Okay, we cheated here and included two albums in a single entry. So sue us. Following up 2000's Memories, Chronicles And Declarations Of Love, Monte (featured on our October cover) returned with twins-Universo Ao Meu Redor (The Universe is Around Me) is a collection of her own modern visions for samba with traditional musicians, while Infinito Particular (Infinite Private) was an album of new material with modern collaborators. It adds up to 27 new songs that both fit together wholly as Marisa Monte music, but are decidedly different in their approach. It's pointless to choose one over the other, because each captures a different side of Monte, and both succeed in measuring up to her usual high standards.