Bebel Gilberto

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The electronic bossa nova that made Bebel Gilberto's debut, Tanto Tempo, an across-the-boards hit was never the singer's bag. She's far too intimate with the subtleties of Brazilian song -- being the daughter of legendary guitarist/vocalist João Gilberto and the singer Miucha -- to welcome the digitalized deconstruction of her parents' art form. Four years later, the title of her second album hints that the music within is what Bebel Gilberto is really all about. Not that fans will find it hard to follow Bebel away from the bleeps and burps into a more traditional Brazil-pop sound stocked with strings, sinuous guitars, and, more often than not, a whisper of percussion....
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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
The electronic bossa nova that made Bebel Gilberto's debut, Tanto Tempo, an across-the-boards hit was never the singer's bag. She's far too intimate with the subtleties of Brazilian song -- being the daughter of legendary guitarist/vocalist João Gilberto and the singer Miucha -- to welcome the digitalized deconstruction of her parents' art form. Four years later, the title of her second album hints that the music within is what Bebel Gilberto is really all about. Not that fans will find it hard to follow Bebel away from the bleeps and burps into a more traditional Brazil-pop sound stocked with strings, sinuous guitars, and, more often than not, a whisper of percussion. "Baby," by Caetano Veloso and Os Mutantes, starts the set off blissfully and prepares listeners for the breathy mix of English- and Portuguese-language songs to come. Bebel Gilberto also marks the most intensive songwriting the singer has done to date, with nine of the songs cowritten by her. Collaborators on the others include Carlinhos Brown, the Bahian polymath who has put his mark on Brazilian sirens from Daniela Mercury to Marisa Monte. "Aganjú" is insistent, nearly low-key house music, and his song written with Gilberto, "Jabuticaba," layers vocals and keyboards in a delicate sonic wave. Marius de Vries, who has produced Björk and Annie Lennox, affords Bebel's voice the same respect those divas would demand, and it often feels like the entire album could blow away on one of her breathy exhalations. That's not a bad feeling at all.
All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Although Bebel Gilberto has been writing, performing, and recording since her childhood, this is only her second full-length solo album. The child of Brazilian legend João Gilberto and the celebrated singer Miucha, she comes by her musical talent honestly, but has honed and developed it carefully over the years, being careful not to overexpose herself or peak too early; as a result, she now emerges as a mature and fully developed singer despite her relative youth. Her eponymous sophomore effort is a delightfully warm and unaffected program of Brazilian pop, much but not all of it in a fairly traditional bossa nova style. There are electronic elements in the mix, but they are mostly kept in the background; instead of aggressive electronica or superimposed breakbeats, the instrumental accompaniment is mostly woven from organic percussion, acoustic guitars, bass, and piano. This all serves to keep one's attention where it belongs: on Gilberto's sweet, rich voice and her gorgeous melodies. Highlights include the lovely "Aganjú," the gently heartbroken "Every Day You've Been Away," and the lilting, almost funky "Cada Beiju." Very highly recommended.
Rolling Stone - Sarah Pratt
Bebel affirms that this Gilberto is more than just a bossa Lisa Marie Presley.

Bebel affirms that this Gilberto is more than just a bossa Lisa Marie Presley.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/13/2008
  • Label: Atlantic Uk
  • EAN: 5050467326620
  • Catalog Number: 673266

