Lisbon's Ana Moura sings fado, the bluesy torch songs that so richly convey the bittersweet romance of the Portuguese heart.

Lisbon's Ana Moura sings fado, the bluesy torch songs that so richly convey the bittersweet romance of the Portuguese heart. Guitarist/arranger Jorge Fernando met Moura while she was performing at Senhor do Vinho—Lisbon's house of fado—and worked with her to craft this noteworthy CD, her soul-stirring debut. Moura is, at this point in her career, quite devoted to the traditional fado, and the 15 tracks featured here reflect her focus on time-honored material. Her style is a perfect match for the tunes she sings, and her voice has a gentle, melodious quality; she clearly relishes the subtleties of the songs she interprets. Fernando, who produced the album, underwrites her with lean arrangements that allow Moura's heartfelt vocals to linger front and center, knowing the listener will be charmed by this superb young fadista. For an immediate take on the genuine grace of Moura's voice, cue up the final track, "Lavava No Rio Lavava," which she sings a cappella.—PVV