There is something to cherish when international music is done with the character and charm of its birthplace. A seemingly haunting and tender feel lifts from the sounds of the worldly compositions. Lisbon is not immune to this musical luxury from the tones and instrumentation of seasoned artists. Madredeus after some twenty years of soothing the masses with their craft approaches the global stage with Faluas do Tejo. An Blue Note Record released collection of exotic arrangements some in tribute to their home Portugal but in totality a tribute to the world itself in all its grandeur expressed through sound.
Vocalist Teresa Salgueiro is just dramatic in her delivery and allows the story to be told in her own signature approach. "Faluas do Tejo" the title cut defines that Salgueiro aura with a constant precise concentration of melodic flow. Innocence may be a way to explain the tone but experience defines the outcome. Examine also the pure string manipulation of the cut by Pedro Ayres Magalhaes who compliments Ms. Salgueiro style admirably.
Pedro Ayres Magalhaes also writes many of the offerings on this project. Adding his stamp not only musically but perceptually.
The daring electro-personality comes out of the mold in the cut "Na Estrada de Santiago," which captures the listener in a mystical fashion. Salgueiro’s sultry spoken word throughout the piece makes for a chilling listen as the strings backdrop keeps the audience on edge.
Faluas do Tejo has a style unique to its own with a global distinction. Take listen not only to the vocals but never loose sight of the very respectful and dignified sound. The arrangements on this piece are alone a triumph.
Madredeus has offered the listeners a cultural sensibility and awareness to what is around us accept the gift.