The song--rewritten and expanded for Babs, by the way--gives Lani a chance to show off her textured, dramatic soprano, which often gets shortchanged when she has to sing histrionic pop ditties. Notice how wired she is to the lyrics she's mouthing here; you can see she's trying to tell a story with the song, and not just sing it. There is fine phrasing, as well as a becoming attempt to deploy belting only where it matters.
The faux competition Lani is supposed to have with Regine Velasquez on who's the better belter between them is a dumb one, since there really is no comparison when it comes to the individual quality of their voices. To be quite simplistic about it, Regine's is clear, crisp, buoyant white wine against Lani's darker, more complex red.
Unfortunately, because the market gets bored without a putative catfight, they have to slug it out every so often and try to outshout each other. So Asia's Songbird can catapult Light of a Million Mornings to the stratosphere. Can she wax pseudo-operatic the way Asia's Nightingale (or is it Las Vegas' now?) does with an Italian My Heart Will Go On? And so on.
I'm babbling. Enjoy the vid--and, hey, you saw it here first.
PLUS: Want an MP3 of this showstopper for your iPod? Download it here.