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Leva-me aos fados by Ana Moura
Released: Apr 2010
Label: World Village
Ana Moura has sung with Mick Jagger and been scoped out by Prince, but leave the celebrity sightings aside: Moura's the genuine article. On this album, more than any previously, she's found a way to make fado contemporary and engaging. In the album format, fado can feel slow and emotionally monotone -- what was romantic becomes downright depressing after 10 songs. But she combats that with a selection of lively, short (two-minute!) songs that even hide hooks in their velvet folds. Check out her excellent duet with experimental folksters Los Gaiteros de Lisboa, "Nao e um Fado Normal."
Sarah Bardeen
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