- Audio CD (October 20, 2006)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Wea Brazil
- ASIN: B000JJ4PK8
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,171,232 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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.Read more ›
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.
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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Brazil's premiere award-winning musician/composer/singer. Love it, as does my Brazilian fiancee.Published 1 month ago by Jerry Eagles
Ceu presents a unique and intriguing blend of Brazilian and African musical styles. Highly recommended.Published 13 months ago by Harold Wallace