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Tanto Tempo

Bebel Gilberto

2000

Tanto Tempo
Album Summary

Tanto Tempo (lit. "So Much Time") is an album by Brazilian bossa nova singer Bebel Gilberto. Tanto Tempo was produced by Serbian producer Suba and co-produced by Béco Dranoff for the Ziriguiboom imprint of Crammed Discs. Suba died from smoke inhalation while saving the newly recorded album from a studio fire. The album was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.Brazilian electronic artist Amon Tobin's "Nova", from the album Permutation, is the backing track of "Samba da Benção".

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3.06

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Genres

  • Samba
  • Jazz

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Mon Jul 19 2021
2

I’ll again take issue with the notion that life is not worth living unless you’ve heard this album. Honestly, I could have heard it thirty times already in a dentist office and not even realized it. And that’s not necessarily an insult! As far as background lobby music goes, I thought this was really pleasant. Having a dinner party for your parents and all their friends? Now you know what to put on at a volume just loud enough to be heard but not intrude. And what a lovely name. Bebel Gilberto. I’ll be saying it in my dreams.

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Wed Aug 18 2021
5

Stylish, cool, elegant, laid back bossa nova embraces modern production with electronic elements to create something beautifully dreamy and quietly glorious.

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Tue Jul 20 2021
5

Listened to this album many many times in grad school. It was a great melding of the bossa nova sound with modern production and some electronic elements. I had no problem giving it another listen and realized I had missed it.

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Fri Apr 30 2021
5

Love impromptu trips to Brazil. Haven’t seen Joao on here yet

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Mon Jun 14 2021
5

Im not used to this style, but i loved it

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Mon Apr 25 2022
5

Is this progressive samba? whatever it is it’s fucking glorious - 10/10

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Wed Mar 03 2021
2

Unless it is already playing on the dance floor or in my pretend cabana in Brazil, I’d never choose to listen

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Fri Apr 30 2021
5

So ein schöner tempowechsel, ich wusste nicht, dass Joao Gilberto eine so talentierte Tochter hat.

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Fri Nov 12 2021
5

Very beautiful abd the instrumentation sounds so damn crisp!!!

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Fri Nov 26 2021
5

Great music, enjoyed it while on a long drive.

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Thu Aug 11 2022
5

Suba, the producer of this smooth, cool, down tempo album died while saving the newly recorded album from a studio fire!!! I mean, I love it, it's sumptuous and sexy but I wouldn't risk my life for it.

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Thu Mar 16 2023
3

The first thing I learned about Bebel Gilberto is that she's the daughter of bossa nova pioneer, Joao Gilberto. Joao was heralded as the father of bossa nova, which would make Bebel either its sister, or the genre incarnate. Either way, it's in her blood... and 2000's "Tanto Tempo" proves it track by track.   Raised on bossa nova music her entire life (naturally), Bebel Gilberto had been releasing music for fourteen years by the time "Tanto Tempo" rolled around. It was her third full-length studio album, and saw her become one of the biggest selling Brazilian artists of the 20th century. Despite this, it's extremely difficult to find online in the UK, and I've had to resort to listening to a cover of "Alguem" because there's no trace of it. If I ever finish the rest of the 1001 list, my final regret will be never hearing the original "Alguem". If you're reading this, HELP! "Tanto Tempo" is often billed as bossa-nova meets electronica, but on first listen the electronic elements are scarcely noticeable. At best, they contribute really well to the ambience: some whooshing, whistling synths turn "Mais Feliz" into an elegant beguiling soundscape. A couple of programmed drum beats crop up here and there, but they're subtle enough to not detract from the bossa nova feel. They've just allowed critics ever since to contextualise "Tanto Tempo" vaguely within trip-hop and downtempo. Instead, "Samba de Bencao" typifies the sound of the album: bossa nova guitar rhythm, whispering saxophone and twinkling vibraphone, percussion barely kept above brushes on the snare. There are no crescendos so much as waves gently breaking on the shore. Tying it all together is Gilberto's vocal: velveteen smooth, intimate and casual. Over the course of the album, she slips between Portugese and English (singing both beautifully, but hearing the lyrics in English somehow diluted the album's beauty. Imagine if, instead of birdsong, we heard their actual calls to one another of "Ey up! I done a shit! Fancy a shag and some worms?" Not as lyrical, is it? Anyway, that's my problem, certainly not Bebel's). Once the mood is established in "Samba de Bencao", it remains much the same across the rest of the album- sedate, sultry and smooth- until we reach a couple of surprises. First, "Sem Contencao" livens things up with a light samba, retaining the same instrumentation while upping the tempo a little. I appreciated the change in tempo, but on the whole this didn't quite work for me: too breezy to be exciting, but too energetic to be blissful. Later, "Bananeira" and "Close Your Eyes" are two shocks coming at the eleventh hour: out-and-out drum beats, a full brass section, lively samba. These feel as though they shouldn't work, particularly when the soporific, skeletal "Samba e Amor" sits between them. But, while bossa nova purists may well balk at it, against the odds I found myself grooving away contentedly.  "Tanto Tempo" is not something I'm likely to revisit often (mainly because it's so bloody hard to find), but it's been a relaxing Friday afternoon listening to bossa nova incarnate. And western pop fans rejoice: "So Nice (Summer Samba)" was also covered by Baby Spice herself, Emma Bunton. Hurrah!

