Universo ao Meu Redor

Universo ao Meu Redor

by Marisa Monte
     
 

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When Marisa Monte decides to record a collection of sambas, you can be sure that it won't sound anything like you'd expect. The Brazilian star, who took a hiatus after her Tribalistas album with Carlinhos Brown and Arnaldo Antunes, spent a few years researching forgotten songs, tapping her resources as producer of Velha Guarda de Portela,…  See more details below

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When Marisa Monte decides to record a collection of sambas, you can be sure that it won't sound anything like you'd expect. The Brazilian star, who took a hiatus after her Tribalistas album with Carlinhos Brown and Arnaldo Antunes, spent a few years researching forgotten songs, tapping her resources as producer of Velha Guarda de Portela, a storied samba school that included her father at one point. With her old pals Brown, Antunes, and others, she wrote a few sambas of her own. Then she tapped Mario Caldato, the producer known for his work with the Beastie Boys and Beck, to give the material a decidedly modern feel. While the percolations of samba are never far from the songs, it's a joyful mashup that Monte and Caldato make, as beatboxing and Theremin meet cavaquinho and Brazilian percussion (that's just "Statue of Liberty," her duet with David Byrne). Lyrically, the music is riotously Brazilian, liltingly limning the emotive power of science on "A alma e a matéria" alongside pastoral odes to love lost or unrequited. While Monte's gorgeous voice and warm production style have never recorded a note that's hard to take, Universo is her most accessible and focused album in quite a while. Even when she drifts into lounge territory, as on the retro-flavored "Lagrimas e tormentos," it's easy to hear the difference between any old soft Brazilian singer and an artist -- Saravá!

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Philip Jandovský
After four years of silence, Marisa Monte reappeared with two simultaneously released albums, Universo ao Meu Redor and Infinito Particular. On Universo ao Meu Redor, Monte thoroughly explores, and in her own way interprets, the sound of Brazil's most famous music style, samba. This was a much anticipated project, as Monte's few earlier samba recordings turned out splendid. And Universo ao Meu Redor doesn't in any way leave the listener disappointed. Timeless and modern at the same time, it is a mature album of gentle sambas, replete with rare elegance and beauty. The bulk of the CD was composed by the now firmly established and highly acclaimed songwriting trio of Arnaldo Antunes, Carlinhos Brown, and Monte herself. Sprinkled in between though are a couple of older, tastefully reinterpreted samba classics by other composers and there are also two newly written (and inspired) songs by Paulinho da Viola and Adriana Calcanhotto. The soundscape, melodies, and lyrics are all very traditional, but the music has the same soothingly dreamy atmosphere that characterized Tribalistas. Thanks to the excellent production, there is also an ever so slight spark of psychedelia to the album, which helps in creating the general escapist mood. Monte's vocal performance is flawless as ever, with her voice floating effortlessly and in perfect harmony with the rest of the music. Songs such as "Bonde do Dom," "Três Letrinhas," "Vai Saber?," "A Alma e a Matéria," and "Universo ao Meu Redor," all enchantingly beautiful, are as close as you get to perfection in form of samba. A somewhat amusing detail is David Byrne's cameo appearance as vocalist on "Statue of Liberty." Universo ao Meu Redor is Monte's most mature, even, and ultimately impressive album to date.
Billboard - Philip Van Vleck
One of the most captivating voices in Brazilian music.... Monte's vocal performance is unfailingly charming.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/18/2006
Label:
Emi Europe Generic
UPC:
0094635910728
catalogNumber:
359107

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Marisa Monte   Primary Artist,Cymbals,Electric Guitar,Ukulele,Kalimba,Bells,Metaphone,Shaker
David Byrne   Vocals,Voices
Paulinho da Viola   Acoustic Guitar,Cavaquinho
Nicolas Krassik   Violin
Andres Levin   Acoustic Guitar
Carlos Malta   Flute
Armando Marçal   Caixa,Surdo,Shaker
Jota Moraes   Vibes
Jaques Morelenbaum   Cello
Daniel Jobim   Piano,fender rhodes
Eduardo Morelenbaum   Bass Clarinet,Clarone
Marcelo Costa   Percussion,Cymbals,Bottle,Surdo,Ganza,Shaker,Tamborim,Cabasa,Moringa,Prato
Guilherme Calicchio   Human Whistle,Chords
Mauro Diniz   Cavaquinho
Mario C.   Slide Guitar
Cristina Braga   Harp
Marisa   Ukulele,Kalimba
Casquinha   Reco-reco
Pamelia Kurstin   Theremin
Juliano Barbosa   Bassoon,Fagote Antigo
Eliezer Rodrigues   Tuba
Pedro Baby   Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Electric Guitar,Sitar,Cavaquinho,Reco-reco,Cabasa
Cézar Mendes   Acoustic Guitar,Cymbals,Viola
Pedro Bernardes   Piano
Wladmir Gasper   Clavinet,farfisa organ,Beat Box,fender rhodes,Mini Moog,Animal Sounds
Ivan Hasrarden   Piano
Lúcia Morelembaum   Clarinet
Casemiro Vieira   Cuica
Jair do Cavaquinho   Tap Dance
Pedro Bernardes   Piano
Dadi   Piano,Marimbas,Cavaquinho,farfisa organ,fender rhodes,Hammond B3

Technical Credits

David Byrne   Composer
Marisa Monte   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Text
Arto Lindsay   translation
Paulinho da Viola   Composer
Carlinhos Brown   Composer
Mario Caldato   Producer,Engineer,Contributor
Andres Levin   Engineer,Contributor
Leonardo Netto   Producer,Executive Producer
Moraes Moreira   Composer
Adriana Calcanhotto   Composer
Guilherme Calicchio   Engineer,Numerical Editing,Recording Assistant
Jayme Silva   Composer
Arnaldo Antunes   Composer
Gringo Cardia   Graphic Design
Dona Ivone Lara   Composer
Monte Criacao   Management
Fernandinho BeatBox   Composer
Marcio Barros   Recording Assistant
Cézar Mendes   Composer,Contributor
Flavia Castro   Graphic Design,Assistant Graphic Design
Pedro Pezinho   Graphic Design,Assistant Graphic Design
Carolina Vaz   Graphic Design,Assistant Graphic Design
Rico Vilarouca   Graphic Design
Cínta Carvalho   Producer
Beatriz Milhazes   Concept,Collage,Cover Art
Rico Viarouca   Assistant Graphic Design
Casemiro Vieira   Composer
Argemiro Patrocínio   Composer
Jair do Cavaquinho   Costume Design
D. Yvonne Lara   Composer
Teresa Batista   Composer

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