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Though there are still traces of bossa nova on Gal Costa’s sophomore album, it’s mostly a chance to marvel at how effortlessly (and beautifully) she pairs with tropicália’s strikingly chromatic soundscapes. The fuzzy guitars on “Namorinho de Portão,” the celestial strings on “Baby,” the manic percussion on “Sebastiana”—she powers through them with gusto and drama. A lesser singer may have gotten lost in the haze of American rock 'n' roll, British psychedelia, and Brazilian rhythms, but Costa thrives.


Born: 1946 in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

Genre: MPB

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

Gal Costa is an awarded singer with an extensive solo discography and international experience. A fundamental presence in the Tropicalia movement, she has been in Brazil's leading team of singers for decades. Since very young, she has been involved with music as a singer and violão player; when her mother's business broke she became a record shop attendant, where he spent long hours listening to music, especially João Gilberto. She became acquainted with Caetano Veloso in 1963, and friendly disputed...
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