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Que Você Quer Saber de Verdade
     

O Que Você Quer Saber de Verdade

by Marisa Monte
 

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It has been over five years since Marisa Monte's last studio albums, the stunning 2006 double release of Infinito Particular and Universo ao Meu Redor. Each of these ambitious records was a masterpiece in its own right, the former showcasing Monte's finely tuned, cosmopolitan ear

Overview

It has been over five years since Marisa Monte's last studio albums, the stunning 2006 double release of Infinito Particular and Universo ao Meu Redor. Each of these ambitious records was a masterpiece in its own right, the former showcasing Monte's finely tuned, cosmopolitan ear to contemporary music, and the latter her deep-seated love for traditional Brazilian music. In that context -- but only in that context, mind -- their long-awaited successor, Que Você Quer Saber de Verdade, can feel like a slight disappointment. One would have expected Monte to spend all that time dreaming up an even grander artistic project, yet Que Você Quer Saber de Verdade seems to have been conceived as a minor work, a transition piece. Rather than looking to the future or at the past, this pastoral interlude of an album has a classicist, atemporal feel. For the most part, it does not even sound particularly Brazilian, as most compositions are chamber ballads built around a classical piano paired with string and wind instruments, with guitars and percussion conspicuously toned down. In fact, many of these songs first bring to mind those lush, late-'60s Françoise Hardy records, rather than, say, Gal Costa or João Gilberto; so much so that when tracks 11 and 12 (out of 13) turn out to be a forró and a baticum, the sudden change in tempo and rhythms feels almost disorienting, rather than a homecoming. Having duly noted all these objections (born mostly in relation to Monte's previous work and subsequent expectations, rather than on an individual analysis of this record), it should be stated that Que Você Quer Saber de Verdade is an utterly exquisite piece of music. Made by Monte with the help of all of her usual suspects (the extraordinary Arnaldo Antunes and Carlinhos Brown, as well as the less visible but ever present Dadi, who also co-produces), everything about this album exudes an effortless, bucolic charm. Furthermore, the fact that the music is more often stately, instead of intriguing or exotic, focuses the ear more than ever on the luminous wonder that is Monte's voice. Listening to marvels such as "Depois" or "Ainda Bem," one would even be tempted to say that she has never sung better, if it were not impossible for anyone to sing better than Monte in her previous albums. Her voice is the perfect embodiment of the quiet happiness and understanding her gentle lyrics advocate, and can presumably bring inner peace to the most troubled of souls. The true epitome of grace.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/26/2012
Label:
Blue Note Records
UPC:
5099932720822
catalogNumber:
27208

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Marisa Monte   Primary Artist,Harmonica,Percussion,Drums,Steel Guitar,Ukulele,Vocals,Melodica,Hand Clapping,Guitar (Nylon String),Hammond B3
Bernie Worrell   Clavinet,Hammond B3
Marty Ehrlich   Bass Clarinet,Alto Flute
Erik Friedlander   Cello
Joyce Hammann   Violin
Lois Martin   Viola
Gustavo Santaolalla   Sitar,Drones,Guitar (Nylon String),Ronroco
Jesse Harris   Steel Guitar
Dengue   Bass
Vinicius Cantuaria   Percussion
Daniel Jobim   Piano
Lúcio Maia   Guitar
Arnaldo Antunes   Vocals
Cornelius Dufallo   Violin
Andricka Hall   Background Vocals
Renee Ternier   Background Vocals
Money Marc   fender rhodes,Wurlitzer,Hammond B3
Thomas Bartlett   Piano,Keyboards,fender rhodes
Miguel Atwood-Ferguson   Violin,Viola
Pupillo   Drums
Rodrigo Amarante   Bass,Percussion,Keyboards,Guitar (Nylon String)
Pedro Baby   Hand Clapping,Shaker
Cézar Mendes   Guitar (Nylon String)
Waldonys   Percussion,Accordion
Fernando Suárez Paz   Violin
Dadi   Bass,Guitar,Mandolin,Percussion,Steel Guitar,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Ukulele,Hand Clapping,Vibes,fender rhodes,Guitar (Nylon String),Hammond B3
Adrian Morejon   Bassoon
Robby Marshall   Clarinet
Sergio Polizzi   Violin
Raúl Di Renzo   Violin
Maico Lopes   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Domenico Lancellotti   Drums
John James   Background Vocals
Claudio Melone   Viola
Aníbal Kempel   Keyboards
Miguel Angel-Varvelo   Bandoneon
Reco Pupillo   Drums
Diogo   Hand Clapping

Technical Credits

Marisa Monte   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Carlinhos Brown   Composer
Mario Caldato   Engineer
Greg Cohen   String Arrangements,Woodwind Arrangement
Patrick Dillett   Engineer
Antoine Midani   Engineer
Leonardo Netto   Executive Producer
Arnaldo Antunes   Composer
Juan de Dios Filiberto   Composer
Gabino Coria Peñaloza   Composer
Daniel Carvalho   Engineer
Gustavo Lenza   Engineer
Giovanni Bianco   Art Direction
Betão   Composer
Miguel Atwood-Ferguson   Violin Arrangement,Viola Arrangement
Ariel Lavigna   Engineer
Rodrigo Amarante   Composer,Engineer,drum machine
Jorge Ben Jor   Composer
Marcelo Jeneci   Composer
Dadi   Composer,Producer,Engineer
André Carvalho   Composer
Chico Salém   Composer
Benhamin Tierny   Engineer
Aníbal Kempel   Engineer
Suely Aguar   Executive Producer
Gustaco Mozzi   Arranger,Director
Wagner Maugeri Neto   Composer
Cafe de los Maestros   Composer

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