If any reason aside from Penelope Cruz is a reason to watch Woman On Top, it would be the music. Oh yes, the lovely music. "Brazilian Baby Making" music, is a great way to describe it before giving listeners an audible peek.
Half of the soundtrack is dominated by it at least, because half of it has the wonderful music and smoothly flowing voice of Paulinho Moska. If for no other reason, listen to the album for Moska's Acoustic goodness. The very first track is an excellent way into the rest of the album, and is by Paulinho Moska. Give it a listen.
A Flor E O Espinho, or The Flower And The Thorn.
Not all of the album is that sweet, Bossa Nova goodness. There's clear Samba influences, some songs which focus more on vocal beauty, but one thing you can expect for sure is a lot of acoustics all throughout the experience. If you like the sound of a classical guitar, you'll enjoy it.
Give a listen to Geraldo Azevedo's Berekekê. I'm not sure what Berekekê means, but it sounds prettier when he says it.
If you enjoyed both of these tracks, I'm 90% positive you'll enjoy 95% of this soundtrack. Maybe tracks like Maria Creusa's Obsessão/Não Me Diga Adeus/Pois E/A Flor E O Espinho (Obsessed/ Don't Tell Me Goodbye/ For You/ The Flower And The Thorn) will be a turn off, focusing mainly on her vocals and keeping the simple Bossa Nova sound in play. Not for everyone, but click it, give it a shot. Contrary to what the title would lead you to believe, it's really only 4 minutes long.
I recommend this to anyone exploring Brazilian genres and styles, the selection of talented artists spread across the soundtrack only strengthen this. You'll learn of Dori Caymmi, Morares Moreira, Normal Bengell, among other better known, late great artists, like Xavier Cugat, Baden Powell and Cyl Farney (yes, look those three up). It serves as excellent ground.
Plus Penelope Cruz is on the cover. How can that not sway you to get it all on its own?
If you liked today's post, you have the wonderful Melanie to thank. Again. For nudging me towards posting a soundtrack.
"There are a lot of movies with a lot of music in them...occasionally the soundtracks are better than the films." - Mel
Be sure to thank her over at her food blog, which should be focusing on a chillier time of year today, No Really, You Can Eat It!, or her personal blog 'So, How Am I Today?'.
That wasn't a question, either. Go show her love!