This is Brazilian vocalist Cibelle's debut disc, which she co-produced with São Paulo-based trendsetter Apollo 9.

This is Brazilian vocalist Cibelle's debut disc, which she co-produced with São Paulo-based trendsetter Apollo 9. For anyone whose idea of Brazilian pop music revolves around Tropicalismo, samba or bossa nova, Cibelle's pop sound will require some mental readjustments. Bebel Gilberto's hit record "Tanto Tempo" (2000), with its novo bossa nova/subliminal electronica vibe, clearly anticipated this album. In the case of Cibelle, however, the stylistic palette is broader, and electronica is really the unifying element. As a singer, Cibelle flashes a good deal of Brazilian cool, her pleasing voice embracing every tune with confidence, be it the languid sensuality of Tom Jobim's bossa tune "Inutil Paisagem" or the more rock-oriented "No Prego." Throughout, Apollo 9's soundscapes are lyrical and expansive, and while not always thoroughly organic, they never sound forced. This is a very credible debut for Cibelle.—PVV