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Fri May 05 2023
3

Far exceeded my preliminary album-cover-based expectations. Fans of Stereolab should find something to like on this record.

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Wed Jun 01 2022
5

Love me some bossa nova. Such great stuff.

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Fri Jul 15 2022
5

Swag af trip-hop infused lounge sounds. Brb gonna blast this from my poolside cabana v

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Thu Sep 01 2022
5

My type of chill music 💯💯💯

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Thu Sep 01 2022
5

Loved it for chill background vibes. Frenchy cafe

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Sun Oct 02 2022
5

Jazzy calm really good vibes. Kinda reminds me of the wild world sound track.

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Sun Oct 02 2022
5

the jazzy feel was much appreciated, and i love love love this person’s vocals!

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Sun Mar 12 2023
5

There’s noticeable Brazil representation on this list, and I’m for it! This is a lovely listen that was just perfect for my evening. There’s a lot of the classic bossa nova/samba sound with some modern twists nestled in there. It all works wonderfully.

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Sun Mar 12 2023
5

Absolutely enchanting. I was enchanted.

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Sun Mar 12 2023
5

I can hear Rio’s beaches calling. I think that the listening experience was enhanced by the non-English language lyrics.

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Sun Mar 12 2023
5

I remember clearly when this album came out. As a fan of bossa nova and her father João Gilberto, I was definitely interested. I read reviews and planned to buy it...and evidently didn't. This was quite a lovely update of the bossa nova into a 21st century feel. It's wonderful to revisit such a great version of "Summer Samba," one of my all time favorite songs. It was quite perfect for a first walk outside on a sunny, crisp day after a long, cold winter. This was lush and lovely.

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Mon Mar 27 2023
5

It is very interesting to hear this right after listening to her father. While that record had a staleness to it, this is much more reminiscent of Norah Jones and a soothing coffee shop type record. I liked.

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Mon Mar 27 2023
5

Well, this was a first for me in that there's a song on this album I couldn't find on Spotify nor YouTube. So for now I'll just have to skip it. That song is Alguem. There were a couple of covers on YouTube but I refuse to listen to those as I feel it takes away from what listening to this album should be. However, I can safely say I'll be seeking this out in physical form. This was a beautiful album. A beautiful mix of Bossa Nova, Future Jazz and Downtempo. Even felt a bit of DnB energy from Lonely. Fun, mostly upbeat and tuneful. I wish for a warmer day to review this, quite honestly. Favourite: Lonely

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Fri Apr 14 2023
5

Different language but really good chill Jazz

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Tue Apr 18 2023
5

Sumptuous opening track. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Bossa Nova music style. And real music. If you like this just a littel bit, go listen to RED HOT +RIO (a compilation) or the all time classic album that will blow you away "Getz/Gilberto" . This album gives me hope for The List. ....which needs more variegation, World and more Varied (and female) voices, and less rancid rap, garage and punk. But hey, another time we can go down the allmusic ratings, or rolling stone lists, right? And this has been educative so far. Bebel. She was Eva in the film Rio, is a brazilian bossa nova figure, she is NOT descended from Astrid Gilberto, but IS descended from Brazilian guitarist / vocalist João Gilberto (Astrid's ex), and her mother was singer Miúcha. So, maybe we will hear the album "Getz/Gilberto" which has two of my all time favourite tracks. I'm off to Rio now....

