Simply put, Melina Kana is a great Greek vocalist and this album must be part of your world music collection. For those who want more than words of review, and owing to the absence of samples for "Portait" here, I suggest you listen to Amazon's .mp3 Digital Album, an anthology of her other songs. You will then discover that this Portrait album is even better! It is stronger, more beautiful, and more varied. Kana's songs and sensitivity are steeped in classic melancholy rembetika and tragic laiko, while not strictly in those styles. English translations of the songs are provided in the accompanying booklet, which will strengthen the moods as you listen. Fascinating lyrics, too, such as "An aspirin and a coffee/And then two cigarettes/This evening the souls/Creak uphill/Like rusty carts"; "Melancholy days, heavy drops of rain/Fall on pills and bottles/I seek no comfort/In films and books"; "At night and in the morning/Your love became a bitter torture/It turned into a song, into a plea,/Becoming the truth in my world of illusion". And that is just a taste. Kana has reached out to other Mediterranian influences, Rumanian gypsy music, and also to Turkmenistan in Central Asia; their rhythms and instrumentation can be heard on some tracks. These later tracks also are more upbeat and contemporary in sound. This is a well-edited, well-mastered, outstanding collection on the German Network label taken from her recent albums on Lyra, an indigenous Greek label. Duration is 69 minutes.