Bossa Nova for Lovers
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After listening to Yo-Yo Ma's wonderful album "Obrigado Brazil" I went searching for more in that vein. With the names of Jobim and others on this album it seemed like a good value. Unfortunately most of the arrangements presented here are vapid and pale, without any of the passion of the originals. What sounds like computer generated strings and winds give the arrangements a lifeless elevator music feeling. Bossa nova should make you feel like swaying and dancing; I can't imagine this album would do anything good for lovers. If you are looking to buy a sampler of bossa nova music you should get the iTunes Essentials Bossa Nova collection instead of this; not only more authentic, it will be much more effective as a backdrop to that romantic moment you want it for.
For all the Jobim Newbees
This is a must have album. Enjoy the very best productions of Jobim and Astrud. Even better add Eliane Elias' Dreamer to round out the mood. Someday everyone's special sound will become elevator music, that will be your clue that you are getting old.