat Daan, Kasayaw, Lakambini and Dapithapon -‘ GOLDEN.

  3. I think it’s very important to mention that ‘Bawat Daan’ sums ups Ebe Dancel’s journey to self-discovery. I’ve always thought of this as a love song but when I learned its true meaning (through his TEDx Talk on youtube) everytime I play/hear this song, I get emotional. Listen carefully to the second verse, he’s a genius.

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