Memories, Chronicles And Declarations Of Love
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2000 release from the Brazilian sensation. Recorded with the help of new and old friends. Highlights include: 'Agua Tambem E Mar', 'Abololo', and 'O Que Me Importa'. ( a Cover Version of an old Tim Maia song).
Marisa Monte, one of the strongest voices of Brazilian popular music, has one of the sweetest and most seductive voices you'll ever hear. But since the early 1990s, she's kept close ties with the downtown New York scene, connecting with people like David Byrne, guitarist Marc Ribot (who guests here), and producer Arto Lindsay, who's behind the board again for this record of romantic songs. Unlike some past outings, there are no unusual covers this time, just self-penned material and pieces by Jorge Ben, Carlinhos Brown, and other native talents. Monte manages to inject a wistfulness even into an outright love song like "Amor," and the despair of memory is never far below the surface throughout. Ranging from utterly acoustic to gently electric, Monte doesn't try to rock your world, but lets her voice slip into the bloodstream and the heart on songs like "Tema de Amor." If only all pop music were as good as this.... --Chris Nickson
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This CD has great moments, maybe a few songs miss but I won't mark them here. It has what I think is a perfect song.
If you love the music of Brasil, you must have this CD. That is all I have to say. It is the basis of her video DVD from Rio in 2000, and get that watch it to see her and how she performs. This concert is amazing.
The perfect song is not in the concert unfortunately. It is the last cut here. "Sou seu sabia." A song by Caetano Veloso. And perfectly Caetano.
Marisa sings it perfectly. She went to Italy to study to be an opera singer but decided that was not for her and returned to Brasil and began her great career. In this song, you hear her technique. I am an opera person, and I know that here the technique pays off. Her singing is just fantastic, I would say perfect.
Caetano's lyics are just as perfectly composed. His song becomes the exact thing he is trying to express. I can't say anymore. He has composed a song that expresses human desire through birdsong and Marisa perfectly signs it. This is lyrical and musical expression at its most intense. The arrangement here is lush, some people might misinterpret this. The expessive intensity is everywhere apparent, although.
One should buy this CD for that one track but there is so much else to buy it for.
"Abololo" grew on me -- so beautiful, sad, bluesy and bossa-nova tinged. "Tema De Amor," is fascinatingly passionate, while "O Que Me Porta" is introspective and whimsical with its Beatlesque arrangements. (If you ever get the chance, watch her "O Que Me Porta" music video which is so lovely." The music and the word stay with me, always a good sign. I only gave it four stars, however, because it was an uneven effort by her, though most songs were good.
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