Elba Ramalho

Romantica

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This is a compilation of romantic songs by the Northeastern singer Elba Ramalho. This kind of release caters to those who enjoy the pop ballad style, even if Ramalho is a good performer in a repertory rooted in the rich tradition of her region. While the songs performed in the hybrid Northeastern/mainstream pop ballad style are interesting, mainstream pop ballads with gated snare drums and excess keyboarding sound vulgar with her voice. The delicate "Canção da Despedida" suffers with this approach. "De Volta Para o Aconchego," "Amor de Indio" (with a sensitive acoustic folk arrangement), "Paisagem da Janela," and "Palavra de Mulher" are examples of the first case. "La Vie en Rose" is a bit pretentious, epitomizing the album's concept of conducting a passage of her regional style to a universal one. It seems that it won't be easy for her to consolidate this passage.

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