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It's no surprise that Starbucks is behind Brazilian chanteuse CéU's self-titled debut disc. (A co-release with the ever-tasteful Six Degrees Records.) The slinky, soulful sounds would be right at home amid mocha frapuccinos and lattes with extra foam. But CéU is more than a mere coffee-club cutie. Her sexy, assured vocals infuse every song with a come-hither vibe, from the playful "Rainha" to the simmering "10 Contados." The disc also showcases a slightly funky, urban sensibility; and electronic flourishes amplify the modern feel. "Vinheta Dorival" segues from standard guitar licks into gentle percussion rhythms. And a cover of Bob Marley's "Concrete Jungle" is elegant and effortless. Though originally released overseas in 2005, CéU's captivating collection still rings with truth and vibrancy. A truly caffeinated experience. --Joey Guerra
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  • Audio CD (April 3, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Six Degrees
  • ASIN: B000GIWH16
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,702 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By bordersj2 VINE VOICE on June 18, 2007
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Thanks to Starbucks, I suppose there's no need for background info for Ceu. She's a singer from Brasil that's both amazingly talented and rather beautiful too. Ziriguiboom/Crammed un-earthed another gem here with her, and thanks to Six-Degrees, the USA distribution channel, she's seen loads of publicity that've helped get her warranted notoriety.

So how can an immense talent have a 'so-so' album? Easy. The album starts well with "Lenda", a song first heard last year on Brazilectro 8. It was definitely one of the stand-outs and it shoots her sexiness and amazing voice & attitude to the fore-front. Great intro-track, the perfect mood-setter. That's followed up with "Malemolencia", which is okay but "Roda" came on and it wasn't necessarily what I was expecting... remembering the classic Roda as interpreted by Elis Regina. I quite liked "Vinheto Dorival" though - Ceu shows that above all, she's oozing with class as a singer with amazing range, able to raise and lower pitches in a heart-beat. "Concrete Jungle" was an interesting re-interpretation... not my favorite on the album, and it's one that will ultimately be forgettable, but again her voice saves the day. "Veu Da Noite" was interesting too - splashes of old funk. "O Conco da Cuica" was what seems like a normal thing in Brasil... redoing a classic. But this time, I RREALLY like the way she did it... FAR more so than Da Lata's from a few years ago.

So this isn't that bad of a debut for her. But it could've been so much better, given her voice. The sampling wasn't too bad and admittedly when you listen to this with a fantastic stereo, you do get a better feel of the music. There's no denying that Ceu's one to watch for in the future, if for no other reason than she's got more than enough natural talent.
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I don't know why this CD don't have more reviews. I heard Ceu (sky in portuguese) for the first time 2 years ago in a small bar in Sao Paulo called Grazie Dio. She has a beautiful voice and an incredible "presence" on the stage.I bought her CD righ after the show and it stays at my cd player until now. She mix brazilian music (samba/MPB) with modern samples and eletronica. The hole CD are excelent but the highlights songs are: Lenda / Malemolencia / Rainha / Mais um Lamento /Concrete Jungle (beutiful version of Bob's Marley music)/O Ronco da Cuica. If you like BossaCucaNova / Cibelle / Zuco103 / Marcos Valle, don't miss this CD.
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I bought this disc after sampling a few songs at the music store, and since then, I cannot stop listening to it. It's infectious and relaxing and just very sunny. I think that I must have played it at least 20 times and it has not gotten old. Her voice is a mix of sultry and sweet. Sometimes her voice reminds me of Erika Badhu, and a few times I heard a little Cassandra Wilson. Excellent CD!!
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Corporate behemoth/self-proclaimed tastemaker Starbucks is promoting CeU's debut album along with its vaguely sweet dulce de leche lattes and mango empanadas as part of its Latin America month...and for once,they are promoting a worthy artist. CeU is the more thoughtful counterpart to Bebel Gilberto. Whereas Bebel Gilberto uses Brazilian rhythms, CeU has Brazilian instruments as well,such as th exotic-sounding cuica (sometimes called the Brazilian theremin).

CeU's debut is promising;she's capable of taking her place among other Sao Paulo luminaries-the late Suba, Chico Cesar (whom she thanks),and Ana Rita Simonka. Her album has a great deal of variety-it has something for everyone or every mood. There's the Afropop of "Rainha",the Spanish flamenco of "Vinheta Dorival",the ideal road trip song "Roda" and the smooth&spirited cover version of Bob Marley's "Concrete Jungle." "Lenda" is deeply soulful,putting Joss Stone&Norah Jones to shame."Mais um lamento","10 contados",and "Bobagem" are thoughtful and melancholy,showing CeU's emotional range."Valsa pra Biu Roque" is a stately waltz."Veu da Noite" sounds like a late night torch song in a jazz club."Ave Cruz" is a frothy reggae song that mocks the sappiness of telenovelas. Joao Bosco (whose spicy "Vatapa" is on Putumayo's "Brasilero" compilation),composed the "A ronco da Cuica",a song fit for Carnival. The closing song,"Samba no Sola" is a joyful and vibrant song in praise of samba.

CeU's debut is amazing,vibrant,and varied.It's a perfect introduction to the variety of Brazilian music.CeU is a talent whose future looks bright.Hopefully Brazilian music fans (and newcomers to the genre) will be hearing more from her.
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Many of the songs, lyrics in Portuguese, and its messages can be understood just by the beautiful sounds of her sexy soulful voice. The mood set by the music sways your body to understand what message she's trying to convey. CeU, meaning sky or heaven in Portuguese, is definitely on her way to becoming the next acclaimed Brazilian wonder. She has definitely surpassed Bebel Gilberto!
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CeU has the voice that everyone wishes Astrud Gilberto had had -- sweet, sexy and pitch-perfect. She executes jazz changes that few would dare, and far fewer succeed doing. The album's arrangements are primarily modern jazz-Rio fusion, which could fly off into space were it not for the gravity of CeU's voice holding it all firmly to earth. She does a single straight-forward acoustic ballad just to say "Nyah, nyah, I don't need any of the tricks to keep you spell-bound, after all."

This is NOT background music -- this is turn-up-the-stereo, down-the-lights, sit-back-on-the-couch-and-invite-the-cat-to-go-to-sleep-in-your-lap, close-your-eyes TOTAL IMMERSION music. I have never heard an album that so justified every effort the listener could make to hear, understand and appreciate, and was so rewarding of that investment.

This is Album of the Year material for anyone who enjoys electro-pop, jazz, Brazilian, or funky, sexy girl singer-songwriters. Did I leave anyone out?
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