The Bottom Line
- A panoramic exploration of different types of Brazilian music
- Wonderful voice of Maria Bethania
- Beautiful, colorful liner notes
- Cannot think of even one.
- 12 tracks exploring different types of Brazilian music
- Poetry readings on half the songs, with lyrics and poems in liner notes
- Produced by Maria Bethania
- Released by Quitanda / Biscoito Fixo
Guide Review - CD Review - Maria Bethania: Brasileirinho
But that’s not the music you’ll find in Brasileirinho. Bethania’s pet project explores a range of Brazilian music genres from “Salva as Flohas, which deals with the roots of samba to “Purificar o Subae” a newer samba composed by Caetano Veloso, to the candomble “Xango Menino”. Nana Caymmi joins Bethania in “Sussuarana”; and Miucha harmonizes in “Cabocla Jurema” accompanied only by a guitar.
About half the songs have a poetry recitation to open the number, but really, whether or not you understand Portuguese, it doesn’t matter.
Now if all of this sounds a little esoteric, well, I suppose it is. But that doesn’t matter either. For pure listening pleasure, the songs are lovely and Bethania’s versatile torchy voice is hard to beat.
This is not an album for an evening of kicking up your heels. It’s the one you’ll reach for after a hard day at the office, when you’re in the mood to put some tropical beauty in your world.