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.