|4. Maria Lisboa|
|5. O Gente Da Minha Terra|
|6. Que Deus Me Perdoe|
|7. Ha Festa Na Mouraria|
|8. Terra D'agua|
|9. Oica La O Senhor Vinho|
|10. Por Ti!|
|12. Barco Negro|
|13. Bonus Track|
I don't understand the exact words she's saying, but her emotions and passion are loud and clear. "O Gente da Minha Terra" sounds very mournful and pleading, while not by any means melodramatic. The guitars and instrumentation on this album is masterful and adds to Mariza's beautiful voice many more layers of emotion. It sounds traditional (no "new-age" Yanni synthesizer crap) without being hokey. The bass (I assume it is a bass) in the beginning of "Por Ti!" sounds very American Jazzy. Whatever that means. What I'm trying to say is it doesn't sound too "old-World-y," like the only people who would listen to it are your mother or grandfather. Dude, it's really good. Don't deny yourself.
I have trouble describing the layers of emotion I hear in this song. It's just freaking beautiful.
"Oica La O Senhor Vinho"
The beat of this song is awesome. It totally makes me think of going to Rhode Island for a weekend family reunion - I know, you're like "family reunions suck, Rhode Island sucks-" but dude, I'm talking about Portuguese-American cuisine here! Hell yeah! This whole album makes me feel so good. It makes me want to learn Portuguese.
If you want to get a taste of it, go to [...] and download "O Gente Da Minha Terra" (Link TV's Music Store offers it for a mere 99 cents). Then, if you like it (I am sure you will), come back and get your copy of her 'Fado Em Mim' album. You will agree once you do, that this lady's singing can pierce your heart and almost make you cry in a way few others can.
It is just unbelievable how awfully long such a brilliant artist has taken to penetrate into the US market (something that, I'd still contest hasn't quite happened...), but at least there's Amazon and Link TV to save our musical souls once in a while! ;)
The great Amalia Rodrigues, the most famous lady of Fado, makes me cry. Mariza, with her clear, sweet voice ringing out, and the sometimes-cynical lyrics always makes me smile, no matter what the subject. The bouncy "Oiça lá ó Senhor Vinho", a jocular complaint to Mr. Wine, that bad boy who makes you do things you shouldn't, fall on the floor and have headaches, is my favorite on here, but it's ALL good. If you are new to Fado, or if you are a long-time fan, you may love this as much as I do.