I had little idea what to expect when I choose this CD, being familiar only with Cesar Evoria in this style of singing. On first playing I was excited by the instrumentation but not thrilled with the vocals, they sounded a little "pop." I had a suspicion that there was something missing, and there was - my lack of sophistication. The more I listened the more I got, and this is an absolutely thrilling c.d.. Yes, the instrumentation is fantastic, but the voice is heavenly, filled with passion, and so assured you'll feel like Ana Moura is in the room with you. I don't understand Portuguese, but I do understand Ana Moura - style, technique, passion.
The first half of songs on this album seem a bit disjointed and robotic. The songs lack enough energy and cohesiveness to really break away into something special. The composition is pretty simple with a guitar or two in the background and her vocals in the foreground. But some of the songs, particularly the first few songs... the background and foreground elements don't seem to combine or complement each other well. Things get better starting around the 8th song and the vocals then seem to be less … more
Wow! How can I describe Ana Moura and her fado music? Sensual... haunting... sultry... emotional... and simmering are all words that come to mind, however there is an appealing depth that just defies description. This is some of the most alluring music I've ever listened to. Fado is a Portuguese musical genre that dates back to the 1820's, a music that is linked closely with the sea (even without a knowledge of fado or Portuguese, that maritime linkage … more
Ana Moura is universally acknowledged as one of the finest fado singers of the present generation. Her plaintive, smoky vocals has garnereda loyal European following, including members of The Rolling Stones. Whether starkly declaiming or swirling into filigreed crescendos of emotion, Ana's burnished alto personifies fado's darkly sensual credo of wisdom born of pain, grace, and futility, and secual passion perpetually on simmer, despite repeated and increasingly bitter betrayals.