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Misia / Ritual
Album:Ritual Collection:World
Artist:Misia Added:08/2002

A-File Activity
Add Date:2002-11-18 Pull Date:2003-01-20 Charts:Reggae/World
Week Ending:19 Jan12 Jan8 Dec1 Dec24 Nov

Recent Airplay
1.Tue, 14 Jan 03:Decca
At the Cafe Bohemian
4.Tue, 03 Dec 02:Fo
No Cover, No Minimum
2.Tue, 07 Jan 03:Decca
At the Cafe Bohemian
5.Mon, 02 Dec 02:The Voice of Doom
This is What 15 Years of Radio Have Done to Me
3.Tue, 03 Dec 02:Decca
At the Cafe Bohemian
6.Tue, 26 Nov 02:Decca
At the Cafe Bohemian

Album Review
Reviewed 2003-01-11 
Artist name – Misia
Album name – Ritual
Label – Erato

Think the blues but sung in Portuguese - Fado in Portuguese means Fate and the music is lyrical, sentimental and almost a lament. Very simple melodies, Misia’s very strong (and mournful) voice is accompanied by bass, acoustic and Portuguese guitar (fado guitar). Even if the music (which includes Fado guitar) sounds upbeat in a couple of tracks, don’t be fooled! The lyrics are always sad (the insert has translations of all the song lyrics), always mournful. While performing fado music the singer - the fadista - stands dressed in black in front of the audience, and behind the fadista are the musicians (the bare minimum is one fado guitar and one 6 string). The music for this album was recorded the old-fashioned way live in the studio, with single takes (for each song) and no sound mixing, using an old-style microphone.

Track 2 –This is a tribute to one of the most famous Fado artists – Amalia Rodrigues. The lyrics are part of a poem written the day Amalia died and the music for this is composed by Carlos Gonsalves, who composed for Amalia in the later years.

Tracks 6,9 and 10 – These tracks are the best of the melancholy, yearning numbers on the album.

Track 3 and track 7 – Slightly upbeat and even jaunty. A nice change of pace from the rest of the tracks (till you read the translated lyrics).

Track 13: Only the piano accompanies Misia. Beautiful. Evocative of the way Amalia used to rehearse at the piano (see insert).

Track Listing
1.Nao Guardo Saudade a Vida 7.Formiga
2.Xaile De Silencio 8.O Verso Em Que Peco
3.Duas Luas 9.Lagrima
4.Desespero 10.Misterio Lunar
5.Decisao 11.Ainda Assim
6.Cor De Lua 12.A Beira Da Minha Rua
 13.Vivendo Sem Mim