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First Listen: Bebel Gilberto, 'Tudo'

Bebel Gilberto's new album, <em>Tudo</em>, comes out Aug. 19.
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Bebel Gilberto's new album, Tudo, comes out Aug. 19.

A soft, breezy summer record, Tudo befits Bebel Gilberto's status as a member of Brazilian musical royalty. The daughter of João Gilberto and singer Miúcha, as well as the niece of the legendary Chico Buarque, she crafts a work that's light but never boring.

Gilberto has been performing since childhood, and has Brazilian music woven into her DNA. Where it lacks in innovation, Tudo compensates in immaculate execution; she just lets herself be, and it works. To start, focus on two tracks: "Tout Est Bleu," which simulates the sounds of a French disco that's been relocated in the clouds, and the soothing title track. Both strike the perfect Brazilian mix of chill and melancholy that's become Bebel Gilberto's specialty.

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Jasmine Garsd is an Argentine-American journalist living in New York. She is currently NPR's Criminal Justice correspondent and the host of The Last Cup. She started her career as the co-host of Alt.Latino, an NPR show about Latin music. Throughout her reporting career she's focused extensively on women's issues and immigrant communities in America. She's currently writing a book of stories about women she's met throughout her travels.
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