Dóris Monteiro

Dóris [1971]

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Dóris Monteiro's good looks may have kept her from singing challenging material during the early '70s, but her bewitching voice let her excel at any type of song she decided to record. Dóris, just one from a brace of identically titled LPs during the period, featured just a few light bossa novas and sambas; the rest were breezy Brazilian pop tunes, all of them recorded with a light touch by producer Milton Miranda. Monteiro explored the subtleties in all these songs, from the gentle samba on the opener "É Isso Aí" to the brassy singalong of "Eu Quero, Eu Quero, Eu Quero." While the arrangements are similar to late-period Astrud Gilberto, Monteiro makes it clear she has much more talent, ranking as the equal of Elis Regina.

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