Marisa Monte – album review

Marisa Monte
O Que Você Quer Saber De Verdade

(BLUE NOTE)

Brazil has not been lacking in new and exciting singers of late. Breaking one in the US, however, has been more of a struggle. Sure, NPR loves some Bebel Gilberto and Ceu, but I’d love to wave a magic wand and make Sabrina Malheiros a star here; her work with Nicola Conte is brilliant. Similarly, singers like Aline de Lima, Rosalia De Souza, and Mariana Aydar all deserve some shine up North. That Blue Note plucks Marisa Monte and her nondescript O Que Voce album for international exposure is a disappointment. This is little more than aural wallpaper, an inoffensive bit of slightly askew ‘newness’ for soccer moms to feign worldliness on their way to Target. Every other song borrows a riff from something more familiar, so as to not turn anyone off. That a couple of the riffs sound like they’re from Folgers commercials is nauseating. — Damien McPherson

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