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Brazil- and London-based multi-instrumentist Cibelle continues to surprise on Las Venus Resort Palace Hotel. Her refusal to be pigeonholed in the sultry Brazilian vocalist role was already evident in the transition between her first two albums. However, since she probably has to confront the realization that it is apparently impossible for a Third World tropical female singer to defeat stereotypes every day, for her third album, Cibelle decided to welcome all of them in a mocking yet tender embrace. Thus, she reinvents herself in this loose concept album as Sonja Khalecallon, exotica chanteuse extraordinaire. Backed by her band los Stroboscopious Luminous, she is the ...
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All Music Guide - Mariano Prunes
Brazil- and London-based multi-instrumentist Cibelle continues to surprise on Las Venus Resort Palace Hotel. Her refusal to be pigeonholed in the sultry Brazilian vocalist role was already evident in the transition between her first two albums. However, since she probably has to confront the realization that it is apparently impossible for a Third World tropical female singer to defeat stereotypes every day, for her third album, Cibelle decided to welcome all of them in a mocking yet tender embrace. Thus, she reinvents herself in this loose concept album as Sonja Khalecallon, exotica chanteuse extraordinaire. Backed by her band los Stroboscopious Luminous, she is the star of the last cabaret on apocalypse-ravaged Earth, the Las Venus Resort Palace Hotel. Cibelle positively rejoices in her role as a Carmen Miranda from outer space, which allows her to let her creativity roam free among her revamped exotica universe which seamlessly accommodates electronica, psychedelia, waltz, '60s science fiction film soundtracks, processed vocals, animal noises, trip-hop, Caribbean rhythms, or campy show tunes. There are only two songs in Portuguese this time, further proof that Cibelle is bent on escaping the Brazilian world music ghetto. She includes wonderful pop originals such as "Frankenstein," and a few covers perfectly assimilated into the concept of the album, such as the to-die-for loveliness of the calypso "Underneath the Mango Tree," and an unpredictably touching rendition of Kermit the Frog's "It's Not Easy Being Green," which has to be heard to be believed. The key to the album's success, however, is that it never becomes a purely cerebral experiment in postmodern irony, thanks largely to the genuine warmth that exudes from Cibelle's beautiful voice, whose innocence often belies the dark overtones of some of the lyrics. With Las Venus Resort Palace Hotel, Cibelle is graduating as one of the most ambitious and intelligent students of the Tropicália movement, bringing its lessons -- as opposed to merely its form, as many Mutantes international fans have done in recent years -- triumphantly into the 21st century. Luminaries such as Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Rita Lee, or Jorge Ben Jor would be proud.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/15/2010
  • Label: Crammed Disc Us
  • UPC: 876623005957
  • Catalog Number: 142

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Disc 1
  1. 1 Welcome (1:20)
  2. 2 Underneath the Mango Tree (2:27)
  3. 3 Man From Mars (3:38)
  4. 4 Melting the Ice (2:43)
  5. 5 Lightworks (3:44)
  6. 6 Sad Piano (5:29)
  7. 7 Frankenstein (3:50)
  8. 8 Escute Bem (4:36)
  9. 9 Mr and Mrs Grey (5:26)
  10. 10 The Gun and the Knife (4:32)
  11. 11 Sapato Azul (4:49)
  12. 12 Braid My Hair (4:43)
  13. 13 It's Not Easy Being Green (2:39)
  14. 14 Bye Bye/Cervejinha (2:44)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Cibelle Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Percussion, Conga, Hammond Organ, Recorder, Vocals, Background Vocals, Melodica, Bird Calls, Mouth Trumpet
Damian Taylor Synthesizer
Mocky Bass, Piano, Strings, Drums, Tambourine, farfisa organ
Fernando Catatau Guitar, Slide Guitar, Soloist
Pupilo Drums
Sam Genders Vocals
Marla Hansen Viola
Gabriel Stebbing Bass
Maryclare Brztwa Flute
Matt Robertson Synthesizer, Mandolin, Piano
Kristian Craig Robinson Bass, Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Charango, Pan Pipes
Jacob Smedegaard Drums
Mike Reed Synthesizer, Mandolin, Piano
Simon Ribchester Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Roy Cicala Engineer
Monty Norman Composer
Joe Raposo Composer
Raymond Scott Composer
Damian Taylor Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Beat Programming
Mandy Parnell Mastering
Cibelle Composer, Producer, Engineer, beats
Mocky Engineer, Flute Arrangement
Sam Genders Composer
Dominic "Mocky" Salole Composer
Josh Weller Composer
Kristian Craig Robinson Composer
Cibelle Bastos Art Direction
Gustavo Miranda Assistant Executive Producer
Paulo Felisbino Executive Producer
Simon Ribchester Arranger, Composer
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