on 5 January 2003
Having lived in Lisbon for several years, maybe I'm biased, but the music of Madredeus has to be one of the most beautiful and simply unique sounds around, and this album can maybe introduce this to the sadly (for them!) ignorant masses. I've seen them live several times in the UK, yet they're a closely kept secret here.
To describe them is hard, but the best description would be a chilled mix of jazz, classical and Fado (folk) music, but the sum is far greater than its parts, and this new remix CD extends this further. As Alpha says in the sleeve notes, the music is the sound of lazy Lisbon afternoons, and this listening to this album in the UK is "like eating an ice cream in the rain", in the most positive sense...
The mixes on this CD, by notable names such as Alpha, Craig Armstrong and Rob Da Bank range from the sublime to occasionally the mildly ridiculous, but as a whole, the album is perfect for those Sunday afternoon "come-downs" and compliments the existing work of the band admirably.
Please, check this out and if you like it, head straight for "O Porto", a live album which best captures the beauty of this extraordinary band.
on 7 August 2002
Bizarre - Madredeus get the remix treatment. The two just don't seem to go.
Having heard this collection of remixes, in some instances it works - the beautiful melodies, the amazing, touching vocals, definately will chill you out. On the other hand it smells of selling out. Madredeas are totally unique, special and bringing their music on par with your average chill out sound is a little offensive.
If you've never heard them, get the Anthology albumn and work from there. Well worth the purchase. I give 5* to all their other CD's. 6 if I could. But this will end up as nothing more than an experiment in their discography listings. And there's nothing wrong with experimenting, I guess...