The New Bossa Nova

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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
Known for her interpretations of poetry and a classical vocal technique, Brazilian singer Luciana Souza makes her most overt bid for mainstream recognition with this collection of jazzy takes on the works of latter day pop stars. Starting with a supple rendition of Joni Mitchell's "Down to You" and continuing through songs by Sting, Steely Dan, Randy Newman, and James Taylor, among others, Souza never opts for the easy base-hit. Duetting with Taylor himself on "Never Die Young," she recasts the melody into something ineffably Brazilian (Souza sings in unaccented English) and unrecognizable. Even on the most popular bossa in the world (next to "The Girl from Ipanema"), ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
Known for her interpretations of poetry and a classical vocal technique, Brazilian singer Luciana Souza makes her most overt bid for mainstream recognition with this collection of jazzy takes on the works of latter day pop stars. Starting with a supple rendition of Joni Mitchell's "Down to You" and continuing through songs by Sting, Steely Dan, Randy Newman, and James Taylor, among others, Souza never opts for the easy base-hit. Duetting with Taylor himself on "Never Die Young," she recasts the melody into something ineffably Brazilian (Souza sings in unaccented English) and unrecognizable. Even on the most popular bossa in the world (next to "The Girl from Ipanema"), "Waters of March," Souza uncovers something new in her phrasing, even if it's just the wonder of the lyrics in English ("a truckload of bricks / In the morning sun"). Backed by a simpatico band anchored by guitarist Romero Lubambo and featuring vibist Matt Moran, Souza's most commercial outing may be calculating, but so is everything she does. A singer this intelligent is a rare find indeed.
All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
For her sixth recording and first on a major label Verve, Luciana Souza's concept of "new bossa nova" is melding Brazilian rhythms onto adult contemporary folk-pop MOR songs. She sings lyrics exclusively in English. The stamp of Joni Mitchell, aided and abetted by producer Larry Klein, makes this image unmistakable immediately from the first tune, Joni's "Down to You." Souza sounds exactly like Mitchell in her melancholic phrasing during "Were You Blind That Day" and "You and the Girl." She is more herself on the closer, the straight Brazilian classic by Jobim "Waters of March," the Sting-penned minimalistic romantic pleader "When We Dance," and the lone non-Latin silken-tinged "Satellite." High-level musicianship from the pristine, crystalline tones of pianist Edward Simon, restrained guitarist Romero Lubambo, and occasional saxophonist Chris Potter raises the quality a hundredfold. The tunes range from slow to midtempo; overall, this is a sultry program of romantic ballads and softly toned introspective tracks. Source material comes from the aforementioned authors and lesser-known compositions from Leonard Cohen, Steely Dan's Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, Becker with Klein, Randy Newman, Michael McDonald, and Brian Wilson. Perhaps the selection that will draw most attention is James Taylor's "Never Die Young," with Souza and Taylor singing separate lines and in unison during the latter part of the piece. After having tackled poems of Elizabeth Bishop and Pablo Neruda, along with the Brazilian music of her homeland, this recording marks a change for Souza. It is similar to Herbie Hancock's Gershwin's World in a belief that established music needs to be either modified or updated. Souza's voice is nearly perfect, thoughtful, sweet, and beautiful, and that alone should win her new fans. Whether previous devotees can be sold by this new direction is something only time will tell.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/21/2007
  • Label: Verve
  • UPC: 600753008737
  • Catalog Number: 000945602
  • Sales rank: 94,493

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Down to You (5:03)
  2. 2 Never Die Young (4:36)
  3. 3 Here It Is (5:36)
  4. 4 When We Dance (5:17)
  5. 5 Satellite (4:39)
  6. 6 Were You Blind That Day (5:00)
  7. 7 Love Is for Strangers (5:27)
  8. 8 You and the Girl (4:35)
  9. 9 Living Without You (3:19)
  10. 10 I Can Let Go Now (4:02)
  11. 11 God Only Knows (3:52)
  12. 12 Waters of March (4:40)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Luciana Souza Primary Artist, Vocals
Romero Lubambo Guitar, Cavaquinho
Antonio Sanchez Percussion, Drums
Edward Simon Piano, Pump Organ
Matt Moran Vibes
James D. Taylor Vocals
Technical Credits
Leonard Cohen Composer
Donald Fagen Composer
Joni Mitchell Composer
Randy Newman Composer
Brian Wilson Composer
Walter Becker Composer
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Antonio Carlos Jobim Composer
Larry Klein Composer, Producer
Daniel Richard Executive Producer
Elliott Smith Composer
Helix Hadar Engineer
Luciana Souza Composer
Sharon Robinson Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

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    not the newest but just as good

    I love all her recordings, regardless of language. Some of the tracks on this one are less exciting than others, but the last one stays in my head for hours.

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