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Album Review

Transparente is Mariza's "big" album, it seems, the one designed to make her more than just the shining star of the new fado. The music connects the dots between Portugal and Brazil, giving an international quality to it all. Her voice is as crystal clear as ever, and production by Jacques Morelenbaum is wonderfully transparent. Yet there's a sheen to it all that seems intended to rub off any rough edges. You can hear it in the soft strings that cushion "Meu Fado Meu." It just seems to be trying too hard, rather than letting the music unfold. It's apparent, too, in the fact that the songs are all short — the longest barely passes three-and-a-half minutes. Not that it's not a gorgeous album; it enfolds the ears like silk; Mariza herself has never sounded more seductive, and the cello on "Quando Me Sinto So" is as warm and inviting as a lover's kiss. But unlike her previous work, there seems an air of calculation about all this, the sense of deliberately seeking out a larger audience rather than allowing the music to speak for itself. She'll never sing a bad note, and there's absolutely nothing to fault with this album. The arrangements are understatedly lush, the playing impeccable, everything as close to perfect as it's possible to be. But at heart, it just doesn't feel real.

Customer Reviews

What a great voice...

Mariza has an incredible voice and her songs reaches deep within your soul. Even though, I am not fluent in Portuguese, every time I listen to her songs she captivates me with her melodies. All the songs in the album are exquisite, but my two favorite are “Transparente” and “Fado Tordo”. Thank you, Mariza to help me discover Fado.


Mariza m’a fait découvrir un autre genre musical tout a fait exceptionnel. Sa voix mélodieuse nous donne un ressenti du fado qui nous transporte, il n’y a qu’à baisser la lumière et à se laisser aller. Transparente est également supporter par une équipe de musiciens en diapason avec Mariza. Le son des guitares, par leurs précisions et la pureté des notes appuient merveilleusement bien la voix de Mariza. Je ne crois pas qu’il est possible de faire une erreur en achetant ce CD, c’est tout simplement un bijoux.

By FAR her best album!

This is Mariza's BEST album in my opinion, melodic, and simple music, soft voice, and strings.... All makes for a perfect blend! Would love to hear more of this side of Mariza...
Sua melhor obra, parabems!


Born: December 16, 1973 in Mozambique

Genre: World

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

Born in Mozambique but raised in Portugal, singer Mariza became one of the most popular fado performers ever after releasing her debut album, called Fado Em Mim. The Dutch-based World Connection label signed her up, captivated by her highly stylized performances of fado (destiny in English) a Portuguese style based on different folk rhythms. Mariza's knowledge of jazz and blues helped her make one of the most interesting European folk records in the new millennium. The album, produced by Jorge Fernando,...
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