Amazon.com Widgets

Madredeus: Faluas Do Tejo (2005)

By Published: | 3,348 views
Madredeus: Faluas Do Tejo How we rate: our writers tend to review music they like within their preferred genres.

Madredeus is a Lisbon-based quintet which plays modern variations on traditional Portuguese music. Vocalist Teresa Salgueiro is inevitably the focus of the music and her light, piercing voice is immediately striking. Guitarist Pedro Ayres Magalhães is also an integral component as the composer of a large part of their repertoire. The group's latest album, Faluas Do Tejo, is structured as a love letter to their home city.

The heart of the music Madredeus creates is the native fado style, often described as the blues of Portugal. Fado often explores poetic themes that relate to nostalgia, regret, and yearning, and it does not shy away from the larger issues of death, destiny, and love. The concept of saudade is ever-present in fado. Saudade is a Portuguese word that, like the Spanish simpatico, does not have an entirely accurate English translation. In the press material, Magalhães opines, "saudade is a state in which a person allows himself to experience contradictory feelings or cultivate nonlinear thoughts about love, life and time. For Madredeus, saudade is the key and the reason we make music.

Regardless of whatever may be lost in translation, the music on Faluas Do Tejo is entrancing. There is a soft lilt in the largely acoustic arrangements, filled out subtly with synthesizer work by Carlos Maria Trindade. The album creates a mood of sustained reverie that is beyond language. The music is exotic and yet still reassuringly universal. Faluas Do Tejo is refreshingly unique and certainly worthwhile for those who wish to experience more of a still-underexposed musical tradition.

Track Listing: Lisboa, Rainha do Mar; Fado das Dvidas; Adoro Lisboa; Nvoas da Madrugada; Faluas do Tejo; No Meu Jardim-Sementes Terra; O Cais Distante; Na Estrada de Santiago; L de Fora; O Canto da Saudade (PAM).

Personnel: Teresa Salgueiro: vocals; Pedro Ayres Magalhes: guitar; Jos Peixoto: guitar; Carlos Maria Trindade: synthesizers; Fernando Jdice: bass.

Record Label: Blue Note Records

Style: Latin/World


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?