Maria Bethânia

Brazilian Collection

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Narrowing down the work of Maria Bethania, one of the giants of modern Brazilian pop, into a greatest hits collection is a challenging concept, but BRAZILIAN COLLECTION pulls it off admirably, focusing on her interpretations of the work of Robert Carlos. Unlike many vocalists, Bethania's voice seems to grow sultrier and richer as she matures, as is evidenced by these ballads sung in both Portuguese and Spanish. Her version of "Tu No Sabes," accompanied by lightly plucked acoustic guitar and a sparse string arrangement, is particularly stunning.

Other highlights that will soften the steeliest listener are "Seu Corpo" and "Tu (Voce)," both of which showcase Bethania's consistently stunning vocals. Other collections such as SIMPLY THE BEST OF MARIA BETHANIA might offer more variety, but for great interpretations of wonderful songs by a fantastic artist, this compilation stands alone.

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