CéU is more than just background music for sipping lattes, though, as she layers numerous sonic textures to create a rich blend of genres. The faint scratching of a turntable on "Lenda" complements her leisurely coo, and the repeating groove of synthesizer beats on "Veu Da Noite" evokes Portishead's mellow trip-hop. "Malemolencia" explores a soulful reggae sound, while her bluesy voice on "Valsa Pra Biu Roque" outshines the song's pronounced bandolim melody.
CéU sings in striking, expressive Portuguese except for one song, a cover of Bob Marley's "Concrete Jungle." Her tenderly swaying voice gives the track a casual breeziness, but with her breathy English, the song's underlying anguish seems to be lost in translation.
-- Catherine P. Lewis