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Friday June 14, 2013

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An Atypical Brazilian Pop Star Listens to Her Inner Voice for New Album
By Marty Lipp

In the high-energy world of Brazilian popular music, Marisa Monte has always stood apart — a pensive pop star more interested in making beauty than shaking booty. Since her debut live album in 1989, Monte has conquered the charts with her gorgeous, silky voice and thoughtful, gentle elegance. She has always taken time between her intricately crafted releases and her latest reflects her self-conscious decision to make music in what she calls “a more natural time.”

In a recent phone interview from Rio, Monte said moving at a frenetic pace is not just prevalent in the recording industry. “I think it’s a contemporary challenge for every human being, because we live in such a noisy world with too much information. Sometimes we don’t have silence enough to listen to our inner voice, the need of our souls to follow our own speed.

“Some people,” she continued, “are trying to take care of their time in a different way or to be more aware of how to spend life; how to deal with time and how to look for some silence — to read, to search for information instead of being bombed with information.”

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