Verdes Anos (ARC Music)
Verdes Anos present a beautiful album of Coimbra Fado, a genre of Fado originating in the city of Coimbra, Portugal. Fado is the distinctive melancholic but soulful mix of Portugal. The group consists of three singers, accompanied by two guitarras portuguesas (12-stringed lute) and a classical guitar. Complete lyrics and extensive information plus photos are included in the booklet.
The album has 19 tracks, with a fine mix of vocals and instrumentals. Check out the smooth vocals on ‘Fado Hilário’ and ‘Canção do Alentejo,’ and the fine guitar work on ‘Trova do Vento que Passa’ and ‘Saudadinha.’ Our other pick includes the fine track ‘Adeus Sé Velha.’
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.