audiotrack Yuaretê

reviewed by Jill Hill

Published in Issue No. 23 ~ April, 1999

My list is leaning a little too much toward country or neo-country, but this is neither. Nascimento is from Brazil and sings in Portuguese, which is a quite different language than Spanish. Yet, it doesn’t matter that I don’t understand each word. His warm, passionate voice carries me along in a dream much like the one he describes in “Dream Merchant”:

I trade my dreams
for faith in motion
At the end of my journey
I want a stone path of joy

The entire CD is touched with an otherworldly feel that somehow blends with the Latin rhythms. The beat can best be described as a soft tango and his voice as spiritual. His music imparts a sense of hope and joy. How can anyone not want that?

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Jill Hill lives with some kids, some dogs, writes, and manages a restaurant where she tries out her new CD's. She listens to a variety of music, from Classical to Blues, but tries to stay away from most rap. In her words: "I am always on the look out for a new band or singer/songwriter that I will like. I like a CD that does not grow old and weary sounding, which mean I don't want buy a CD that can be found on the used CD sale table a month later. One of my favorite CD's is Neal Young's Everyone Knows this is Nowhere. My favorite writer is Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and my favorite novel of his Of Love and Other Demons. X-Files is about the only TV I watch. I do not watch sitcoms and do not like music inspired by sitcoms. I'd rather listen to a sampled rap version of the Jetsons theme song."