Portuguese star Mariza has made a name for herself in a remarkably short time, thanks to a mania touched off by British radio and the singer's own magnetism on stage. Fado Curvo, her second album, holds plenty of appeal for novices as well as old fans of Portugal's gutbucket blues. First, the newbies: The young Mozambican-born singer is bound to become a new favorite alongside Edith Piaf for her refined song settings and powerfully dramatic delivery. Those hearing this music for the first time can't help but be taken aback by the rawness of emotion, the sadness and loss thrown up against such delicately heartsick melodies. Fado is a hybrid, port-city form, like Argentina's tango and New Orleans's blues, and the echoes of Mediterranean light, crashing sea foam, and stark rock are intoxicating. Mariza's powerful voice makes this desolation instantly appealing. Those long ago seduced by the fado will find in Mariza some subtle differentiation from her predecessors. Expanding the typical palette of guitar, voice, and guitarra (the chiming Portuguese guitar), Fado Curvo, produced by Madredeus's Carlos Maria Trindade, spotlights piano, strings, and even horns. There's a knowing, jazzlike quality to Mariza's vocals; she locates a mood in between teeth-gnashing regret and abject loss, tossing in bluesy asides and theatrical flair. Unlike fado's queen, Amalia Rodrigues, to whom all singers are compared, she sings of heartbreak and disillusionment from a distance -- a Sarah Vaughn to Amalia's Billie Holiday. And as any fan of singing knows, that's no faint praise.
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Performance CreditsMariza Primary Artist
Mario Pacheco Guitar
Carlos Maria Trindade Piano
Miguel Gonçalves Trumpet,Bass Trumpet,Fliscorno
Davide Zaccaria Cello
Fernando Araújo Bass,Guitar,Viola
António Neto Guitar,Viola
Technical CreditsPedrinho Régo Engineer,Contributor
Carlos Maria Trindade Producer
Jorge Barata Engineer,Contributor,Concept,Sound Design
Albert Nijmolen Executive Producer
João Rôlo Fashion Advisor
Joáo Pedro Ruela Executive Producer
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Fado Curvo based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
It is hard to imagine that Mariza could top her first album, the stunning Fado Em Mim ("Fado in me"), but this new album comes close. Her powerful voice never falters and the musical support is superb. She is currently singing many of these songs in her North American tour, so they are very fresh. I just saw her perform in Montreal on 5/2/03, where I picked up this album. Her show is perhaps the most emotional, riveting performance from a singer I have ever seen. If you can't see her, at least get this album (and her first) to hear the one of the most powerful voices in Fado (or any genre). You won't be disappointed!