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When she was 19 years old, after a contact with the world of opera in Italy, she gave up the lyric song and soon became the sensation in the Brazilian musical scene. Still at the age of 19 years old, her professional debut show in a jazz bar was received enthusiastically by the critic and audience, and few months later she started crowding big theaters in Brazil, with no albums recorded, ... Read more in Amazon's Marisa Monte Store

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  • Audio CD (10 Oct 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Parlophone Jazz
  • ASIN: B000005GYB
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,633 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Maria De Verdade
2. Na Estrada
3. Ao Meu Redor
4. Sedue O Seco
5. Pale Blue Eyes
6. Danca Da Solidao
7. De Mais Ninguem
8. Alta Noite
9. O Ceu
10. Bem Leve
11. Balanca Pema
12. Enquanto Isso
13. Esta Melodia

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Nov 2000
Format: Audio CD
Rose and Charcoal is surely Marisa Monte's most rounded album to date. It is a rich programme of songs, beautifully arranged and exquisitely produced by Arto Lindsay. The album opens with the curiously bitonal Maria de Verdade, the first of three tracks written by Carlinhos Brown, who also contributes the infectious anthem, Segue O Seco, translated in the booklet as "The Draught Goes On", rather that drought.
There are also the customary nods to the past, and her influences, reinterpreted with originality and sensitivity. Among these, the velvet Underground's Pale Blues Eyes sounds sweetly acclimatized by means of the nylon-strung Spanish guitar. This is followed by Paulinho da Viola's Danca da Solidao, deeply enriched by Ned Rosenberg's bass clarinet.
Marisa's own compositions, however, don't pale in this company, indeed they even stand out. De Mais Ninguem matches anything on the album for depth and originality, while Bem Leve seems to encompass the whole of Monte's Tropicalia/MPB roots with deft subtlety.
The album features a suitably eclectic all-star cast, from Tropicalia veterans Gilberto Gil and Paulinho da Viola to the diverse American representation of Bernie Worrell, Laurie Anderson and Philip Glass. If you only ever buy one Marisa Monte album, make it this one, followed shortly A Great Noise and then everything else. Once bitten... Monte's voice and delivery cover the widest range of social and spiritual criteria of anyone of her generation - Brazil's greatest.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By SB on 19 April 2006
Format: Audio CD
Ah, truth be told: I picked this up in the remaindered bin in a shop about 10 years ago. Just on a whim. (Well, for two quid you couldn't really go wrong, could you?)

Marisa Monte is just wonderful. She has a beautiful voice; she sings evocative latin jazz/pop. Turns out that she's absolutely HUGE in Latin America. Kind of like Madonna, but with real musical talent. Speak to anybody who has lived in Brazil, or Portugal, or who speaks Portuguese. Like as not they'll go on about Marisa Monte all night.

If you like latin rhythms to your music, with interesting musical harmonies, and female vocalists, then this is for you.
"Quando vem rompendo gia, eu me levant comec logo cantar. . ."
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
A Mermaid 8 April 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I've always loved Marisa Monte's voice- it's warm, it's sexy. She was raised in Rio, in the middle of Portela, one of Rio's most traditional samba schools. She decided to study opera in Italy for a while, but decided to go back to her musical roots. This album is very Brazilian, and she intended it to be so. She has Northeastern rhythms, MPB-style songs (Musica Popular Brasileira-popular Brazilian music)and samba-choro, lots of it! My favorite track is the last one in the album which is a real gorgeous samba with guitar, drums...the works!-and so intensly melodic! Even if you don't know much about Brazilian music, you'll enjoy this album. And if you like Brazilian music already, you'll really enjoy Monte's beautiful voice. It's not as experimental as, say, Tom Ze or Carlinhos Brown- instead it's like good homemade food: familiar, but always a favorite.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
No. 1 in my CD-Rack !!! 18 Jun 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I've got 300 CD's of Brazilian artists. This one is placed in first position on my CD-Rack. Voice, "ritmo", bahiana, axe, fado, rock, bossa, percussion, violao, tristeza, melancoly, orchestra, intimidade, americana, ..... absolutely everything in a single round disk. "Maria da Verdade" will get you crazy, a real carnival of voices."Danca Da Solidao" will take you to Salvador. "De mais ninguem" O Fado made in Brazil, you are going to break into tears ! Be careful, once you buy it,you won't stop buying Brazilian Music. It is pure addiction !!!.
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Beautiful 1 May 2003
By Milantyus - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Though I have owned this CD for years, I have been listening to it again lately. And again and again. The lilting beauty of Marisa's voice, the song selections, and the superb arrangements add up to something close to perfection. On a deserted island, this is the CD I would play to remind myself why life might still be worth living. Seriously--it's that wonderful.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful, haunting voice 15 Jun 1998
By C. Burgess - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I first heard this singer while visiting a friend in Recife, Brazil, and was immediately hooked. Although I don't speak a word of Portuguese, I was drawn to the sound of Marisa's voice, which is crystal clear and very haunting. The music combines jazz, pop and traditional Brazilian rhythms into a wonderful melange that downright forces you to sway. With each listening, this album grows more complex and more engaging. Highly recommended.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
The best pop album I've ever heard 17 Sep 2004
By CandidOne - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I am a classical musician and was on tour of Brazil in the late 1970's, where I developed interest in the rhythms of traditional and pop music of Brazil.

Years later, I heard Marisa Monte's ROSE AND CHARCOAL and like most others who have written, was absolutely entranced. Her voice, her pronunciation, the arrangements. It is the best album of popular music I've ever heard. Unlike an other reviewer, I find the first song, Carlinhos Brown's "Maria de Verdades" to be hypnotic; the marriage of a beautiful soulful voice, lyrics, and instrumentation just doesn't get better than this.

This transcends music to the realm of dreamtime and Monte's voice is like a breeze.
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