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Album Review

Alma Brasilera is enigmatically titled. Though Alexandre Pires' soul may belong to Brazil, his career evidently belongs to his Spanish-speaking fan base. In the tradition of 2003's Estrella Guia, there's not a line of Portuguese on the entire record. Finding a large, adoring audience in the Spanish-language pop market, Pires seems to be more than flirting at this point. Unlike its predecessor, Alma Brasilera offers more than just a nod to Pires' homeland, if not in language, then musically. Though subtle, samba creeps in through the cracks of at least half the material. The horn writing and occasional bottom-heavy surdo, as sparse as they are, have a unique character that will remind the listener of past bossa nova and samba greats. The other half of the repertoire is very much in keeping with the reverb-drenched mountaintop pop balladry for which Pires is known. While for some that may be criticism, Pires has the vocal ability to not only pull off such drama, but deliver it in abundance. Latin pop certainly profits from having the voice of a full-grown man in its ranks. ~ Evan C. Gutierrez, Rovi


Born: January 8, 1976 in Uberlândia, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Genre: Samba

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Brazilian Alexandre Pires (born Alexandre Pires do Nascimento) started his professional career in the late '80s when he joined a local band called Só Pra Contrariar. The group made a self-titled debut album, released in 1993, and they became a top-selling act in 1997 while climbing charts with "Depois do Prazer" and "Mineirinho." In 1999, Só Pra Contrariar made a successful album in Spanish called Juegos de Amor -- which featured the song "Santo Santo," recorded along with Gloria Estefan --...
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