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Mauricio Pessoa, Habitat
Sony BMG Music, Sept. 4

09/20/12
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



It was only a matter of time before old-school Bossa Nova had some sort of resurgence in Latin countries. After all, there’s that Bobby Daren hepcat revival going on in Frisco, and all the kids are looking so fondly upon the ’80s you’d think that era is worth looking back at. Pessoa is a classically trained guitarist, not that that’s central to the sound at all, which is more about his unadorned, unassuming vocals, nearly all sung in Portugese. Mostly it’s placid “Girl from Ipanema”-like slow-strummed background for espresso-sipping, but a big symphony gets dragged out for “Saudade.” Nothing wrong here, but if you’re not used to the old retired greats of the genre — Antonio Carlos Jobim, et al. — you’ll have to forgive the (deliberately?) under-produced vocal sound. A  —Eric W. Saeger






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