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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Bebe is Maria Nieves Rebolledo Villa from Valencia
and if you have not yet heard her then it is time
to get aquainted. You will not be disappointed.

Her husky, evocative voice is captivating, addictive even.

This is her second album. Her first, 'Pafuera Teleranas',
released in 2004 was a confident and highly enjoyable debut.
The new album 'Y.', however, is a stronger and even more
distinctively idiosyncratic collection.

Hip hop beats meld atmospherically with traditional Spanish
guitar in the beguilingly slinky opening track 'No+Llora'.
A magical introduction and the magic doesn't let up.

'Me Fui' unravels a haunting melody suffused with longing.
The barely audible unaccompanied vocal coda is stunning.

This is music of enchantment.

'Busco-Me' is easily one of the most affecting songs
I have heard this year. Powerful, primative and intoxicating.

'La Bicha' begins with waves and a half-heard whisper.
The rhythmic litany which follows is impossible to keep
still to. The shuffling beat and rasping vocal drag us along
without the slightest power to resist its chaotic charms.

'Se Fue' weaves a spell out of almost nothing.
The simple instrumental arrangement and four-square beat
support another laid-back vocal of mesmerising charm.

Final track 'Uh, Uh, Uh, Uh, Uh' (count them!) brings the
album to a stunning minimalist close. Voice and bass guitar.
No more - no less but so much more just because of it.

Raw talent. Fervent Latin passion. Innate musicality.
Bebe has the lot and I'm besotted - hook, line and sinker.

Essential.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 27 November 2009
It's a bit difficult to find out much about Bebe in the English speaking world. Apparently, she was born in Valencia but her musical family comes from Extremadura (bordering Portugal). She won the 'Best New Artist' award at the 2005 Latin Grammy Awards. This is her second album. That's about it, in English (there is a Wicki entry). But I think we'll be hearing more.

The album was recorded in Madrid and Cadiz, mastered in London. I'd love to tell you who produced it, because they did a superb job, but I'm afraid my Spanish isn't up to it. The sleeve notes include all the lyrics and a nice picture of someone's toes.

The thirteen tracks on this album display a range and depth that is quite awe inspiring. Her husky vocals have a power and subtlety that seem to be as happily at home with Portuguese 'Fado' and flamenco style ballads as with the 'Kurt Weill' reminiscent 'Escuece', complete with clarinets and brass. But then she slips down into the beautiful, gentle and wonderfully intimate electric Cuanto+Me Sujetas. The next track, Que Mim Porta, starts almost like a Bjork number, before going into a high-speed Spanish rap, then slipping into night-club smokiness, back into high-speed rap.

'La Bicha' just oozes attitude. 'Se Fue', an intimate, sweet song, lovely balance of electric and acoustic accompaniment. 'Pa Una Isla' up tempo, remarkably diverse (trombone, slide-guitar), all melded together under Bebe's lovely husky voice. 'Nostare' - gentle drips, slipping into a mellifluous guitar, 3/4 time. 'Pa Mi Casa', up tempo, walking bass line, mandolin and a sing-along chorus, guitars and trombones, is that a Hammond organ in there? Fading out to the sound of gentle waves.

And then the last track. Pared down and sparse beauty. Just a voice and a bass guitar. Quiet, gentle, but masterly playing that reminded me of Back Door - amazingly effective, the husky warmth of Bebe's voice coupled with precise but totally sympathetic bass playing. Really, truly gorgeous...

This is simply a quite special album and I think you ought to take a chance and try it. It'll be summer again before you know it. :-)
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