In Faluas do Tejo, Madredeus presents a collection of songs about the city of Lisbon. The arrangements are mostly simple and folksy, showcasing Teresa Salguero's voice in its purest form.
"Lisboa, Rainha do Mar" opens the album with a light barcarole-sounding song that immediately conjures images of the Tagus river.
"Nevoas da Madrugada" carries a simple melody and light musical arrangement.
"O Cais Distante" is a moody, almost bluesy meditation.
"Na Estrada de Santiago" is a speak-sing number where Teresa sings a beautiful background melody that reinforces the power of her spoken parts.
"La de Fora" stands out as a happy, almost dance-able tune that has an alternating root-fifth bass line.
"O Canto do Saudade" finishes the album with a seaside, drink-in-hand feel that makes you want to start all the songs over again from the beginning. Notably, Teresa sings in a lower range for this song and you get to hear a different tone that is much more comfortable to the ear, especially if you don't like her very high parts.
Enjoy the virtual trip to Lisbon.