B i o g r a p h y
(by Official Site)
and raised in the Nilopolis district of Rio (home of the famed Beija Flor
samba school), Rosalia de Souza has lived in Italy as a singer since 1989,
building her CV with a series of single recordings with groups like Les
Hommes and Quintetto X before meeting with label mate Conte in 1994.
Eventually their collaborations expanded to include a brace of
Bossa-tinged tracks for the "Break and Bossa" compilation series. These
prototype sessions helped to lay the framework for Garota Moderna as her
Conte and de Souza's talents mesh very well and the proof is for all to
hear. Amazingly, each of the CD's 13 songs is a keeper - unusual for most
any solo recording these days and unheard of for a debut CD. As producer,
Conte has a wonderful grasp on the true essence of Bossa Nova- a worldly
innocence that is charming and pervasive; one which tempers our day-to-day
realities as a safe haven for an uncomplicated moment.
And his largely acoustic arrangements provide Rosalia de Souza with the
perfect musical setting. Her voice easily matches this vision. Lively and
at times feather-light, she carries a range of emotion that echoes Astrud
Gilberto's finest moments. But de Souza does more with it- bringing a
sense of passion and sophistication to each song by acknowledging the
subtle grace of Bossa's legacy. The result is at once contemporary,
complimentary and wistfully retro.
In fact, Garota Moderna does such a great job with this rediscovery that
its easy to forget that less than half the of these songs come Conte and
de Souza's collaboration. Consider the covers: Baden Powell and Vinicius
De Moraes' `Canto De Ossanha' (one of the original Afro-Sambas, reworked
for the dance floor) becomes a showcase for de Souza's vocal strength and
Clever choices abound: Lesser-known Bossa gems like `Adriana' and
`Ipanema' from Roberto Menescal and Carlos Lyra's and Vinicius De Moraes'
`Maria Moita' are a breath of fresh air when delivered with Rosalia's
delicate style and Caetano Veloso's `Saudosismo' is elegantly engaged to
the point where it outshines the original.
Six new songs continue the homage. `Bossa 31' and `Zona Sul' are
instrumentals with Rosalia's soft scatting riding above the rhythmic
drive. 'Mais' is a delicate down-tempo ballad while `Tempo Futuro' and `As
Gotas' are both upbeat and catchy grooves in keeping with the spirit of
Garota Moderna succeeds in part due to its forthright approach: Conte and
de Souza have done their homework and it shows; from the song selection to
the arrangements and Rosalia's near-perfect performances. This has allowed
them to avoid the formulaic doldrums that too often infect pop music.
Because of their obvious creative ease, we get the feeling that "Garota
Moderna" is completely comfortable in its own skin.
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