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Album Review

Daniela Mercury is so kinetic that she could make the Energizer Bunny seem lazy. What better way to channel that energy than with a live album, one so lively listeners find themselves gasping for breath halfway through and wondering if she'll make it to the end. Her Salvador axé style mixes up reggae and African music with local Bahian beats and with some frenetic percussion as a lively backdrop to her songs. Mercury's quite obviously in her element on-stage, her sensuous voice caressing the songs even as the beat never stops, laying out her stall in the opening title track, where the catchy chorus simply explodes before a hyper guitar solo fires into the stratosphere. This is essentially a refinement of the trios elétricos music Mercury sang at the beginning of her career, meant for entertaining a reveling crowd at Salvador's Carnaval, but with a broader musical canvas. The material is largely drawn from her earlier studio albums, but with all gloss removed in favor of full-tilt renditions that bring everything into another realm. For all that, there's still plenty of subtlety, especially from the horn section, whose contributions push things along sweetly. The biggest surprise, given the massed sound of the drums, is that the band only contains one drummer and three percussionists. This is the real Mercury concert experience, with an adoring audience singing along, and an indication as to why Mercury is such a huge star in her native Brazil.

Biography

Born: 28 July 1965 in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

Genre: Brazilian

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Brazil is rich with musical heroes, past as well as present, and Daniela Mercury is one of them, for she was the premier axé performer of the 1990s, with a goddess-like standing in Salvador da Bahia. This is because that northeastern capital city is ground zero for axé, a uniquely Bahian style that is generally described as a fusion of samba, reggae, and rock, with some Caribbean rhythms thrown in for good measure. It's a relentlessly upbeat, highly percussive style of music that is the open-air...
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