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Bebel Gilberto releases 4th studio album

November 25, 2009

The daughter of Joao Gilberto and singer Miùcha, Bebel Gilberto released a new (fourth) studio album, All In One. The 11 track album was released in August 2009. Here is a review of the album from The Boston Phoenix:

Gilberto could easily anoint herself keeper of the bossa nova flame and be done with it; when she keeps it simple and classic, as on the opening “Canção de Amor” and “Nossa Senhora” (both produced by Carlinhos Brown), no one swings so cool and sways so gently. But she’s never been a pure traditionalist: her comfort zone encompasses electronic spicing (Brazilian Girls’ Didi Gutman and Dust Brothers’ John King are among the other producers) as well as acoustic guitars, and All in One ups that ante.

Stevie Wonder’s “The Real Thing,” produced by Mark Ronson and Tom Brenneck and one of several tunes sung in English (the others are in Portuguese), rocks out, and her take on the old Carmen Miranda staple “Chica Chica Boom Chic” borders on the surreal, like some lost Os Mutantes track. Despite its disparate influences and multi-handed production approach, All in One never feels less than cohesive. Coated throughout in a romantic patina (credit Gilberto’s recent marriage), the record oozes warmth not only from the soft and sensual tracks (“Secret (Segredo),” “Far from the Sun”) but from the groovers (“The Real Thing”), too.

To me personally, the album is good but not great. I still prefer her old tunes from her older albums, specifically Tanto Tempo. Down the WHOLE All In One album here and judge for yourself if this album is better than her older ones.

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