about lineage - Bebel Giberto is the daughter of the amazing Joao Gilberto
and Astrud is her stepmom. She's got Bossa Nova in her blood and samba
in her veins. And on her debut, Tanto Tempo, she shows good taste
to match in choosing Amon Tobin and Suba as collaborators. But is Bebel
talented in her own right?
Well, sort of.
Tanto Tiempo has some amazing moments reminiscent of Astrud Gilberto
in her prime. The opening track "Samba de Benção"
is as slick and smooth as any of the timeless Samba classic of the Sixties.
The subtle hints of electronica by Amon Tobin only add to the overall
breeziness. The title track, "Tanto Tiempo" is another blissful moment.
Want to get laid? Put this record on. If Astrud was an innocent spring
day, Bebel is a seductive and sultry summer.
The disk is at once
retro samba and current. The mixture of electronic beats on a number of
tracks updates the genre while maintaining respect for tradition. Even
the cover of "So Nice" is surprisingly fresh.
And then you get to track 9. And its a dud. And track 10 (the final one
on the CD) is appallingly bad. On a disk that is already extremely short,
it is really a disappointment that is has such an abrupt ending. I paid
17 dollars for this album that should have been a $10 EP.
That said, Tanto Tiempo is worth buying for it's brief, but beautiful
moments. Or maybe, if you have a fast connection, just grab it off Napster.
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