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Bebel Gilberto is back with Momento, her third solo album, presenting some of her most elegant and personal musical statements yet. Bebel Gilberto's soulful restrained blend of Brazilian and international music took the world by surprise with the release of Tanto Tempo in 2000. Although Gilberto has an impressive genealogy she never had any intention of following in her parents' footsteps. She developed her own unique style moving to New York City and working with artists as varied as David Byrne, Caetano Veloso, Towa Tei (Deee Lite) and Thievery Corporation. By the time she recorded Tanto Tempo, she had already forged her own musical identity, combining Brazilian pop, European sophistication, and cutting edge electronica with a unique silky vocal style which entranced audiences all around the world. While Tanto Tempo became the third biggest selling Brazilian album in US chart history. It also earned her two Latin Grammy nominations for Best Brazilian Album and Best New Artist. On her second self-titled collection, Gilberto aimed for a more traditional sound. I called the album Bebel Gilberto to make a statement about my name, the singer says. I grew up cautiously, in terms of being a songwriter, not knowing how people might react. There are still touches of Electronica on Bebel Gilberto, but it's largely a showcase for her sweetly affecting vocals and polished songwriting. The album captured positive press worldwide and earned her another Grammy nomination - Best World Music Album. `I am honored that people look forward to hear my music, which is the biggest inspiration an artist can have. Bebel's long awaited new release draws on the graceful, low-key electronica of Tanto Tempo and the enchanting, acoustic simplicity of her second self-titled album. Gilberto's voice is presented in a variety of settings that showcase her magical delivery and subtle, powerful emotions. On Momento Gilberto also comes into her own as a songwriter, writing or cowriting the majority of the songs, and delivers three impressive covers. Momento was made with the help of such diverse producers as Guy Sigsworth and the band Brazilian Girls and was recorded in three of Bebel's favorite cities London, Rio de Janeiro and New York. The new CD is as forward thinking and dynamic as we've come to expect from Gilberto, an artist with an omnivorous creative bent. Momento's blend of samba, pop, bossa, electronica and Gilberto's growing confidence as both singer and writer, catapults her into he first rank of international performers. There is no category that can contain her, save one Bebel Music. Welcome to this `Momento.'
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Recorded in Rio de Janeiro, London and New York, the album is a shimmering piece of laidback songwriting that sits comfortably between the electronic simplicity of her debut Tanto Tempo" and the acoustic sophistication of her eponymous sophomore effort.
From opening track "Momento", it's an extremely relaxing listen, beautifully steered by Gilberto's soothing vocal style and keen ear for a melody. But it's also capable of delivering good on the odd risky moment.
A cover version of Cole Porter's "Night And Day" might have been easy to get wrong; but is made all the more intimate by Gilberto's breathy delivery. While the presence of Guy Sigsworth (of Bjork, Madonna and Frou Frou/Imogen Heap fame) ensures the album also retains a distinctly mainstream appeal that's capable of broadening her appeal.
Highlights, of which there are many, include "Bring Back The Love", which blends bossa and electronica to seemless effect, C"lose To You", which drops a nice Oriental flavour late on and sounds like a Tracey Thorn offering, and "Cacada", a song penned by her uncle Chico Buarque, which offers a more upbeat vibe and includes some wonderful flute.
Another favourite "Tranquilo" was recorded with Orquestra Imperial (the big band founded around three young men who count arguably among Brazil's most inventive musicians/producers: Kassin, Moreno Veloso and Domenico) and genuinely succeeds in recapturing the magic of Rio at the height of a warm summer's evening.
"Um Segundo" also seduces with its lush vocal layering and playful quality, while "Words" closes things out in suitably beautiful fashion by setting Gilberto's breathy delivery against a lonesome acoustic guitar. It's a lovely finish to a quietly intoxicating listen that marks another major triumph for Gilberto.
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The first thing people may notice is the inclusion of more English-language songs. Honestly, I think it tends to take away more from the album than adding to it, especially when there are grammatical errors, like in "Words" when Bebel sings, "I need some words just to explain my pain and describe my misbehave".
The album opens with the title track, "Momento", which is a nice little relaxing diddy without too much fuss, much like much of her beach-lounge music. "Bring Back the Love" is a more upbeat-dance tune with just a bit of electronica thrown in. I found that the repetition of the words "bringing back the love" and the vocals do not match the background beat/music. "Close To You" is a nice romantic song, and probably my favorite of the English-spoken songs (with Portuguese thrown in) on the album. It's got a nice low-key intstrumental background. In "Os Novos Yorkinos", Bebel sings with Sabina Sciubba (who doesn't sing, and speaks 2 lines in the whole track) of Brazilian Girls (a group with none of the members from Brasil) is a light, fun, acoustic song without too much substance, but is pleasant to listen to.
"Azul" is one of my favorite tracks, which the instrumentals highlight Bebel's voice very well, and is another slower romantic song with some acoustics in the mix. "Cacada" is an upbeat samba-ish song with drums in the middle part of the song, it makes for good listening. "Night and Day" is my other favorite English song (entirely in English), is a very lazy love song with mainly an acoustic guitar serving as the instrumental. It complements a rainy day very well. "Tranquilo" has a very Mexican cha-cha sound to it, which sounds out of place at first. The song is so-so without any substance at all.
