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More sofa than party time but great new Brasilian fusion!
on 2 August 2009
Ceu is one of the new wave of Brasilian female vocal talents and two years after her 2007 debut comes another collection of well-crafted, lazy, occasionally edgy, soulful grooves. The album title actually translates as `slow, easygoing and leisurely' so you get the idea, it's more sofa than party time.
The album kicks off in mellow acoustic style with Ceu extolling the joy of the invisible chemistry of love accompanied only by the distinctive Brasilian sound of the cavaquinho before the mood darkens slightly with `Cangote', her sweet vocals sitting on a jazzy dub reggae rhythm as turntable scratches, melodica and organ snippets swirl around the song's extremities to great effect giving us our first hint of Ceu's adventurous musicality.
Ceu isn't just another love obsessed singer songwriter though. The swinging reggae lilt of `Comadi' is a perfect frame as Ceu laments how much women have to struggle for their position in life, unfortunately still an everyday battle in Brasil's largely machismo society.
`Nascente' is another great example of acoustic instruments and electronic witchcraft combining in perfect harmony as Ceu decides to get all sultry and mysterious whilst some great jazz trumpet stabs away in the background.
Some of the albums most pleasing moments come though when the plug is pulled and Ceu's soulful voice sits on top of some plain old simple instruments as with `Grains de Beaute' and `Vira Lata', both tracks concerning affairs of the heart.
If fact the album is a great blend of the classic sweet Brasilian vocals and traditional instruments we know and love coupled with some pleasing fusions and experimental touches that give the album extra depth and interest.
From start to finish the album sucks you in and takes you through the musical world and many influences of an artist currently on top of her game backed by a wonderful cast of top Brasilian musicians and producers including Curumin, Pupillo and Dengue.