Amália Rodrigues

American Songs

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On AMERICAN SONGS, the beloved Portuguese vocalist Amalia Rodrigues offers up a short-yet-fascinating set of U.S. pop standards, all sung in her renowned fado style. While this downbeat approach naturally works well with more melancholy tunes (the aching "Summertime"), it also yields intriguing results with typically sunnier songs (a pensive take on "The Nearness of You"). Given the fairly subtle arrangements on this eight-track collection from Celluloid Records, Rodrigues's expressive voice is free to soar, making this unusual package much more than just a curiosity.

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