Sunday, July 11, 2010

CD Review: Bebel Gilberto's 'All In One'

All In One

The cool, lounge jazz sounds of a Brazilian night-club are quite evident on Bebel Gilberto's latest release, All In One. Some of the songs are written by Bebel, while others were borrowed from Stevie Wonder, Bob Marley, Carlinhos Brown, and Bebel's father, Joao Gilberto. The downtempo percussion and atmospheric elements provide a modernized sound that is never overpowering, overproduced, or unnatural. Bebel's organic voice soars nicely along with the percussion and electronic additions. The songs are sung in Portuguese and English. The liner notes include lyrics for each song. A number of female singers to come out of South America have graced the North American stage and airwaves over the years. However, one voice continues to stand out and remain a solid force in the world music scene. You can find all of Bebel's greatest attributes 'all in one' place on All In One. ~ Matthew Forss

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