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Woman on Top - Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack


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  • Audio CD (September 12, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Sony
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • ASIN: B00004XSXX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,448 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. A Flor E O Espinho - Paulinho Moska
2. Falsa Baiana - Paulinho Moska
3. O Ultimo Por Do Sol - Lenine
4. Obessao/Nao Me Diga Adeus/Pois E/A Flor E O Espinho - Maria Creusa
5. Nos Bracos De Isabel - Paulinho Moska
6. Berekere - Geraldo Azevedo
7. E Doce Morrer No Mar - Dori Caymmi
8. Sonho Meu - Paulinho Moska
9. Acordei - Maraes Moreira
10. Cinzas - Paulinho Moska
11. Chao De Estrelas - Baden Powell
12. Voce - Cyl Farney/Norma Bengell
13. Falso Baiana (BossaCucaNova Remix) - Paulinho Moska
14. Brazil (Aquarela Do Brazil) - Xavier Cugat And His Orchestra

Editorial Reviews

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The soundtrack from Woman on Top, starring Madrid-born bombshell Penelope Cruz as the beauty and brains behind a popular cooking show, is the perfect introduction to the Brazilian sound--and just might live up to the label's promise that it's "destined to bring Bossa Nova music to the world" (though bossa nova has long been popular in the West, albeit in specialized circles). The highly listenable album features contemporary Brazilian artists such as singer-songwriter Lenine; pop-rocker and Joao Gilberto sound-alike Paulinho Moska; and the three-DJ collective Bossa Cuca Nova putting a new spin on a classic Geraldo Pereira tune. It also includes gems such as Maria Creuza and her delicately wavering voice, and guitarist Dori Caymmi performing one of his father's songs. Mellow yet upbeat, it's relaxation music that won't put you to sleep. --Jamie FitzGerald

Review

Depending on your perspective, Woman On Top is either a paean to Brazil or to Spain's Penelope Cruz. Venezuelan director Fina Torres reportedly spent two years researching Brazilian music for the movie soundtrack, but her search seems to have kept bringing her back to bossa nova and its descendants. In other words, the music tends to be of the quiet, softly swinging variety. No Brazilian rock, rap, or reggae here; not even Bahian axi or carnival samba. What the disc does, it does well, though. Instead of rounding up the usual bossa suspects, Torres leaned heavily on the relatively unknown Paulinho Moska, who tackles several Brazilian chestnuts adequately, if failing to achieve the almost-impossible goal of making them his own. The remaining lineup is pretty eclectic: Baden Powell, Dori Caymmi, Lenine, Geraldo Azevedo. Still, the selected tracks don't stray too far from each other stylistically, focusing mostly on voice and acoustic guitar. This would make a fine introduction to a particular and prominent strain of Brazilian music, even if it doesn't embrace the country's entire range of diverse artists. -Marty Lipp -- From Rhythm Magazine

The movie Woman on Top may only rate as empty calories when compared with food-and-romance comedic soufflés as appetizing as Like Water for Chocolate and Tampopo. But the soundtrack, a confection of light, tangy bossa novas and ballads by popular Brazilian singer-composer Paulinho Moska and other newcomers and established stars, is as savory as they come.

Moska, the singing voice of the film's male lead, on five of the 14 tracks offers the kind of shimmering vocals, acoustic-electric guitar and keyboard textures, and sensitively arranged woodwinds and strings that are reminiscent of his country's tropicalismo artists of the late '60s. A highlight of Moska's contributions is the lilting, melodic "Sonho Meu," a Donna Yvonne Lara-Delcio Carvalho treasure probably familiar to many American listeners from the version heard on David Byrne's 1989 Beleza Tropical compilation.

Mixed in with Moska's tremendously appealing tracks are lovely offerings by ("O Ultimo Por Do Sol") and Dori Caymmi ("E Doce Morrer No Mar"), an instrumental from guitarist-songwriter Baden Powell ("De Estrelas"), and the familiar "Brazil (Aquarela Do Brasil"), a beloved chestnut by Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra. The music of Woman on Top is scintillating enough to remind us of another movie title, going back nearly 65 years: Flying Down to Rio. This soundtrack, along with Byrne's compilations and this year's Corcovado collection on Concord, could be the next best thing.

