CéU [Enhanced]

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All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
CéU's debut album -- originally released by Urban Jungle Records in Brazil in 2005 and reissued two years later in the U.S. by Six Degrees in conjunction with Starbucks -- is a lush blend of African-rooted North and South American music styles MPB, samba, soul, jazz, Afrobeat, reggae with cutting-edge contemporary production techniques. The radiant São Paulo vocalist is no doubt the star of this show, as she writes her own songs as well as sings them. The formative span of time she spent in New York City, where she found a rich array of influences, from classic jazz Billie Holiday and contemporary soul Lauryn Hill to hip-hop and electronica, greatly inform her music ...
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All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
CéU's debut album -- originally released by Urban Jungle Records in Brazil in 2005 and reissued two years later in the U.S. by Six Degrees in conjunction with Starbucks -- is a lush blend of African-rooted North and South American music styles MPB, samba, soul, jazz, Afrobeat, reggae with cutting-edge contemporary production techniques. The radiant São Paulo vocalist is no doubt the star of this show, as she writes her own songs as well as sings them. The formative span of time she spent in New York City, where she found a rich array of influences, from classic jazz Billie Holiday and contemporary soul Lauryn Hill to hip-hop and electronica, greatly inform her music here. From song to song, CéU sings in a number of respective fashions, often channeling her influences. Her reverent cover of "Concrete Jungle" is the most overt instance of this, as she channels the spirit of Bob Marley for three-and-a-half minutes and does so quite convincingly. So while CéU may be the star of the show here, with her clear talent and varied wardrobe of influences, producer Beto Villares is the X-factor. He produces all but one of the 15 songs "Ave Cruz" is the fine work of Antoñio Pinto, and he brings the songs to life in such a way that their blend of traditional music styles is melded tastefully, if not downright perfectly, with present-day advances in technology. He ensures that every song here has a prominent rhythm, even if it's a gentle soul groove or a jazzy lilt, even if that means he has to play the bassline himself and in some cases he does, according to the revealing track-by-track credits. Practically every song features real percussion and bass playing i.e., no programming, except on "Roda" and "Ave Cruz" -- each outstanding, as well as frequent acoustic guitar, all of which gives the album an organic earthiness that most so-called worldbeat albums lack, not to mention the productions of globally appropriating downtempo electronica acts like Thievery Corporation. Yet at the same time, Villares makes frequent use of studio effects, multi-tracking especially, and moves the percussion and bass to the forefront of the mix, and he also incorporates the turntablism of DJ Marco on most tracks. So even if the music of CéU is earthy and, for the most part, actually hand-played rather than programmed, it's just as contemporary in technique and style as that of Thievery Corporation, to again reference one of the most impressive concurrent downtempo electronica acts. CéU consequently fits in well with fellow cutting-edge female Brazilian artists such as Cibelle, Bebel Gilberto, and Marisa Monte who straddle classic as well as contemporary styles of music, and while each of these women is thankfully unique in her own wonderful way, they as a group represent what seems to be a growing, forward-looking Brazilian music movement whose appeal is increasingly global in its reach. This CD was nominated for a Grammy award in 2007 for Best Contemporary World Music Album. [The 'Enhanced' version contains a CD-R track.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/3/2007
  • Label: Six Degrees
  • UPC: 657036112926
  • Catalog Number: 361129
  • Sales rank: 54,442

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Vinheta Quebrante (0:53)
  2. 2 Lenda (4:19)
  3. 3 Malemolência (2:54)
  4. 4 Roda (5:18)
  5. 5 Rainha (3:39)
  6. 6 10 Contados (3:27)
  7. 7 Vinheta Dorival (0:31)
  8. 8 Mais Um Lamento (4:48)
  9. 9 Concrete Jungle (3:32)
  10. 10 Véu Da Noite (6:17)
  11. 11 Valsa Pra Biu Roque (2:49)
  12. 12 Ave Cruz (3:27)
  13. 13 O Ronco Da Cuíca (3:23)
  14. 14 Bobagem (2:19)
  15. 15 Samba Na Sola (5:39)
  16. 16 [CD-Rom Track]
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
CéU Primary Artist
Mauricio Alves Conga, Atabaque, Claves, Surdo, Agogo, Xequere
Zeca Assuncao Acoustic Bass
Lúcio Maia Guitar
Nahor Gomes Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Rodrigo Campos Cavaquinho
Kuki Stolarski Drums
Beto Villares Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Keyboards
Pepe Cisneros Percussion, Piano, Electric Bass, Conga, Cymbals, Keyboards, Maracas, Snare Drums
Ed Côrtes Tenor Saxophone
Renata Rosa Background Vocals
Antonio Pinto Guitar, Percussion, Keyboards, Guitar (7 String Acoustic)
Lucas Martins Bass, Guitar
Technical Credits
Bob Marley Composer
Aldir Blanc Composer
Carlinhos Freitas Mastering
CéU Composer
Kuki Stolarski Contributor
Beto Villares Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Horn Arrangements
Antonio Pinto Programming, Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WOW, AMAZING

    I loved every note of this albumn. I dont remember the last time an album made me feel this good..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Smooth, silky, sultry, sexy

    Ceu is one of those singers who is difficult to clasify...one minute she's doing Brazilian pop, the next it's Bossa Nova. Even without understanding Portuguese, this CD is a joy to listen to. I had to get used to some of the strange instrumentation on some of the songs, but once I did, this became one of the albums I keep in my car's CD changer.

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    Posted October 28, 2008

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