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Personalidade: Caetano Veloso

Caetano Veloso

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Album Review

A sampling of the early recordings of Caetano Veloso, who broke into the Brazilian music scene on the wings of Tropicalia, this winning anthology covers a bewildering variety of styles which the soft-spoken firebrand had at his command. There is pure bouncy Brazilian pop ("Beleza Pura"), romantic bossa nova ("Coisa Mais Linda"), a sprouting Hawaiian guitar in the background ("Muito"), a repetitive folk flavor that would pop up again in his career ("O Leaozinho"), light-as-a-feather electro pop ("Podres Poderes"), songs that end up in the air ("Menino do Rio"), and '60s Top 40 rock with a North American accent ("Supercabana"), to name but a few. A really engaging tune which you won't be able to get out of your head is "Soy Loco por Tí, Ameríca," which piles a light samba beat on top of a vintage Motown bassline. Unfortunately, there are no translations of the Portuguese lyrics, no recording dates or personnel, not even the album sources, so you're on your own. ~ Richard S. Ginell, Rovi

Customer Reviews

A great intro to a great artist

This was the album that first got me into the wonderful Mr. Veloso. I first heard him in a class on popular music in Portuguese (I was a Spanish and Portuguese studies major) and loved him. This album si a good representation of his earlier work. He has done excellent work his entire career, but these really are some of his best. Although this is a compilation, it actually does flow quite well even though the style varies greatly from song to song. That is the magic of Caetano though; he manages to move through genres effortlessly, owning them all as he explores them. For those of you who know any Portuguese, he also has absolutely fantastic lyrics.

Biography

Born: August 7, 1942 in Santo Amaro da Purificação, Brazi

Genre: MPB

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

A true heavyweight, Caetano Veloso is a pop musician/poet/filmmaker/political activist whose stature in the pantheon of international pop musicians is on a par with that of Bob Dylan, Bob Marley, and Lennon/McCartney. And even the most cursory listen to...
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