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Council of Cool 10 reviews CDs from Girls' Generation, SHINee, Colbie Caillat, Sean Kingston, and more from 2009.
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Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel Artist: Mariah Carey
Album: Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel (Special Philippines Edition)

In her twelfth studio album, Mariah Carey sings about love - of finding, losing and achieving it. Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel is a more intimate and soulful compilation with each song representing a story in the singer's life. The 21 songs on the CD are enough to make you laugh and relieve your sweetest, most romantic memories and cry over your most devastating heartbreaks.

Listening to "Candy Bling" is a surefire way to make you feel nostalgic about the glory of your first love. Meanwhile, "Standing O" and "Up Out My Face" is perfect if you need encouragement when saying goodbye to the jerk who broke your heart.

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At the same time, sing your heart out to "Obsessed" and party to the four remixed versions included in the album.

However, I greatly recommend listening to her cover of "I Wanna Know What Love Is" if you want the classic Mariah Carey experience complete with the belting out solos and choir background vocals that transformed this song from the rock genre to a great mix of R&B and gospel. —Alekx Toyhacao

Boyce Avenue

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Artist: Boyce Avenue
Album: On Their Way To Avenue A+

Thank goodness they finally became big shots! These "Boyce" truly deserve their big break. From their incredible performances in YouTube, they have conquered the recording studios as well. I was happy to see that their covers in YouTube were not sensationalized in the album. I wanted to see what Boyce Avenue could do and they proved they could do so much more than what I expected. I got to see their musical stylings in their amazing album because the songs were originals. Their songs would fit any moment from walking down the street to driving down Roxas Boulevard (Believe me, I've tried it with my earphones in full volume. It was a sweet walk/ride). After listening to their first album, you would start counting down the days until their next album comes out. —Jazmin Reyes

Breakthrough

Artist: Colbie Caillat
Album Title: Breakthrough

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Her soothing vocals never fail to calm any person who hears her music. Colbie Caillat unfolds 13 new songs in another enticing album that will surely captivate the hearts of every listener.

The catchy music and cute lyrics of "Falling for You" is perfect for that guy you have feelings for. Nostalgia will fill the air when "I Never Told You" starts playing. The heartfelt lyrics will make you reminisce about the happy days you had with the one who broke your heart. Your best guy friend has always been the caring, thoughtful, and understanding guy that he is. And most of all, he loves you and you feel the same way about him too. Don't you feel "Lucky" that you're in love with him?

Colbie Caillat's songs are definitely worth listening to for that relaxing and cool vibe. It's absolutely perfect for that lazy day when you're just chilling out at home. —Jeselle Villegas

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Girls' Generation

Artist: Girls' Generation
Album: Girls' Generation

Have you ever dreamt of having your very own girl band to show off your amazing voice and ultra-chic wardrobe? Well, here comes Korea's most hip girl band - Girls' Generation has come to Manila and is planning to take over the Pinoy music scene. With their funky, fresh new sound and ultra-long legs, who wouldn't want to be any of these cute girls? Check out this innovative new group as these nine fabulous girls dare to bare all they've got into the modern Asian music scene. Their hit songs, "Genie", "One Year Late" and "Girl Friend" will guarantee you wanting to listen to their songs over and over again. Join Yoona, Tae Yon, Jessica, Soo Young, Sunny, Hyo Yeon, Yuri, Seo Hyun and Tiffany as they sing all they've got in this one fabulous collection. So what are you waiting for? Be the Girl of this Generation. —Keisha Go

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"Today, I Won"

I always caught feelings for someone, and hoped so much that one day there could a thing between the two of us. I'm usually the one that makes the effort to buy and/or make cute gifts, chats them every other day, and stays up all night with him.

When I was 16, my childhood crush suddenly came back into my life. We'd constantly send updates to each other, recommend favorite songs and talk even the most random things. He'd even text me as early as 6 to just greet me good morning almost everyday. I hoped so much that when I confessed, he suddenly stopped talking to me.

For short, he ghosted me. Those 6 months I spent talking to him, allotting my time for him, and staying up until 3 am for him - all gone in a simple confession. Although I had a few crushes before him, he's the only one that got me in real pain. It was the kind of pain that I never thought I'd experience. It was the kind of pain that I couldn't believe.

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After 7 years (it happened back in 2017), I thought he came back into my life to stay, but I guess he's just one of the guys who distanced. I felt a complete loser that time. But during this quarantine, everything was different. I caught feelings for someone else, but he treated me with the best kindness yet.

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It happened at 2 am, May 30, 2020, when I impulsively confessed my feelings through messaging him. After saying my feelings, he responded with genuine and kind words. We both even complimented each other. Although the feelings didn't reciprocate, I still found a connection that can't be replaced with any guy.

To my 16 year old self, here I am, 18 and happy. You may have felt that time was the biggest regret and loss, but I'm here to tell you, we won. Today, I won.

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Why our high school barkada is the best?

Remembering our high school years entails quite a lot reminiscing of the things we all been through when we were younger. You’ve experience a lot of new things during those 4 wonderful years and did most of them with the few people you consider your barkada. And through a series of all the lunch breaks you had together, the walks you took on the way home, and taking the same classes, you never thought you’d survive, you have made your life’s greatest friends.

Here are some of the reasons why your high school barkada is the best:

1. You figured out early teenage life together. The transition one have undergone from being a kid to a teenager wasn’t easy. For a moment you are not sure whether you should have played with your friends during recess or you should have just sat down and ate your food because you were too old for games. But whatever it is you chose to do, having friends who were as clueless as you make everything feel easier because you know, deep down, you’d figure things out eventually. You just need good company.

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2. They were with you during your “jeje“ days. I bet you have pictures taken with Camera360 and Retrica. You also have pictures edited using Pizap with embarrassing captions and you somehow kept some of them so you could have something to post online during their birthdays.

3. They know all your exes. They will never EVER forget the name of an ex-boyfriend, an ex-fling, an ex-crush, and an almost you had. They will remind you of your every questionable love decision but you’ll just laugh anyway while saying “Past is past”.

4. They never judge you. They have welcomed you to their lives when you thought jelly shoes and checkered polos were the bomb! They were quick to have told your teachers that you were not feeling well so you could go home when you really just needed to poop. You tell them every embarrassing story you have and were fine with it.

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5. You can always count on them. From the moment you first fell in love and the moment you first had your heart broken, they were with you. They were with you the moment you lost a parent and at moments when you thought you had nothing. Through every break-up and breakthrough, they were there to be your support system.

6. They are your family. Your high school friend’s family is your own family’s extension. Their parents are like your own. Don’t you feel a little kilig whenever your friend’s parents call you “anak”? And then eventually calling them mama and papa became so natural? I felt that, all the time.

7. They will always be your home. They are your place of refuge and security, the place who offers you their hands when you feel lost and the place you run to when you need saving. No matter how much time and distance separate you, they will be the one’s that you always long for and they are the one’s that you will always return to.

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