Pássaro De Fogo
Label: Universal Music Ltda.
The first lady of sertanejo universitário, Paula Fernandes has the warm, honeyed voice (and gorgeous looks) to make it big. But as this breakout album (featuring "Jeito Do Mato" from the telenovela Paraisdo) demonstrates, she's got an even more important ability: range. Passaro swoops and sways from twangy rockers to lilting country waltzes, accordion-laden samba breakdowns to wispy pop sentimental enough to give Celine Dion a run for her tiara, to the fiddle-fueled "Chuva Chover," which draws connections between American and Brazilian country. Fernandes' graceful alto is at the center of each.