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Among my favorite tracks is "Vaga, No Azul Amplo Solta," where Ana is joined by Spanish singer/songwriter Patxi Andion, and their blend of voices in this beautiful song touches the heart and lifts the soul, and another is the lovely, lilting "Ate Ao Fim Do Fim." The musicianship throughout the CD is marvelous, with Jorge Fernando's guitar work predominant, and a slight jazz feel to the last track with a saxophone added to the arrangement (Fernando also wrote many of the songs and did the arrangements). The booklet insert has lyrics in Portuguese and English, and many photos of the very attractive Ana. Total running time is 47.03
I am simply blown away. Listening to Ana Moura's PARA ALEM DA SAUDADE (Beyond Mere Longing), it puts a body in a mood and transports a soul into a place redolent with unfulfilled yearnings, and pain with acceptance, and waiting for love (but maybe waiting in vain). Fado is a traditional musical style from Portugal and it offers a glimpse into the Portuguese soul and psyche. Fado is an old artform, with Ana Moura one of its latest and among its most gifted practitioners.
I read somewhere, fado is about love and loss and the sea. And that's true of PARA ALEM DA SAUDADE. Hearing these songs, I couldn't help but feel somber and wistful and reflective. Made me think of past things, and made me play that game of Oh-if-only... Do you have a quiet ache? Fado expresses so well the emotions of enduring hurt and bittersweetness and steadfast longing. This music made me sad, but the thing was, listening to Ana Moura, I reveled in the feeling. Ana's vocals are simple yet evocative, understated yet soulful. Her voice is smoky seductive without trying hard and sustains a quiet assuredness which at times elevates to a passionate crescendo. The spare musical accompaniment consists of a trio of guitars so masterfully played, and it's enough and it lends that ideal sense of intimacy. Two songs into this disc and I was swept away. Closed my eyes, longed for whiskey to kill (so as to really get in the moment). The songs made me sad, and it was okay.
I would've enjoyed this one irregardless, as Ana's heartfelt interpretation of fado steadily wove its spell, never mind that I could only capture a word here and there. Still I'm thankful there's a booklet included which translates the songs.Read more ›
A lovely, longing voice is shown by Portuguesa singer, Ana Moura. There is no need to translate the words, the music and the voice says it all. Ana Mauro started out in life singing Fado, but as she grew older pop and rock drew her in. She went one evening to a Fado house and was asked to sing, the owner of the house, a well known Fado signer, asked Ana to join her house and so began her career. A Fado house is also known as a Fado Club where only Fado is sung. This CD is the first release of her Fado music in the United States, titled 'Keep My Life In Your Hands'.
"My life changed when I began going to the Fado houses," Ana states today. "There's no microphone -- it's very intimate. New singers learn through a kind of apprenticeship, learning the intricacies of the style from the older, more established singers.Read more ›
Ana Moura's voice is intimate and clear; the music drifted into me and made a day at the same desk in the same office a whole lot deeper. She is a treasure; a melancholy valentine in a bottle from another part of the world.
Warm and dreamy stuff; a necessary respite for the soul. I can't recommend this enough over anything produced in the states today. If you can't escape to a foreign retreat, here's an inspired little piece of it.
BTW: Even the CD's packaging is better than most: the gorgeous cardboard sleeve contains an slimmer CD case and a book of lyrics, translated.
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Everybody who owns records from Mariza, should also get familiar with Ana Moura. This album includes really nice set of songs from Ms. Moura. Well masters album.Published on January 4, 2014 by MikkoH
I should say that my relatively recent (six months or so ago) introduction to fado was Amalia, and I was instantly hooked. Read morePublished on June 23, 2013 by Snab
Pleasant, atmospheric songs that could function for the uninitiated mostly as background music. Some of the tracks tend to blur together, and the album as a whole feels a little... Read morePublished on April 21, 2011 by alaska
Ana Moura demonstrates what fado should be -- sad, plaintive and filled with a heart-felt emotion. With a relatively deep voice, she touches a listener as few other singers do,... Read morePublished on April 12, 2009 by Anthony Scaduto
I have to confess, I was pretty excited when I saw this one-- a master of a world vocal genre I possess minimal familiarity with, but the truth is, "Para Alem da Saudade" was a bit... Read morePublished on October 23, 2008 by Michael Stack
This is a powerful album which is deliciously light-footed at the same time! It has garnered a Best of 2007s Editors' Pick from "The Beat Magazine," among others. Read morePublished on October 16, 2008 by J. Winokur
This album contains fado music, an art form mostly found in Portugal. Fado music consists of intensely personal lyrics with minimal orchestration. Read morePublished on May 16, 2008 by USAF Veteran
I had little idea what to expect when I choose this CD, being familiar only with Cesar Evoria in this style of singing. Read morePublished on May 6, 2008 by Richard Wells