Amazon.com Widgets

Madredeus: Faluas Do Tejo (2005)

By Published: | 5,143 views
Madredeus: Faluas Do Tejo How we rate: our writers tend to review music they like within their preferred genres.

There is a unique pleasure in listening to music in an unfamiliar language. While much meaning is lost, there are nuances in the sounds that would be forsaken if one could translate every word. For those unfamiliar with Portuguese, listening to Faluas Do Tejo provides an acute example of this contradictory experience.

This deceptively simple album from Madredeus aches with an exquisiteness derived from the interplay between Teresa Salgueiro's vocals; Pedro Ayres Magalhaes and Jose Peixoto's blended guitars, which float and weave with a wisdom steeped in tradition; Carlos Maria Trindade's warm, articulate synthesizer; and the refined rhythmic pulse of Fernando Judice's acoustic bass. Encased by the haunting music of her bandmates, Salgueiro transports listeners into a world infused with equal parts beauty and sadness. This melancholic combination is described in the album's liner notes as the distinctive heart of fado: the musical form upon which many of the tunes are based. For those unfamiliar with fado, the notes explain that the key term to understand it is saudade, an untranslatable word capturing a sense of "bittersweet longing.

Those who have encountered the Japanese term "mono no aware" may find similarities between the two concepts, in both their purported cultural specificity and their ineffable combination of beauty, suffering, longing, and meaning. Of course, both terms refer to a sense that must be experienced first-hand, and Faluas Do Tejo offers an excellent opportunity to discover something new and enjoy an experience of fado that is not easily forgotten.

Almost operatic in its emotive, dramatic, and narrative scale, Faluas Do Tejo is a sublime journey into a classic musical form bound to seduce initiates and gratify devotees.

Visit Madredeus on the web.

Track Listing: Lisboa, Rainha Do Mar; Fado Das Duvidas; Adoro Lisboa; Nevoas Da Madrugada; Faluas Do Tejo; No Meu Jardim-Sementes A Terra; O Cais Distante; Na Estrada De Santiago; La De Fora; O Canto Da Saudade.

Personnel: Teresa Salgueiro: vocals; Pedro Ayres Magalhaes: guitar; Jose Peixoto: guitar; Carlos Maria Trindade: synthesizers; Fernando Judice: acoustic bass.

Record Label: Blue Note Records

Style: Beyond Jazz


comments powered by Disqus
Support All About Jazz Through Amazon

Weekly Giveaways

Mort Weiss

Mort Weiss

About | Enter

Rotem Sivan

Rotem Sivan

About | Enter

Michael Carvin

Michael Carvin

About | Enter

Steve Wilson/Lewis Nash

Steve Wilson/Lewis Nash

About | Enter

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW

Enter it twice.
To the weekly jazz events calendar

Enter the numbers in the graphic
Enter the code in this picture

Log in

One moment, you will be redirected shortly.

A musician was found with a matching name

Name:

Birthday:

Instrument:

Is this you?