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Immense Talent, So-So Album,
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This review is from: Céu (Audio CD)
Thanks to Starbucks, I suppose there's no need for background info for Ceu. She's a singer from Brasil that's both amazingly talented and rather beautiful too. Ziriguiboom/Crammed un-earthed another gem here with her, and thanks to Six-Degrees, the USA distribution channel, she's seen loads of publicity that've helped get her warranted notoriety.
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. But the problem I did have with the album was that some of the songs were redundant and I hit FF on several tracks before they'd finish because they didn't go anywhere or keep my attention. Still, it's a great debut and I look forward to seeing her sophomore product which should be better. If you like this, do know this isn't completely unique... this has a very strong similarity to the underrated Mylene (Pires). Also check out Apollo Nove, Cibelle, other Ziriguiboom artists, and you may like another young artist named Sabrina Malheiros, daughter of Azymuth's Alex Malheiros, who's on Far Out Records. Lastly, you might also like Democustico.