Album: Joyce Moreno, Rio de Janeiro (Far Out)


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If you can imagine an album about London whose songs included Charlie Chaplin and Noël Coward as well as Gerry Rafferty and Ralph McTell, you'd get the point of singer/guitarist Joyce's solo tribute to her home city, inspired by a concert she performed on Ipanema beach.

 The lyrics are all in Portuguese bar the closing "See You in Rio", which for non-speakers limits understanding, but the music is sublime. Old-time sambas sit next to songs by Carlos Lyra, Tom Jobim and Caetano Veloso.