Being born to parents that have enjoyed success in the music industry is often both a gift and a curse. Doors are opened for such privileged offspring but expectations are usually placed on the son or daughter.

Despite being the daughter of bossa nova legend Joao Gilberto and artist Miucha, Bebel Gilberto does not struggle from any form of identity crisis. Rather than rush her work, her major debut album, “Tanto Tempo” was released in 2000 at the age of 34 after years of working with various collaborators and on a number of projects. The result are clear to be seen as the album is every bit as mature as its artist.

Bebel Gilberto+Tanto Tempo

Tanto Tempo- Bebel Gilberto

Having taken time to ensure her life and career followed the path she wanted,  her voice and musical direction parallels this attitude. Due to this, Gilberto sounds at ease at all times, which is perfect for the mood being cultivated; namely a relaxed one.

Her bossa nova roots are mixed with an underlying elements of electronica. To her credit she manages to incorporate the latter with a level of subtly that is very characteristic of bossa nova and does not clash with the acoustic guitar sound. Much of this is thanks to the producer, Suba, whose background in experimental, ambient and minimal music helped him to craft an aural experience that is distinct and clean.  The contributions of electronica musicians such as Chris Frank, thievery corporation and Amon Tobin are all also present as well.

The album maintains a dreamy aura from start to finish and Bebel’s voice manages to be the focal point of this experience. The opening track, “Samba De Bencoa” establishes this feel from the offset. With an airy ambiance, smooth melodies and Gilbeto’s voice, which seems to float over the track, the song leaves one in a somnolent state.

Immediately after is another highlight in “August Day”. A similar musical atmosphere is present on the track, however this time the tempo is faster and where as the other had a lazy charm this track has a hypnotizing rhythm. Nina Miranda’s appearance on the track is more than welcome and both singers do well to balance each other. The rest of the album follows the same pattern, with Gilberto managing  to change from relaxed to mildly energetic effortlessly.

Her version of Summer Samba is an important song. The decision to change the title of the bossa nova classic to “So Nice,” is a yet another example of her effort to personalize the familiar elements of her world. The music follows this theme, with the structure and instrumentation being adapted to her unique breed of bossa nova and does not sound out of place in the album at all.

Delicately, combining elements of past and present, Gilberto manages to forge her own identity not by following or rebelling against her heritage but rather by using it and other musical influences to create an album that bridges generations of music and accurately represents her unique position within and between them.  A most appropriate way to ring in a new millennium of bossa nova music.

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Released: April 25, 2000

Genre: Bossa Nova, Future Jazz, Downtempo

Label :Ziriguiboom

Producer: Suba

1.”Samba da Benção”

2.”August Day Song”

3.”Tanto Tempo”

4.”Sem Contenção”

5.”Mais Feliz”


7.”So Nice (Summer Samba)”



10.”Samba e Amor”

11.”Close your Eyes”