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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

Mariza, Mariza, Mariza...

Mariza is a gifted fadista. Her voice captivates and her precense invites you to be part of her music, feelings. I saw her in Washington, DC in concert and she was amazing. She is very elegant and knows how to please the audience - she performed for two hours non-stop. I can't wait see her again and I am looking forward to more of her music. If you are looking add a fado album to your music collection, stop here and buy Mariza's Transparente.

Mesmerizing vocal skill and interpretation.

Mariza proves herself to be a superlative Fadista. She conveys all aspects of Fado, from soulful yearning to playfull abandon, with complete conviction and musical mastery. Her gorgeous voice has strength, agility and poignancy. Her sound is both rich and lyrical, full of passion and musicality. Her powerful voice, dramatic edge and impeccable intonation completely sweep you into the poetry of fado.

the voice of the 21 century

Mariza is the,, QUEEN OF FADO,,


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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