"Um Segundo" is another song that doesn't really fit into any category with mainly an acoustic guitar and some light drumming to ompliment more upbeat vocals. "Cade Voce" is my favorite song on the whole album, with the intro being an acoustic strumming which then stems into lush instrumentation and more lush vocals. The enunciation of Bebel's lyrics stand out in a very good way. It has a very relaxed feel to it, with background singers oohing and aahing along with 2 accompanying violins/violas towards the end. "Words" is an so-so song which is entirely sung mostly in English. It sounds more like filler, like some of the other songs on this album with minimal background music and not much in the way of vocals.
Overall, this album was slightly disappointing. I think her trying to be more mainstream in the States is taking away from the overall polish of the album, and too many of the songs sound like filler, and it wouldn't be a stretch to say they sound pretty similar. The songs I did like though, I liked a lot with the varying types of instrumentation.
Recommended tracks: "Cade Voce", "Azul", "Close To You"
Her third feature with Crammed/Ziriguiboom is good. It's got a few nice moments. In particular, I thought "Azul" was nice with a mellowed bossa beat to it. And I liked "Cacada" too - maybe most of all. Nice arrangement, actually sounded a little lighter and the guitar play was great. Celso Fonseca featured so no surprise there. A latin touch with "Um Segundo" did admittedly take me by surprise. And I liked "Words", just guitar and her voice. Sort of reminds me of "Samba E Amor" from her first album. But in the end those were the highlights to me. "Bring Back the Love" was the song used to announce the arrival of this cd, and it's nothing spectacular to me... sort of forgetable but it is meant for the dancefloor so it'll probably get some neat remixes. And some of the other songs on this one seemed to wan a bit... I understand the vibe intended but a bit more of a real, live, *SPARK* would have been great here. To be honest, some of the songs really did sound like 'filler'.
At the end of the day, it's a nice album but perhaps I put a little too much expectation on some of the releases. Without question though I think it could be better... just my opinion, but sometimes I felt like this album wasn't as much about the singing/songwriting and music like her first album... I don't care if it's "Brazilian Girls" producing anything, what matters is the sound and actual music. On Tanto Tempo, of course Suba's influence was great but wasn't "August Day Song" very nice too, which featured Christian Franck and Nina Miranda? I just came away from this album feeling like it sounded good, but something was missing. Like maybe there should be some more guest artists like featured in Cacada... it would be neat for Marcos Valle or the Far Out crew also could have contributed (Imagine what Roc Hunter could do!)
But if you did enjoy this, of course be on the look-out for the remix album - maybe there'll be another stunner of a mix like The Latin Project's take on "Aganju". Speaking of Christian Franck and Nina Miranda, be on the lookout for an album from them too - they've got a project going called "Zeep" which promises to be pretty interesting. If you liked "August Day Song", you'd like their track "Agua". You might also like Ceu's album... very interesting and fresh approach and... she's absolutely stunning!!
As on her first two LPs, she starts things off with a sensual selection, this time with the ethereal title track. Warm, passionate sounds frame the enchanting Brazilian cool of her voice, harkening thoughts of 60's lounge singers and tropical cruises. Singing that all the stresses her listener faces will soon come to pass, that the words are in Portuguese makes no difference - her silky voice alone is the perfect remedy. She then moves on to the lightly danceable lead single "Bring Back the Love," where the awesome New York-based quintet Brazilian Girls (which incidentally has just one female member) add buoyancy to its dreamy melody.
This is not to say that her sound is uniform, however. "Tranquilo," which features the brilliant sounds Orquestra Imperial on instrumentals and backing vocals, is a rousing affair straight out of a late-night party that fits perfectly into the album's tropical aura. Contrastingly, "Um Segundo" is a breath of fresh air with its sparse accompaniment, making Gilberto's vocals invariably take center stage. Also, "Cacada" features a sprightly melody and a zesty host of ethnic instrumentation.
The sultry songstress tips the hat to her native New York with the urban-themed "Os Novos Yorkinos" while also giving well-versed music lovers something to treasure with her gorgeous, lilting take on Cole Porter's classic "Night and Day." Normally an animated showtune, Gilberto reinvents the song into a meticulous slice of romantic balladry with her bossa nova flavors.
The best moment of the set (arguably), however, is the euphoric "Cada Voce?" With an overwhelmingly beautiful mix of guitars, synths, violins and spirited vocals, producer Guy Sigsworth takes home the gold with this one. Gilberto concludes the record on a high note with "Words," a soul-searching slice of life accompanied by a single acoustic guitar.
Gilberto's music is something special that a privileged few have come to know, and she only sets the bar higher with "Momento." Listen, and be transported.
i am seeing a trend in her music away from techno. her first album tanto tempo became a techno club favorite. it had many songs produced by suba, a yugoslavian born electronica producer who lived and made music in brazil. her eponymous second album had a few techno style songs but featured less electronica. this third album momento has only one true electronica track with a few others that will certainly be remixed into that style. i like her electronica songs, but bebel's trend away from it has been felicitous. she's really making innovative, beautiful music now.
if you liked bebel's other cds, you will like this one too. if you haven't heard her, momento is a great introduction to her music.
Soft vocals over an almost African rhythm that just blend together so well. Yeh this is quality lounge music, this is music for the summer, long lazy days having a drink with friends, just being alone after a hard day or a long drive.
Probably the only thing I dislike on this CD are when she sings in English. Give me that Portuguese any day!