Director Wim Wenders has a terrific ear for the kind of music that defines and sustains a mood, be it Nick Cave, Buena Vista Social Club or in this case, his most original choice yet, Madredeus. Ainda is this sublime band's most sublime album. Never has melancholy sounded this beautiful. Salgueiro's emotionally loaded voice and the precise instrumental accompaniment of the musicians that fit so well they seem inseparable, take the listener on a beautiful trip. The excellent recording renders perfectly the particular lyric atmosphere.
The gorgeous acoustic chamber music of this veteran Portuguese composer will make this soundtrack appeal to fans of director Wim Wenders, who is renowned for his impeccable musical taste and first-rate soundtracks. If this isn't the music of the spheres, it's a close approximation. --Jeff Bateman
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