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Thu Apr 20 2023
5

This album was really pretty and very relaxing. I loved it a lot more than I thought I would.

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Sun May 28 2023
5

Smooth as silk. Just want to sit back and let all parts of this flutter over me.

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Fri Jun 09 2023
5

i have basically no bossa nova knowledge, but this album was really lovely! good vibes all the way through, really enjoyed the use of electronic music

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Fri Jun 09 2023
5

No doubt that this is a musical family. I’m huge bossa nova fan, but if you would have described a “bossa nova, drum machine, new age” album, I would have been skeptical. All of the elements blend together in a really tasteful way that shows considerable restraint for the time. A treat to listen to.

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Mon Aug 21 2023
5

I enjoyed this Brazilian masterpiece.

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Wed Sep 13 2023
5

Another album I've loved for over 20 years. Sing to me Bebel

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Thu Jan 04 2024
5

This album is great! I definitely want to listen to it more in the future.

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Sun Jan 14 2024
5

Bossa Nova always puts me in a good mood, and Bebel is a smooth as bossa gets.

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Wed Jan 24 2024
5

Very nice easy listening. I especially liked "August Day Song"

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Wed Jun 16 2021
5

What an incredible discovery! Such a seductive voice and gorgeous music. Loved it so much that we booked tickets for her next show.

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Fri Feb 02 2024
5

Beautiful voice, could listen forever. She has the same effortless smoothness as her stepmother, the legendary Astrud. This is the kind of music that makes the world a kinder, mellower place... I think the right word is "Blissful". You can just feel the sun shining 🌞

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Wed Feb 07 2024
5

If I had the capacity to reach that stage of enlightenment that enables you to direct your rebirth, I’d do it just to be have the short lived existence of a microbe in her mouth that gets to ride into oblivion on one of the soundwaves coming from her voice.

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Thu Feb 29 2024
5

A delightful album, true to bossa nova with modern touches. I guess if your name is Gilberto, you are inclined to excellent musicianship.

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Thu Apr 11 2024
5

Man, Brazilians really just knew what the fuck was up back in the day. Not saying they don’t now, but either way. Bossa nova is simply one of gods greatest gifts to Earth. It fills my soul with an indescribable amount of joy. And when I saw this artist’s last name, I figured there was no way she couldn’t be related to João Gilberto. And fortunately she is. After listening to this album, it is clear that the father of Bossa nova passed down all of his genius and creativity to his daughter. Except she doesn’t just take her father’s success and make a subpar parody of it. She keeps all of the good parts of the genre, and enhances it with modernized electronic sounds. This album has a particular mysticism to it, due to the addition of a trip-hop inspired sound. And it’s executed perfectly. These two very different sounds are put together seamlessly. The only description I have for the way this album makes me feel is like happening to sit across from the most beautiful girl you’ve ever seen in your life on a train in Europe, Before Sunrise style. I myself have met people who are as beautiful as this music, but they are few and far between. This record just provided me with serenity and security. I feel everything is gonna be alright, and anything I’m having trouble putting past me now will fade into obscurity if I just put this on. And I totally believe it. An experience I think is worthwhile for everyone to have, whether they are familiar with this genre at all. Rating: 9/10

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Wed Apr 24 2024
5

Her voice is so sweet, whether singing in Portuguese or English. Samba da Bencǎo is familiar as the Eat Pray Love film's serenade. But the simply beautiful August Day Song and the lively, upbeat Sem Contencao should not be overlooked on this gem of an album. It is a Bossa Nova classic that holds up 25 years post-release.

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Fri Apr 26 2024
5

Really enjoy the chill vibes of the first track (which samples a Amon Tobin song "nova"). A really good overall blend of modern instrumentation and electronics/at times soft rock/city pop styles with this beautiful traditional bossa nova/salsa/samba (which I need to learn the differences between). Great to have in the background for some general good mood but she's got a great voice and the tracks have the spirit/detail to keep it interesting for a full album.