--- Philip Booth, JAZZIZ Magazine Copyright © 2000, Milor Entertainment, Inc. -- From Jazziz

Customer Reviews

I love the upbeat music it makes me so happy!
Virg Luna
It's now found a permanent spot in my CD player--it's certainly great dinner party music.
JCB
If you like the music in the movie - then you'll like the soundtrack.
Andrea Foglia

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence J. Hines on October 24, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is the first soundtrack I've ever purchased and I can't stop listening to it! The music has a relaxing beat with guitar and vocals that have a deep, buttery feel. There isn't a bad track on this disk, though I'm partial to "A Flor E O Espinho" and the haunting and alluring female voice of Maria Creusa as she sings "Obsessao". I also enjoyed the playful beat and vocals of "Falsa Baiana." It has introduced an entirely new category of music to me; I've even begun looking for CDs by the artists appearing on this soundtrack.
I enjoyed the movie, though I don't speak a word of Portugese, and I had a craving for two things when I left the theatre: spicy seafood dishes and this soundtrack!
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Nancy R. Katz VINE VOICE on September 19, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Fully realized while watching the movie, Woman on Top, how much music means to the enjoyment of a film. The pleasant sounds from this film, which are also essential elements of the plot will be long remembered by this viewer. And now that I have purchased the CD, I can't stop listening to it nor dancing to the wonderful songs.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By "sun148" on September 17, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I recently attended a screening of this film in Chicago, and the music was by far the most effective and enjoyable part of the experience. The Brazilian rythyms and general cheerful, soulful and sensual feel of the music heightened the drama and comedy of the film considerably. If you're a fan of film music in general, you definitley must add this to your collection; if you're not, this is the kind of music you'd play on a romantic or relaxing evening.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "limespider" on March 28, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I sure hope so. Not being too familiar with the Bossa Nova style I can't offer much in the way of musical critique. All I can say is that I rushed out to buy this CD less than an hour after seeing the movie. "Woman On Top" was a virtual vacation for someone like myself who spends way too much time in front of a computer and not enough time seeing the world. Listening to these beautiful and romantic Brazilian songs is energizing for the mind and restores the soul. I am reminded of what Robin Williams said in "Dead Poets' Society" in which he praises 'medicine and law' as noble pursuits but 'poetry, music, and love' as being what we live for. "Woman On Top", both the movie and the CD, captures exactly that mood and frame of mind. I just hope that the popularity of this CD will help bring more of the Bossa Nova style music to an American audience that definitely needs to lighten up, relax, and enjoy life.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Soggyinseattle on October 18, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I recently went to see this movie shortly after it opened, and despite the fact that the movie is by no means stellar (pleasantly sweet and rather cliche), what really struck me was the music. I purchased the soundtrack on the way home; that's how great it is. The collection of music contained on this CD is so good, I include it in the only three CDs that I love to listen to repeatedly, and have yet to tire of (see Facing Future by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole by Play by Moby). I rarely find CDs worth a 5-star recommendation.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By JCB VINE VOICE on October 14, 2000
Format: Audio CD
So two things kept popping up in my head while watching the movie: (1) I'm hungry and (2) I have to buy this soundtrack. After satiating my hunger, I bought the WOMAN ON TOP soundtrack. It's now found a permanent spot in my CD player--it's certainly great dinner party music. The album houses wonderful Brazillian-influenced tracks--Track 6 is one my favorite tracks. Let your hips move and let your mind dream of white sand and blue water and papayas! One of the best soundtracks I've listened to.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Brad Jensen on March 27, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I knew I would be buying this soundtrack half way through the movie. I've been a latin music fan for many years and this CD rates at or near the top of my collection, not as a serious and critical work, but as a nice listen on a warm afternoon or early evening with a glass of red wine. If you are not already a fan, or even familiar with, Brazilian music, this will whet your whistle. The clean, clear charactersitics of the Bossa Nova genre are present here, and the artists on the CD are some of the best-in-class. This CD is a nice light start to becoming a hard-core Bossa Nova fan. The tracks are generally catchy and full of air. If you're looking for a wonderful new musical experience, try this out. Worth a listen and worth the buy.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "faery_princess" on June 16, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I have no idea of Brazil's culture moreso with its music but after I saw Woman on Top the movie, I have just got to have the soundtrack! I have never bought an album that features songs that I know I might never be able to understand but the melody, rythm, and voices of the performers here are so exquisite that I don't care if I don't get to understand what their singing about. I love all songs for it relaxes me. How the singers here were able to give the Brazilian experience is beyond words. I truly love this and hope that others would be able to feel the same experience as I did.
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