Abril Music 1105025-2 (2001)
Marina Lima (born September 1955) is a very complex person. She
seems to keep on searching for what she actually wants in life. Which
makes her complex. As a person she struggled through a few relationships
with men before sharing her life with another woman. She had to beat
a depression she was in for something like 5 years. During that time
she recorded two albums: Pierrot do Brasil in 1998 (produced
by Suba) and Registros a Meia-Voz in 1996. After making up
her mind about a lot of things, she satisfied her ego with some restoration
works on her body. She felt the urge to show the result through reputation
confirming pictures in Playboy. Thus she considered herself ready
for the next move in her musical career.
The well received live album Sissi na Sua was the start, and
this Setembro is her latest project. Electronics have been
a main ingredient in her music for some while now. In the Jornal do
Brasil (September 1999) she said about that:
Contact with digital music is in my interest,
it gives me resources for composing and creating new sounds and
arrangements. I like studying a lot, it stimulates me, helps me
evolve musically and helps my relations with other musicians.
The CD Setembro has some pleasant and even surprising consequences
of that approach. But also a few horrible ones. Unfortunately, Marina
joins in the awful hype to add a few remixes. Never understood why
artists do that. Guess it's for no other reason than to extend the
duration of the CD. This one reaches 50 minutes, thanks to three remixes!
Those remixes seldom are an addition to the original final takes.
Other awful moments come with the pounding trip hop beat on "Paris-Dakar",
or with the barking dog on "Funkinho do Pedro e das Cachorras." That
song is mentioned as a "faixa surpresa." Some surprise: it's one minute
of a superfluous joke. Then over to the good things. In the opening
tune, "Setembro," you hear the good old Marina Lima in one of her
typical modern compositions: relaxed swing, with the singer playing
with electronics in a nice way (guitar synth, bass synth, loops).
Marina's husky voice sounds at its best in beautiful ballads such
as "Dois Durões." The song stands out because of a wonderful
mix between acoustic instruments and the loops she and Edu Martin
add. Edu Martin is also responsible for the wonderful acoustic bass
in this song. Sounds great. The same can be said about "Alguma Prova,"
where we also hear a tasteful use of the vocoder. Again it's surprising
how well an acoustic bass sounds in this music. "Me Diga (Francisca)"
has Marina's brother Antonio Cícero sounding like a shadow
of Gabriel O Pensador. Antonio Cícero is Marina's long-time
partner in composing. On this album he's well represented again co-writing
the songs. "No Escuro" is a composition that fits Marina's voice perfectly.
The instrumentation forms a smooth and gentle base for the vocals.
Armando Marçal adds effective percussion. Throughout the whole
CD Gustavo Corsi is noticeably present painting some colour to the
music. He's a perfect guitarist in that role. Gustavo is (together
with Edu Martins and drummer Cuca Teixeira) also featured in the band
on Sisi na Sua. On "Fala (Não Cala)" her other partner
in composing, Alvin L., is allowed to say some words too... "Terra
à Vista" starts promising, but dilutes a bit in a laborious
arrangement. Nice solo on the fretless bass here by Edu Martins.
It's a good Marina Lima CD, if you try to forget the remixes and
the freak called "Paris-Dakar"...
- Setembro (Antonio Cícero - Marina Lima)
- Dois Durões (Marina Lima)
- Alguma Prova (Marina Lima - Alvin L.)
- Paris-Dakar (Marina Lima - Alvin L.)
- No Escuro (Antonio Cícero - Marina Lima)
- Me Diga (Francisca) (Antonio Cícero - Marina Lima)
- Notícias (Cláudio Rabello - Marina Lima - Dalto)
- Fala (Não Cala) (Marina Lima - Alvin L. - Edu Martins)
- Terra à Vista (Giovanni Bizzotto - Marina Lima)
- Notícias REMIX
- No Escuro REMIX
- Setembro REMIX
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