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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
Transparente is Mariza's "big" album, it seems, the one designed to make her more than just the shining star of the new fado. The music connects the dots between Portugal and Brazil, giving an international quality to it all. Her voice is as crystal clear as ever, and production by Jacques Morelenbaum is wonderfully transparent. Yet there's a sheen to it all that seems intended to rub off any rough edges. You can hear it in the soft strings that cushion "Meu Fado Meu." It just seems to be trying too hard, rather than letting the music unfold. It's apparent, too, in the fact that the songs are all short -- the longest barely passes three-and-a-half minutes. Not that it's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
Transparente is Mariza's "big" album, it seems, the one designed to make her more than just the shining star of the new fado. The music connects the dots between Portugal and Brazil, giving an international quality to it all. Her voice is as crystal clear as ever, and production by Jacques Morelenbaum is wonderfully transparent. Yet there's a sheen to it all that seems intended to rub off any rough edges. You can hear it in the soft strings that cushion "Meu Fado Meu." It just seems to be trying too hard, rather than letting the music unfold. It's apparent, too, in the fact that the songs are all short -- the longest barely passes three-and-a-half minutes. Not that it's not a gorgeous album; it enfolds the ears like silk; Mariza herself has never sounded more seductive, and the cello on "Quando Me Sinto So" is as warm and inviting as a lover's kiss. But unlike her previous work, there seems an air of calculation about all this, the sense of deliberately seeking out a larger audience rather than allowing the music to speak for itself. She'll never sing a bad note, and there's absolutely nothing to fault with this album. The arrangements are understatedly lush, the playing impeccable, everything as close to perfect as it's possible to be. But at heart, it just doesn't feel real.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/9/2005
  • Label: Times Square Records
  • UPC: 738572904722
  • Catalog Number: 9047
  • Sales rank: 71,440

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Há Uma Música Do Povo (3:11)
  2. 2 Meu Fado Meu (3:26)
  3. 3 Recusa (2:17)
  4. 4 Quando Me Sinto Só (2:57)
  5. 5 Montras (3:34)
  6. 6 Há Palavras Que Nos Beijam (2:53)
  7. 7 Transparente (2:30)
  8. 8 Fado Português de Nós (2:24)
  9. 9 Malmequer (3:10)
  10. 10 Medo (3:11)
  11. 11 Toada Do Desengano (3:35)
  12. 12 Fado Tordo (2:12)
  13. 13 Duas Lágrimas de Orvalho - Arte' (2:36)
  14. 14 Desejos Vãos (3:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mariza Primary Artist
Alceu Maia Cavaquinho
Marcio Mallard Cello
Carlos Malta Flute
Jaques Morelenbaum Cello, Conductor
Mario Pacheco Guitar
Paulo Sérgio Santos Clarinet
Rick Amado Violin
João Lyra Classical Guitar
Jorge Helder Double Bass
Jesuina Noronha Passaroto Classical Guitar
Michel Bessler Violin
Paschoal Perrota Violin
Bernardo Bessler Violin
Marcelo Costa Percussion
Walter Hack Violin
Jose Alves Violin
Joao Daltro Violin
Luis Galvão Classical Guitar
Antonella Pareschi Violin
Denner Campolina Double Bass
Rogério Rosa Violin
Ricardo Taboada Classical Guitar
Ismael Oliveira Jr. French Horn
António Neto Classical Guitar
Agostinho Silva Accordion
Daniel Guedes Violin
Technical Credits
Jaques Morelenbaum Arranger, Producer, Audio Production
Paulo Junqueiro Executive Producer
Marcelo Sabóia Engineer, Sound Design
Artur Ribeiro Composer
Fernando Tordo Composer
Florbela Espanca Composer
Reinaldo Ferreira Composer
Rui Veloso Composer
Traditional Composer
Paulo Carvalho Composer
Albert Nijmolen Executive Producer
Fernando Pessoa Composer
Maria João Ribeiro Artwork
Tiago Machado Composer
Joáo Pedro Ruela Executive Producer
Pedro Campos Composer
Aldina Duarte Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What a find

    I just think this album is gorgeous. She conveys such emotion in her singing and you are simply drawn to each word and melody as if in a trance.

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