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Top 10 World Music CDs

December , 2006


No trendy beats or remixing here; Rosa is bossa nova in its purest form, sung and played alone by the great Rosa Passos. From the vocal-only opener "Duas Contas" to the buoyant closer "Inverno," Passos presents a nuanced and varied look into her creative genius-every finger pluck, dramatic pause, sensual whisper coquettish croon is captured here. Her previous handful of albums has left us bresathless over the years, but this one seemed to be such a personal and emphatic statement that its beauty lingers long after the album is over, long enough, in fact, for this May release to make our yearend list.