BEBEL GILBERTO | Theater Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader

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On her third album, Momento (Ziriguiboom/Six Degrees), Bebel Gilberto continues to inch away from the frothy electro-bossa that established her as a coffeehouse accessory when she debuted in 2000. The rhythms of her native Brazil still dominate the airy music and her warm, hushed delivery is pure Rio, but the pan-stylistic arrangements and increased use of English suggest she's aiming at something broader; tracks include a languid take on Cole Porter's "Night and Day" and the disco-tinged "Bring Back the Love," cowritten with members of New York's Brazilian Girls. Still, I like the songs that draw on her roots best, namely her sharp cover of Chico Buarque's forro-tinged classic "Cacada" and the Cuban-Brazilian groover "Tranquilo," written by Kassin and a recent minor hit for Thalma de Freitas (both play with Orquestra Imperial, the backing band on this version). Gilberto's subtle vocals have never sounded finer, but there's a middle-of-the-road quality to the record as a whole--it feels like it was made for folks who buy their music at Starbucks. Federico Aubele opens. a 8 PM, Park West, 322 W. Armitage, 773-929-5959 or 312-559-1212, $27.50, 18+.

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