|Mísia - Canto||
Record companies are far more interested in fado than they were in the past, but comparisons with Mariza are now inevitable, especially if you happen to be called Misia.
She, too, is a young, stylish contender for the crown of the greatest fadista, the late Amalia Rodrigues, but favours cropped black hair and cocktail dresses rather than crimped blonde hair and gowns. Until now, Misia was often described as "the foremost contemporary fado singer", but that title is now clearly in dispute, and this new set shows why.
She has a fine, dramatic and suitably emotional voice and can switch with ease from tragic ballads to more stately, courtly songs (there's not much here in the way of lighter material), but on this showing she doesn't have Mariza's spine-tingling intensity.
Nor is she helped by her musicians: while Mariza's small and inventive band move fado forward, Misia is backed by a decidedly old-fashioned mixture of guitars and often cloying, sweeping strings.