Leila Pinheiro

Na Ponta Da Lingua

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In this album, Leila Pinheiro did a turn in her career. Associated since long to the rich lyrics, melodies and harmonies of bossa nova, this release is devoted to her openly declared intention of reach 1,000,000 copies sold. It would be a respectable decision as any other, validated by the implacable laws of Market. But, in fact, she sounds as if she was apologizing herself throughout the album, which is a sign of conflict. The opening vignette warns the listener to not say "desta água não beberei" ("I won't drink from that water", an old Brazilian saying which alert people for criticizing others, because at some point in the future the subject contradicts himself). The album is almost completely devoted to new composers of the pop repertory, and the first song ("Abril," by Adriana Calcanhotto), under an aggressive pop drumming, hits strongly autobiographical strings: "I feel the embrace of time tightened/ redrawing my choices/ even me, who wanted to change everything". Things get better then. "Pra dizer a verdade" is a change of pace, a beautiful samba-canção by Sérgio Santos, in the real Leila sensitive style. "Sentado à beira do caminho" is a 1970 melancholic hit which describes a person seated at the margin of a road, waiting for an old lover. "Aina mais" is a wonderful samba by Eduardo Gudin/Paulinho da Viola, whose rendition flirts dangerously with the "pagodinho romântico" via the cheesy keyboards of the intro, regaining composure soon thereafter. Another high points are "Mais uma boca," a composition by Fátima Guedes (which participated in the 1980's Festival da Nova Música Popular Brasileira), dealing with abandoned children; "Por favor" (Ivan Lins/Aldir Blanc), beautiful samba-canção; the lyrical "Sorriso de luz," by Gilson Peranzzetta; and the hot, strongly Northeastern "Influência de Jackson," by the winners Guinga/Aldir Blanc, where she is at easy in the sophisticated swing. The rest of the album is dedicated to nostalgic pop ballads.

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