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Samba Meu

Maria Rita Audio CD

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BBC Review

As the daughter of two Brazilian musical icons - legendary singer Elis Regina and acclaimed pianist Cezar Camargo Mariano - it's no surprise that Maria Rita has followed in their footsteps to become one of her native land's best selling artists.

After studying at New York University and working as a journalist, Rita didn't release her first album until the age of 24, but over a million sales worldwide for her eponymous debut and a host of Latin Grammy awards soon established her at the pinnacle of the current MPB (Música Popular Brasileira) scene.

After further success with 2005's Segundo, Samba Meu (My Samba) sees the Sôo Paulo-born star paying tribute to the traditional music of Brazil, featuring acoustic reinterpretations of works by some of the country's great songwriters. Backed by some impeccably tasteful musicianship and arrangements, Rita meanders politely through 13 pleasant, yet distinctly unmemorable, tracks; her note-perfect vocals never threatening to break into anything more taxing than a breezy trill.

It's difficult to be too critical of music that's performed so proficiently, but Samba Meu is just too polished and lacking in edge to make a real impact on the listener, with each composition blending seamlessly into the next with little in the way of variety. This makes selecting standout moments rather difficult, although "Cria" does fleetingly bring to mind 60s psychedelic mavericks Os Mutantes at their most serene, and the title track has a wistful intimacy largely absent elsewhere.

There's little doubt Rita's Latin American fanbase will lap up her latest offering, but this collection of inoffensive, insubstantial ditties is unlikely to generate much enthusiasm beyond samba aficionados across a broader global audience. --Chris White

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MARIA RITA'S BEAUTIFUL, BLAZING SAMBAS-AT LAST!! (Latin-Grammy Winner) 29 Sep 2007
By RBSProds - Published on
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Five HUGE Stars!! Wonderful performances by Maria Rita (Mariano), Brazil's brilliant, multi-Grammy-winning young diva, on "Samba Meu" (Samba Mine). She generally avoided straight-forward sambas on her award-winning eponymous debut CD, "Maria Rita", and on the "Segundo" CD in order to establish her MPB (Brazilian Popular Music) musical identity. Now on her 3rd CD, she delivers what many have waited for: the CD focused on the samba and it won a Latin Grammy for Best Samba/Pagode Album in 2008. And she delivers many types of sambas from gentle 'samba-canção' to thundering 'samba-school' batucadas in a virtuoso display of this great Brazilian musical form, punctuated throughout by the unique sound of the 'cuica'. The 'Best of the Best' include great performances of "Samba Meu", a blazing song about "Maria do Socorro", a vowel-popping "Casa de Noca" (House of Commotion), the dazzling "Num Corpo Só" (In Only One Body) "Cria" (Son) dedicated to her boy who makes an hilarious appearance, and "Corpictho" ('Fine' Body) where she eerily sounds like her mom, the late great super-diva Elis Regina. "Tá Perdoado" (You're Forgiven) is high on the 'Brazilian Hot 100' charts as of this writing, and the breathtaking "Mente Ao Meu Coracao" (He Lies To My Heart) is further proof that Maria Rita has the full genetic DNA vocal inheritance of her legendary mother and the musical sensibilities of her pianist/arranger father, Cesar Camargo Mariano. A wonderful CD sung entirely in sensual Braziilian-Portuguese that transfers the emotions without need for translation, it's just great samba music. Bravo, Maria Rita !! My Highest Recommendation. Five BLAZING Stars!!!
(This review is based on an iTunes digital download. BTW, "Rita" is pronounced HEE-ta, after her namesake, Brazilian rock queen Rita Lee.)
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Brazilian New Samba 18 Sep 2007
By Bent Tine - Published on
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There has been a lot to love coming out of Brazil in the last few years. Well, for that matter, the last 30 years and more. But recently, Maria Rita stands out for me along with Moreno Veloso (see his dad's record called Ce), Domenico & Kassim. There's a good deal of interesting hip-hop coming out of Brazil, artists here in the states doing their best to alter the course of American jazz and popular music (see Arto Lindsay, Cyro Baptista, Vinicius Cantuaria, others).

I just think this is incredible music, satisfying on so many levels. Rhythmically, melodically, energy-wise. It's fun music that's not dull. It's challenging. And it feels so good. Pick it up. You won't regret it. Her first album is still my favorite. There are a few choices made in production on the last two that wouldn't be my top choices, but the music recovers in the end. Totally worthwhile stuff. Thank you, Maria.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFULL 28 April 2008
By Mirna L. Chacin - Published on
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Whether you know or not Maria Rita , You will love this cd.
So far, I have all the 3 cds and 2 dvd of Maria Rita,This one is as good as the other, but a quite joiness bea=cause is about samba. Even is the are 2 includes two melaconlic themes , "saudade di samba" is music to make you feel happy. I just waiting for the dvd of this last production so wach her performance .
Enjoy it!!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Samba Meu 18 Nov 2007
By Paul F. Correia - Published on
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Perhaps not quite as good as Segundo, but this CD of Samba has songs that are distinctly Maria Rita, there are sounds of Jobim and Ellis. Great Album
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvelous Music that Always Makes Me Smile 29 April 2009
By Leonardo Rafael Camargo - Published on
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Maria has a fantastic voice!

My ear: I don't speak Portuguese, but I can decipher a few phrases from my knowledge of Spanish. I enjoy salsa, mambo, caberet, latin jazz, big band, latino rock, funk, brazilian reggae and ballads. If you like any of these, you will be sure to delight in Maria Rita.

*Highlight* Her voice: I've fallen in love with Maria Rita's voice. It is so smooth and sweet! When the song picks up the beat, her voice fits right in. Some singers are only good with ballads, and others only fast rhythm music. Maria can do both effortlessly.

The Music: This album is eclectic. Some songs are slow, steady. Others are fast paced and coerce you to dance. I really enjoy the varied pace of the songs. I can listen to the entire CD on repeat and I'm not overwhelmed cuz it is so varied.

The Verdict: My favorite album in years. Hands down. Maria Rita catapulted herself to one of my favorite artists. She makes me want to understand Brazilian Portuguese, and experience her in concert.
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