Album Remarks & Appraisals:
On her new album titled Desfado, Ana Moura stretches her extraordinary talent beyond the limitations of traditional Fado in every area. For the first time she is singing in English as well as her native Portuguese, as well as performing songs that are written in traditional fado form, as well as songs such as Joni Mitchells A Case Of You, which embody the spirit of Fado, while not being Fado in the traditional sense of the genre. It is an adventurous step for this phenomenal vocalist towards being becoming a truly international artist.
Mouras physical beauty is undeniable, but her mesmeric appeal radiates from within, even if you dont know a syllable of Portuguese. Her ability to alternately whisper, growl and ring like a silver bell are the hallmarks of a fine singer.
Personnel: Dean Parks (guitar); Pedro Soares (nylon-string guitar); Freddy Koella (viol); Patrick Warren (keyboards); Jay Bellerrose (drums, percussion).
Audio Mixer: Helik Hadar.
Recording information: Estúdio Pontozurca, Almada, Portugal (05/2012); Henson Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA (05/2012); Market Street Studio, Santa Monica, CA (05/2012); Estúdio Pontozurca, Almada, Portugal (05/2012-09/2012); Henson Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA (05/2012-09/2012); Market Street Studio, Santa Monica, CA (05/2012-09/2012).
Photographer: Isabel Pinto.