Bunga Citra Lestari
It’s Me BCL
“I’m a woman in love,” declares Indonesian songstress Bunga Citra Lestari (BCL) from the get-go in the opening track, Aku Wanita, of her new album, It’s Me BCL.
The phrase sets the tone for the rest of the album, which is brimming with sentimental love ballads. BCL, who began as a TV actress and has two albums under her belt, proves she’s a master at delivering romantic songs yet again.
Akulah Cinta, for instance, sees the singer, who married Malaysian actor Ashraf Sinclair in 2008, tenderly pledging her unfailing loyalty to the love of her life.
Then there’s Rindu Kamu, a syrupy sweet love song about two people staying true to each other in a long-distance relationship. What’s interesting is it features actor and martial artist Joe Taslim on the track. Together, they give such a tender performance. I’m surprised Joe hasn’t pursued a music career.
Another beautiful duet is Hari Bahagia featuring Daniel Christianto. The gorgeous, piano-driven track sounds like it’s going to be a staple on wedding day playlists all over.
But the highlight of the album has to be Jera (Hatiku Masih Milikmu). Steeped in emotions, it is a poignant ballad about holding on to a lover who, unfortunately, has found love in another.
Another notable number is Tundukan Dunia, a sprawling inspirational anthem about chasing after one’s dreams despite the odds. There’s a grandeur to it which could lend itself nicely as a theme song for one of those sporting events. In fact, it’s a theme song for sports film, 3 Srikandi, about three women who made history and became Indonesia’s first Olympic medallist.
About half of the 10-track album comprises songs that were released a lot earlier, whether as a theme song for films or TV dramas, leaving only a handful of new materials.
Nevertheless, for listeners who aren’t familiar with the singer’s work, It’s Me BCL is a good place to start, with track after track of strong melodies and evocative lyrics.