- Audio CD (May 21, 2002)
- Original Release Date: May 21, 2002
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Original recording reissued
- Label: Sony Legacy
- Run Time: 59 minutes
- ASIN: B000066NWC
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,913 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Miss Perfumado Original recording reissued
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Like Billie Holiday, the Cape Verdean queen of morna--a slow, rhythmically balladic blend of African blues and the Portuguese fado--asked heartache to come in and set a spell. In fact, trouble and Cesaria Evora are longtime soulmates. This 1992 album (released in the U.S. in 1998) about nostalgia, longing, hit-and-run lovers, and the sea features titles like "Barbincour" ("The Conman") and "Torura" ("Torture"). It went gold in France, transforming the plump grandma diva of her West African island's beachside canteens into a world-music icon. Not the least of Evora's magical appeal is that those smooth, honey-rich vocals suggest a universe of passion and pain, with nary a spasm of self-pity to break the spell. --Elena Oumano
Top Customer Reviews
The songs on this CD are lilting, melodic gems, most with a nice slow swing to them, with a few that are more up-tempo, like tracks # 3, 10, and the fabulous "Angola" (# 6), which is my favorite number on the CD.
Four of the tracks (# 2, 7, 9, 11) were written by Cesaria's prolific uncle Francisco (better known as B. Leza), as well as three by one of Francisco's followers, Manuel de Novas (# 3, 4, 12). The musicianship is marvelous throughout this recording, and a lot of the world-wide success of this CD is owed to the masterful arrangements and piano artistry of Paulino Viera, whose solos add much to the beauty of the music, as does the haunting violin playing by Malaquias Costa featured in the final "Tortura".
A good place to start your Cesaria Evora collection, the sound is quite good and total playing time is 59'29.
My favorite track is Cumpade Ciznone, where a 1930's seaside night club comes to life. I hope Ms. Evora sings until her last breath because I'll be listening. If you want to broaden your horizon but don't have the money to travel, pick up 'Miss Perfumado'. Once Ms. Evora hooks you in, you'll never be the same.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
so inspirational to listen to. Will open your mind to a new way of thinking. So smooth.Published 2 months ago by bruce
What a great singer. Everyone should experience this lady's singing. This is one of her
earlier CD's. Good shipper and will use again!
this is said to be her "best" album (disc). i don't know
if that is true, but it is fantastic. Read more
Absolutely wonderful.The voice, the musicians and the music bring haunting refrains to life. Very evocative music to share with people you care about.
As a musician who has performed with, listen to and seen many of the class acts, I regret deeply that I never had the opportunity to have seen and heard Cesaria Evora in person. Read morePublished on December 28, 2010 by Ooma
Excellent album, but her best album to date, in my opinion, is her last effort, "Nha sentimento"Published on January 31, 2010 by Alessandro Filippini