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Brazil: The Women's Voice

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Brazil: The Women's Voice is a straightforward, two-CD, 31-track compilation of popular music sung by Brazilian woman singers, mostly recorded in the late '90s and early 2000s, though one track at least (Astrud Gilberto's "Bossa No Praia") goes back to the late '60s. Effervescent bossa nova or bossa nova/samba related sounds are the usual styles throughout the discs, though sometimes with modern touches of funk and electronic beats and effects. In that sense, it's what listeners familiar with Astrud Gilberto will expect, and Gilberto's certainly the only name here who will be familiar to many of the English-language speakers to which this release is targeted, though some might have heard Gal Costa and Flora Purim as well. The usual groove here is more easygoing than challenging, but it's an unfailingly pleasant anthology, if not terribly varied.

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