Rodrigo Leão was a member of Madredeus for twelve years before he decided to pursue a solo career in 1994. Already in 2006 the compilation "O Mundo (1993-2006)" appeared, which summarized Leão's early work. "Songs (2004-2012)" now illuminates the younger creative phase of the 49-year-old Portuguese and offers seven already released songs, two new recordings and the instrumental "Lost Words". For anyone who wants to get an overview of Leão's collaborations with well-known vocalists, "Songs" is absolutely recommendable. Beth Gibbons (Portishead) laments the "Lonely Carousel" in front of a chansonesque background, while Ana Vieira enchants with a mixture of naivety and worldliness ("Sleepless Heart"). Neil Hannon (The Divine Comedy) arouses great emotions, who feels audibly comfortable in the orchestral bubble bath of "Cathy", but never falls into false pathos. But the first incentive to buy this CD is the brand new "The Long Run", a folkloric waltz in which the former Jeff Buckley muse Joan Wasser alias Joan As Police Woman delivers a brilliant performance.
Top track: The Long Run