In a career spanning 20 years, “O Manual do Coração” is only Helder Moutinho’s fifth album. While his previous CDs had a very strong narrative element, each one telling a story, this tells a whole series of them. They come from the heart, from emotions triggered by different experiences.
Mainly consisting of fados-canção, the melodies are all original and the lyrics are the result of long conversations between Moutinho and the lyricist João Monge.
With a traditional band (a trio consisting of Ricardo Parreira on the Portuguese guitar, André Ramos on classical guitar and Ciro Bertini on acoustic bass), the voice of Hélder Moutinho and the words of João Monge take us on a musical, and emotional, journey.