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Thu May 16 2024
5

She might be a nepo baby but she definitely has the same sauce as both of her parents. Some of the most soothing singing you’ve ever heard over some excellent chilled out and sultry bossa nova. Loved the first track and the whole album. Correction: Astrud is her stepmom but her actual mom is a singer too so I’m sure my first point is still accurate. I’m drunk so why not a 5

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Tue Jun 01 2021
4

This happened to fall on a sunny summer day, sat in the garden, so suited the mood beautifully.

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Mon Feb 01 2021
4

great bossanova like mom and dad did! fav track: Sem Contenção

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Sat May 15 2021
4

really smooth listen, top tier bossa nova

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

Beautiful voice and sexy samba music. Very nice vibes

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Wed Jan 20 2021
4

Very good South American music. Enjoyed more than I thought I would.

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Mon Jul 19 2021
4

The whole album isn't available on Spotify in the UK. However, what is there is quite lovely. Mellow, understated instrumentation coupled to beautiful, breathy vocals; bar one or two odd production choices (the trip hop percussion on the opening track belies its turn of the millennium provenance) this proved to be a nice surprise.

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Wed Feb 17 2021
4

Bosa nova, es siempre bosa nova. Música que siempre te lleva a otros lugares. Aunque me encanta no le pongo 5 estrellas por que la veo algo artificial.

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Thu Jul 08 2021
4

was waiting for something a bit different from generic rock and this was certainly it. I enjoyed it, would not be a regular listen but good. 3.6

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Thu Feb 04 2021
4

solid bossa nova jazzy vibes. I appreciate the warm sound- none of that hyperclinical dentists' office sound that many newer jazz albums have

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Fri May 07 2021
4

Saved Prior: None Off Rip: August Day Song, So Nice (Summer Song), Bananeira Cutting Edge: None Overall Notes: Nice voice and beats. Really liked this, will be returning

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Thu Apr 22 2021
4

Really nice blend of classic bossa nova and modern instrumentation.

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Sun Jun 20 2021
4

This album is chill and nice

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Thu May 13 2021
4

Done. Good dinner party music.

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Tue Jun 29 2021
4

Enjoyed listening to this on a rainy day. Nice change of pace.

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Tue Jun 29 2021
4

Love the latin grooves and precussion. Think its fairly unique to have samba music this well produced.

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Mon Jun 14 2021
4

Extra chill and noooice style fusion.

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Fri Jun 04 2021
4

'Tanto Tempo' brought me back to the random Bossa Nova phase I went through in lock-down last year. As Gilberto proves, that's not a bad thing. Super groovy, although I could imagine it being slightly boring and repetitive if jazz/bossa nova is not really your thing. I listened to it on a Saturday morning while doing the chores. Safe to say, Gilberto's smooth tone made my errands a lot more enjoyable. Some favourites included Lonely, Mais Feliz, August Day Song, and Close Your Eyes.

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Sat Aug 07 2021
4

Filha do João Gilberto, sobrinha do Chico Buarque. Familia foda, e um otimo album.

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Thu Sep 09 2021
4

Favoriete nummers: - August Day Song - So Nice

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Fri Sep 10 2021
4

portuguese jams are what i need in the morning I hope. V v v refreshing. also a little too much so we'll see.

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Wed Sep 22 2021
4

Easy listening, a few very good tracks

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Wed Oct 13 2021
4

mellow - really liked this, was pleasantly surprised, never heard of her before

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Sun Oct 17 2021
4

Warm, unaufgeregt, tröstend, funktioniert auch leise, welch moderate Kraft. Ich fühl mich verliebt, berührt, aufgehoben. Intime 3.9

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Fri Nov 12 2021
4

Cool mix of bossa nova and electronics

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Wed Nov 17 2021
4

Very chill music. Radio afterwards was very jazzy

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Sun Nov 21 2021
4

A very chilled out album, great for those lazy Sundays when you just want to relax and drink coffee. Would be an album I will be listening to again

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Mon Nov 22 2021
4

Un bel album bossa nova qui secoutentrs tres bien 4.5

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Wed Nov 24 2021
4

Great sound quality. Great music. Not really my taste for bossa nova, but very good.

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Wed Feb 16 2022
4

This album it a good example of why I really enjoy this list and this website. I would never listen to this album or have even heard of it otherwise. This was a really enjoyable album despite not being able to understand most of it.

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Fri Mar 18 2022
4

Tranquilo. Música melódica bien construido

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Thu Mar 24 2022
4

Nice light background bossa nova 4

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