Friday, March 29, 2013

CD Review: Ze Luis' 'Serenata'

Ze Luis

The Cape Verdean vocal and guitar songs of Ze Luis are predominantly breezy, relaxing, and soulful. There are guitars, percussion, and cavaquinho. The relatively few instruments do not detract from the vocal power of the songs. The fourteen songs represent a classy array of island rhythms and melodies that are far from being ho-hum. Serenata is Ze Luis' first album, but it is very mature with candid vocals and sincere songwriting. The arrangements are quite folksy, but a little classical influence is evident, too. Nevertheless, Serenata is a fun album with bright songs and moving melodies that capture the light and life of Cape Verdean society. Celebrate life with Ze Luis!

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