Lovely Difficult

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Lovely Difficult
Lovely difficult cover.jpg
Studio album by Mayra Andrade
Released November 11, 2013 (2013-11-11)
Recorded Brighton and Hove[1]
Genre Gypsy jazz, bossa nova, funaná samba, Cuban bolero, slow funaná, coladeira, R&B, reggae
Label RCA Victor / Sony Music
Mayra Andrade chronology
Studio 105
(2010)Studio 1052010
Lovely Difficult

Lovely Difficult is the fourth album by Mayra Andrade, released on November 11, 2013 in Cape Verde, Brazil, and much of western Europe.[2][3] Compared to her first three albums, Lovely Difficult is less traditional and more pop, with collaborations with artists from the United States, Israel, France, and England[4] and songs in Portuguese, Cape Verdean creole, French, and English.[5] The first single, "We Used to Call It Love", was released in September 2013.[3]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
The Guardian 3/5 stars[6]
Music Story 3.5/5 stars[7]
Rolling Stone Brazil 4/5 stars[8]

The album was nominated in the Best World Music Album category at the 2014 Victoires de la Musique.[9]

Track listing[edit]

  1. Ténpu Ki bai (Mayra Andrade)
  2. We used to call it love (Pascal Danae - Mayra Andrade)
  3. Build it up (Krystle Warren)
  4. Ilha de Santiago (Mário Lúcio Sousa)
  5. Le jour se lève (Yann Walcker / Yael Naïm)
  6. A-mi n kre-u txeu (Mayra Andrade)
  7. Rosa (Mayra Andrade / Mayra Andrade & Munir Hossn)
  8. 96 days (Hugh Coltman)
  9. Les mots d'amour (Tété)
  10. Trés mininu (Mayra Andrade / Mayra Andrade & Piers Faccini)
  11. Téra Lonji (Mayra Andrade / Pascal Danae)
  12. Simplement (Benjamin Biolay)
  13. Meu farol (Mayra Andrade / Mayra Andrade & Munir Hossn)


  1. ^ "Mayra Andrade Anuncia Novo Álbum "Lovely Difficult"" (in Portuguese). Sony Music. Archived from the original on 2013-10-29. Retrieved 2013-10-25. 
  2. ^ Charles Clement (October 8, 2013). "4e Album de Mayra Andrade : Lovely Difficult". Afriquinfos. Archived from the original on October 29, 2013. Retrieved 2013-10-25.  (French)
  3. ^ a b Fátima Valente and Karina Gomes (October 15, 2013). "Mayra Andrade lança novo álbum com músicas em inglês". Deutsche Welle. Retrieved 2013-11-13.  (Portuguese)
  4. ^ Cláudia Marques (August 21, 2013). "Já não tenho justificações a dar, quis agora fazer algo por prazer". Sapo Musica. Retrieved 2013-08-22.  (Portuguese)
  5. ^ Marcelo Monteiro (August 22, 2013). "Entre África, Europa e Brasil: ouça o novo single de Mayra Andrade". O Globo. Retrieved 2013-08-23.  (Portuguese)
  6. ^ Robin Denselow (April 10, 2014). "Mayra Andrade: Lovely Difficult review – charming, confident set from Cape Verde's top singer". The Guardian. Retrieved 2014-04-11. 
  7. ^ François Alvarez. "Chronique de Lovely Difficult". Music Story. Archived from the original on 2013-11-14. Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  8. ^ Marcos Lauro (14 February 2014). "Guia de CDs - Lovely Difficult". Rolling Stone Brazil. Retrieved 2014-02-17. 
  9. ^ "Les nommés des 29ème Victoires de la Musique sont..." Premiere. 14 January 2014. Archived from the original on 15 January 2014. Retrieved 2014-01-14.  (French)

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