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Para Alem da Saudade [Import]

Ana MouraAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (November 13, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: World Village
  • ASIN: B000VPNK4W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,572 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Os Buzios
2. E Viemos Nascidos do Mar
3. A Voz que Conta a Nossa Historia
4. Aguas do Sul
5. O Fado da Procura
6. Rosa Cor de Rosa
7. Primiera Vez
8. Nao Fui Eu
9. Mapa do Coracao
10. Aguarda-Te Ao Chegar
11. Ate Ao Fim Do Fim
12. Fado das Horas Incertas
13. Vaga, No Azul Amplo Solta
14. Vehlo Anjo
15. A Sos com a Noite

Editorial Reviews

Ana Moura is universally acknowledged as one of the finest fado singers of the present generation. Her plaintive, smoky vocals has garnereda loyal European following, including members of The Rolling Stones. Whether starkly declaiming or swirling into filigreed crescendos of emotion, Ana's burnished alto personifies fado's darkly sensual credo of wisdom born of pain, grace, and futility, and secual passion perpetually on simmer, despite repeated and increasingly bitter betrayals.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mellow and Gorgeous January 23, 2008
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Mellow enough to be wonderful as a background for a romantic dinner or for a curling up with a good book, and gorgeous enough to listen to without any distractions, Ana Moura's sultry voice, and the selection of melodic songs in this exquisite collection make for an exceptional CD that should find a wide audience, way beyond the niche of "world music" and lovers of the Portuguese fado. Born in 1980, Ana was discovered by producer/guitarist Jorge Fernando, who had been guitarist for the legendary Queen of Fado, Amalia Rodrigues, and Ana has a semblance of Amalia's vocal quality, with her smoky sound and emotional expression. She has performed to SRO audiences from Carnegie Hall to Amsterdam's Concertgebow, and perhaps this young international superstar will inherit Amalia's mantle as the new Queen of Fado.

Among my favorite tracks is "Vaga, No Azul Amplo Solta," where Ana is joined by Spanish singer/songwriter Patxi Andion, and their blend of voices in this beautiful song touches the heart and lifts the soul, and another is the lovely, lilting "Ate Ao Fim Do Fim." The musicianship throughout the CD is marvelous, with Jorge Fernando's guitar work predominant, and a slight jazz feel to the last track with a saxophone added to the arrangement (Fernando also wrote many of the songs and did the arrangements). The booklet insert has lyrics in Portuguese and English, and many photos of the very attractive Ana. Total running time is 47.03
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get your melancholy on... January 26, 2008
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Review? More like an unabashed plug, coming up.

I am simply blown away. Listening to Ana Moura's PARA ALEM DA SAUDADE (Beyond Mere Longing), it puts a body in a mood and transports a soul into a place redolent with unfulfilled yearnings, and pain with acceptance, and waiting for love (but maybe waiting in vain). Fado is a traditional musical style from Portugal and it offers a glimpse into the Portuguese soul and psyche. Fado is an old artform, with Ana Moura one of its latest and among its most gifted practitioners.

I read somewhere, fado is about love and loss and the sea. And that's true of PARA ALEM DA SAUDADE. Hearing these songs, I couldn't help but feel somber and wistful and reflective. Made me think of past things, and made me play that game of Oh-if-only... Do you have a quiet ache? Fado expresses so well the emotions of enduring hurt and bittersweetness and steadfast longing. This music made me sad, but the thing was, listening to Ana Moura, I reveled in the feeling. Ana's vocals are simple yet evocative, understated yet soulful. Her voice is smoky seductive without trying hard and sustains a quiet assuredness which at times elevates to a passionate crescendo. The spare musical accompaniment consists of a trio of guitars so masterfully played, and it's enough and it lends that ideal sense of intimacy. Two songs into this disc and I was swept away. Closed my eyes, longed for whiskey to kill (so as to really get in the moment). The songs made me sad, and it was okay.

