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5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting, 1 Mar 2013
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This review is from: Spirit of Lisbon: the Very Best of Madredeus (Audio CD)
his double CD set reflects the two key periods in the band's output: the early acoustic folk-rooted Madredeus of CD1, and the later electronic-based and rather more pop-oriented music on the second disc.

Madredeus achieved fame outside of Portugal on the back of Wim Wender's film Lisbon Story of 1994. Their achingly melancholic songs, often speaking of a deep longing for something (or someone) lost, struck a chord and gave them international recognition.

In recent years some of the founding members left and their style changed to arguably a more contemporary and commercial one. Perhaps something really was lost, and I have to say that it's the early Madredeus which moves me most.

This double album gives a flavour of the band's unique sound. The roots of their music go back to the medieval cantigas, and the dark colours of Teresa Salgueiro's voice somehow reflect a timelessness which is matched by the evocative, often minor-key smokiness of the instruments.

If you don't know Madredeus then I'd recommend this as an introduction; once heard never forgotten.
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5.0 out of 5 stars peaceful, 30 Nov 2014
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This review is from: Spirit of Lisbon: the Very Best of Madredeus (Audio CD)
Beautiful. Peaceful
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4.0 out of 5 stars World class music, 8 Feb 2013
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A good collection by Madredeus. Nice, smooth songs, a bit sweety for a taste, like mine, carved by jazz music.
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