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The last track Aneis do meu Cabelo is my favourite - very much in the genre of fado - melancholic, she sings about not mourning her death or visiting her grave, but instead to keep forever the curls of her hair. In this 'fado' Mariza sings accompanied by a piano - her voice is so exposed and she expresses every word, emotion and breath - the song is so emotionally moving. Shut your eyes when you listen to this fado and you could almost imagine that she is sitting in your room singing to you.
This is a must album for any Mariza fans or anyone wanting to be introduced to Portugal's most treasured art form - Fado.
The Queen of Fado, Amalia lives on in Mariza.
Fado Curvo, produced by Carlos Maria Trindade from Madredeus, is full of intoxicating, catchy tunes with extremely beautiful arrangements, often with notable influence of jazz and African music, when you listen to them you can almost see lonesome roads along the sea at sunset, red-roofed houses of Lisbon, vast sandy beaches and moonlit valleys... My favourite song is, perhaps, Cavaleiro Monge, sombre and melancholic, with lyrics by no less a person than Fernando Pessoa. Vielas de Alfama is dark and velvety like the nights of Lisbon, Retrato is sheer sensuality, Entre o Rio e a Razao is life-asserting and sunny, Deserto, with an incredible muted trumpet and fliscorn, is deeply dramatic... in this last one, Mariza's voice is most expressive. She is not only a marvellous singer but also a good actress, and her only drawback is that - perhaps due to the lack of experience - she often overacts. With a vocal agility like that, she can attain a better command of her voice (and her temperament)and find the best way to convey the mood of each song. She just needs a bit more sense of proportion and, as it has already been said, better choice of material. And with all that, Princess Mariza is sure to become the true new Queen of Fado.
With the release of her first album, Fado Em Mim, Mariza bid fair to assume that title. As with Amalia, Mariza was raised in the Mouraria section of Lisboa (Lisbon) which has been called the birthplace of fado. And, as with Amalia, Mariza has become the mostly widely lauded practioner of this art form today. She was the winner in the Europe category of the 2003 Awards for World Music. All this and not yet 30 years old.
Fado Em Mim gave hints that, while respecting and having absorbed the fado traditions, Mariza would bring a new, more modern, more eclectic sensibility to the art form. Her new Album, Fado Curvo, amply demonstrates that she has the knowledge, the intelligence and above all the vocal talent (or should I call it genius) to meld jazz and blues sensibility with fado tradition to fashion a new and exciting version of Portugal's national treasure.
Backed by some of the finest musicians in the field, including a rather untraditional trumpet, bass and piano section on several songs, Mariza has given us a fresh, vibrant and altogether satisfying album in Fado Curvo.
I can really add nothing that hasn't been said in the reviews of the regular US release of this CD. The "bonus tracks" on this CD are VERY disappointing. They are - "O Gente Da Minha Terra" and "Barco Negro" from the _Fado Em Mim_ CD. They are great songs, especially the amazing "Barco Negro", but since they were released on her first CD, there is no reason at all to buy this Japanese import. It's also copy-protected.
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I don't know Portugal (only that it borders Spain) nor, for that matter, Portuguese. I don't know Fado. I don't know Mariza. Read morePublished on November 10, 2013 by englishheather
This was my first experience of fado. I was really impressed by Mariza's voice and the expressiveness of her singing. I just didn't like this particular set of songs very much. Read morePublished on October 10, 2011 by Hatbox Dragon
Mariza's voice is beautiful like always. It's a good cd. Some songs I like and others I didn't, but for anyone who likes fados I would pick any of her CD's!!!Published on August 1, 2011 by Char
The music is enthralling for the most part -albeit a few minor imperfections. This is a good album for lazy Sunday mornings or romantic Saturday nights.Published on February 16, 2009 by Hamidrkarimi
You will listen the difference, is not traditional fado sometimes, but this singer, you know, is one of the greatest voice of fado. Read morePublished on June 29, 2007 by Tremoglie Giuliano