Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Rodrigo Leao and Cinema Ensemble - A Mãe

This is the great new album from the Portuguese musician and composer Rodrigo Leao. Fans will know what to expect and will be well satisfied. Newcomers can expect lots of sweeping strings, Parisian accordion, melodic piano and heaps of great vocals from guests including Ana Vieira, a regular with Rodrigo, Stuart Staples and Neil Hannon, respectively frontmen with Tindersticks and The Divine Comedy. Not being a fan of either of these two bands, I enjoyed their contributions here immensely.

"A Mãe" is a well balanced mix of vocal pieces and instrumentals and like Rodrigo's previous work - solo or with his previous band Madredeus, will been described as "modern classical orchestral" or "cinematic pop". Whatever you want to call it, it certainly makes my world seem like a better place.

Here are some clips. The first two being from live performances.

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