Fernanda Porto (Trama)

Bossa nova grooves mixed with Portuguese lyrics from a fantastic label with a fine stable of artists, a voice that is warm and infectious.. so what could possibly go wrong?
I’m afraid even with Fernanda’s beautiful singing this album just does not work for me. For this album is ‘drum and bass’ pretty much all the way, be not cleverly blended with vocals. Just bang straight in your face and pushing the vocals to the back. A bad move.
There are a few tunes, as with most albums, which will sell this for her. A pity the instrumentation does not allow her the latitude we would prefer.. this is a ‘here today, gone tomorrow’ kind of album. A shame, a real shame.
Drum and bass posse – this is a little too colour-washed and commercial even for you!

Steve Williams