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Baby (3:50)
  2. 2 Simplesmente (4:49)
  3. 3 Aganjú (4:44)
  4. 4 All Around (4:44)
  5. 5 River Song (4:57)
  6. 6 Every Day You've Been Away (4:05)
  7. 7 Cada Beijo (4:26)
  8. 8 O Caminho (2:59)
  9. 9 Winter (4:19)
  10. 10 Ceu Distante (2:58)
  11. 11 Jabuticaba (3:02)
  12. 12 Next to You (5:27)
  13. 13 [CD-ROM Track] (5:26)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bebel Gilberto Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals
Carlinhos Brown Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Bongos, Keyboards, Tabla, Background Vocals, Berimbau, Vibes, Tambur, Tamborim, Indian Banjo, Guitar (Electroacoustic), Guitar (Nylon String), Vocal Harmony
Marius de Vries Piano, Keyboards, Agogo
João Donato Piano
Tito Duarte Background Vocals, Cajon, Upright Bass
The London Session Orchestra Strings
Guy Sigsworth Drums, Keyboards
Marcos Suzano Percussion, Cymbals, Hand Clapping, Caxixi, Pandeiro, Hand Clapping, Shaker, Wood Block, talking drum, Tambur, Clay Pot, Cymbalom, Cabasa, Afoxe, Haka, Moringa
Pascal Gabriel Multi Instruments
Didi Gutman Piano, Keyboards, Vibes, Synthesizer Bass
Jorge Helder Electric Bass, Acoustic Bass
Marcelo Costa Percussion, Pandeiro, Surdo, Wood Block, Cabasa, Afoxe
Mauro Refosco Percussion, Bongos, Conga, Surdo, Cuica, Shaker, Tambur, Timba, Tamborim, Spaghetti Flute
Chris Elliott Conductor
MASA Background Vocals
Paulo Levi Flute
Miucha Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Masa Shimizu Acoustic Guitar
Grégoire Maret Harmonica
Dirceu Leite Clarinet, Flute
Boghan Costa Conga, Cymbals, Background Vocals, talking drum
Zé Luis Oliveira Flute
Pedro Baby Acoustic Guitar
Cézar Mendes Acoustic Guitar
Technical Credits
Caetano Veloso Composer
Gary Thomas Engineer
Carlinhos Brown Composer, Sound Effects, Producer, Costume Design
Marius de Vries Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Vocal Arrangements, String Arrangements
Bebel Gilberto Arranger, Composer, Producer, Vocal Arrangements, String Arrangements
Isobel Griffiths String Contractor
Antoine Midani Engineer
Guy Sigsworth Composer, Programming, Producer
Marcos Suzano Drum Effects
Gavyn Wright String Conductor
Pascal Gabriel Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Instrumentation
Didi Gutman Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer
Daniel Jobim Composer
Marcelo Costa Drum Effects
Kevin Metcalfe Mastering
Chris Elliott Arranger, String Arrangements
Alexis Smith Programming
Os Mutantes Composer
Ale Siqueira Producer, Engineer
Miucha Vocal Effect
Hallam Udell Artwork
Flavio DeSouza Engineer
Héctor Castillo Engineer
Léo Bit Bit Contributor
Sean McGhee Programming, Engineer
Pedro Baby Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sweet Bebel

    Sensuous, sweet and warm. What wonderful album

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Belbel Gilberto

    There is something magical about the lazy rhythms of contemporary Bossa Nova, a sound that will cascade over you like a cool breeze on a warm summer day. There are dozens of excellent compilations on this renowned Brazilian style of music that are sure to find a home in the most exquisite lounges, clothing stores and Rio cafe's. I would like to introduce one of the most profound artists of this genre, Bebel Gilberto. Her most recent self titled CD is a phenomenal work rooted in the rich culture of her homeland in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Produced by Marius de Vries (Madonna, Bjork, Annie Lennox), Gilberto presents a distinctive sound and voice this is totally her own, for which she says "I decided to call the album Bebel Gilberto because I think its important to make a statement with my name." Tracks such as "Simplesmente", "Aganju" and "River Song" provide a perfect framework for her voice. Based on acoustic instrumentation and subtle electronics the overall sound of this recording gives a simultaneous impression of sophistication and simplicity. You can also find a remixed version of the Cd called Bebel Gilberto - Remixed. Remixed invites Thievery Corporation, Grant Nelson and DJ Spinna among others to add their personal touch to Bebel's brand of Bossa Nova. If your looking to add some pizazz to your next dinner party, your friends are sure to be in awe with the music of Bebel Gilberto. -Chris Stevens

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Shut up and Buy it!

    I listened to the latest Bebel in a Borders Music cafe. Extremely nice music. It's better than the first, in my opinion. But, I come from a hip hop background, so I'm more driven by the beat rather than voice. Really Tight!

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