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Mariza - Fado Curvo (2003) Retail CD
Those who loved Marisa's first album will probably feel very much the same way about Fado Curvo. However, just like Fado Em Mim, this album takes a while to reveal its subtle charms. Though Madredeus mastermind Carlos Maria Trindade takes over production duties from Jorge Fernando, Fado Curvo is no great departure in sonic terms. The basic fado arrangement of Portuguese guitar, Spanish guitar and bass still predominates, with occasional piano from Tiago Machado, and only "Deserto" really pushes the new fado envelope. The main difference is the way the album was put together and the materialmore… used. There's far less reliance on songs associated with fado's megadiva Amália Rodrigues. Keen to move on from comparisons with her, Mariza has only chosen one fado from Amália's repertoire, and certainly makes "Primavera" her own. Most of the other songs are specially commissioned compositions which make use of Portuguese poets' work, both new and old. The cracking opener "Silêncio da Guitarra" is a very fine example of the fado castiço tradition in which melodies from the 200-plus body of traditional fados are given new words. Here the old "Zé Negro" fado gets that treatment by contemporary writer José Luis Gordo. Mariza also looks beyond Lisbon, including "Menino do Bairro Negro" from the Coimbra tradition as well as sprightly folk dances from both the north (Fado Curvo) and south (Feira de Castro) of Portugal, which lighten the prevailing mood of melancholy. A live-in-the-studio approach has effectively captured Mariza's powerful vocal charisma. She seems to extract maximum dramatic effect from each syllable, somehow without making things sound overwrought. Fado Curvo is the sound of a very special singer at the top of her class and in full command of her art, with one foot in the past and her gaze fixed firmly on the future. --Jon Lusk
|1||O Silencio Da Guitarra|
|3||Feira De Castro|
|4||Vielas De Alfama|
|7||Menino De Barrio Negro|
|9||Entre O Rio E A Razao|
|12||Aneis Do Meu Cabelo|
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