Momento

Bebel Gilberto. Six Degrees. The daughter of bossa nova legend Joao Gilberto made a splash by adding electronica to classic Brazilian sounds on her debut, though a more traditional sequel went relatively unnoticed.


The daughter of bossa nova legend Joao Gilberto made a splash by adding electronica to classic Brazilian sounds on her debut, though a more traditional sequel went relatively unnoticed. This mesmerizing comeback looks both ways, from a breathtaking version of Cole Porter’s “Night and Day” that echoes her father’s “The Girl From Ipanema” to the murmuring dance grooves of “Bring Back the Love,” costarring New York City’s Brazilian Girls. Even Gilberto’s gentlest songs possess the steady intensity of a heartbeat, while her caressing voice has a dreamlike allure guaranteed to induce goose bumps. A head trip for all occasions, Momento can inspire religious visions-or sleazy fantasies.

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