I would've enjoyed this one irregardless, as Ana's heartfelt interpretation of fado steadily wove its spell, never mind that I could only capture a word here and there. Still I'm thankful there's a booklet included which translates the songs.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Long For The Unattainable January 31, 2008
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"Ana Moura is a Portuguese Fado singer; "Fado" is a Portuguese traditional form of song that has a somewhat mournful quality to the songs that often are about the sea or problems faced by the poor people of Portugal. The songs apparently are frequently built around the word "saudade," a Portuguese word that has no English translation, but somewhat describes the sentiment of "longing for the unattainable." There are two centers of Fado tradition in Portugal; the Portuguese capitol of Lisbon and the university city of Coimbra. In Lisbon, you applaud the Fado singer by clapping your hands; in Coimbra, you cough loudly, as though clearing your throat! Regardless, the folk-like quality of this music is irresistible, and Ana Moura and her supporting musicians offer compelling presentations of songs that deal with love and loss, and of course, the sea." Tom Gibbs

A lovely, longing voice is shown by Portuguesa singer, Ana Moura. There is no need to translate the words, the music and the voice says it all. Ana Mauro started out in life singing Fado, but as she grew older pop and rock drew her in. She went one evening to a Fado house and was asked to sing, the owner of the house, a well known Fado signer, asked Ana to join her house and so began her career. A Fado house is also known as a Fado Club where only Fado is sung. This CD is the first release of her Fado music in the United States, titled 'Keep My Life In Your Hands'.

"My life changed when I began going to the Fado houses," Ana states today. "There's no microphone -- it's very intimate. New singers learn through a kind of apprenticeship, learning the intricacies of the style from the older, more established singers.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Internation world music for the soul January 23, 2008
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There's been some buzz about the "fado" sound: Portuguese and African simple and sad voices to one or two guitars; here is that poetry. you don't need to know the language (I don't) but you hear it through your heart, and that is truly universal.

Ana Moura's voice is intimate and clear; the music drifted into me and made a day at the same desk in the same office a whole lot deeper. She is a treasure; a melancholy valentine in a bottle from another part of the world.

Warm and dreamy stuff; a necessary respite for the soul. I can't recommend this enough over anything produced in the states today. If you can't escape to a foreign retreat, here's an inspired little piece of it.

BTW: Even the CD's packaging is better than most: the gorgeous cardboard sleeve contains an slimmer CD case and a book of lyrics, translated.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fado album
Everybody who owns records from Mariza, should also get familiar with Ana Moura. This album includes really nice set of songs from Ms. Moura. Well masters album.
Published 9 months ago by MikkoH
1.0 out of 5 stars Annoying
I should say that my relatively recent (six months or so ago) introduction to fado was Amalia, and I was instantly hooked. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Snab
3.0 out of 5 stars Para Alem de Saudade
Pleasant, atmospheric songs that could function for the uninitiated mostly as background music. Some of the tracks tend to blur together, and the album as a whole feels a little... Read more
Published on April 21, 2011 by alaska
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best fadistas
Ana Moura demonstrates what fado should be -- sad, plaintive and filled with a heart-felt emotion. With a relatively deep voice, she touches a listener as few other singers do,... Read more
Published on April 12, 2009 by Anthony Scaduto
2.0 out of 5 stars Ultimately too unengaging for me.
I have to confess, I was pretty excited when I saw this one-- a master of a world vocal genre I possess minimal familiarity with, but the truth is, "Para Alem da Saudade" was a bit... Read more
Published on October 23, 2008 by Michael Stack
5.0 out of 5 stars Is there still 'saudade' in heaven? All this and then...the guitars!
This is a powerful album which is deliciously light-footed at the same time! It has garnered a Best of 2007s Editors' Pick from "The Beat Magazine," among others. Read more
Published on October 16, 2008 by J. Winokur
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, but not my cup of tea
This album contains fado music, an art form mostly found in Portugal. Fado music consists of intensely personal lyrics with minimal orchestration. Read more
Published on May 16, 2008 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW
I had little idea what to expect when I choose this CD, being familiar only with Cesar Evoria in this style of singing. Read more
Published on May 6, 2008 by Richard Wells
4.0 out of 5 stars Fado that won't reduce you to a whimpering fetus!
...I was nervous about this one. I am no expert in Portuguese fado music, but I knew a guy who listened to it a lot at the office. Read more
Published on March 31, 2008 by Leopold Stotch
4.0 out of 5 stars Contemplative and Immersive singing by a young talent.
The style of Fado musi chas been around for generations; its western equivelent can be considered folk music mingled with flamenco and the gypsy jazz of the 1910s-1940s. Read more
Published on March 27, 2008 by Alec Rojas
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