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Badi Assad: Verde

After a six-year absence from solo recording solo, 38-year-old Brazilian singer, songwriter and guitarist Badi Assad makes a welcome return to the scene with Verde. Despite the monotone album title, Assad cultivates a wildly variegated and exotically beautiful garden of tunes here: Bjork’s “Bachelorette,” U2’s “One” and Adoniran Barbosa and Vinicius de Moraes’ “Bom Dia, Tristeza (Good Morning, Sadness)” blossom next to Assad’s own creations.

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