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Album Review

Cosmotron, with its mildly electronic and Brit-pop-influenced sound, is a natural follow-up to Maquinarama, the album on which the group first abandoned its previous and highly successful reggae-pop sound. Most of the songs are rather calm, melodious tunes in which the acoustic and electric guitars drive the music forward. Apart from the obvious British influence on this album, there are also clear traces of Lô Borges' music during his Clube da Esquina period. Lô Borges also helped write the song "Dois Rios," which is one the best and also (together with "Supernova") the most Beatlesque track on the album. "Nômade" is almost dub, and the soft "É Tarde" has a rather cool electronic sound. More mature than some of Skank's earlier efforts, Cosmotron is a neat, well-produced collection of simple but finely crafted pop songs. ~ Philip Jandovský, Rovi


Formed: 1991

Genre: Brazilian

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Skank was formed in Belo Horizonte MG in 1991; they became one of the most popular bands in Brazil in the '90s. Mixing influences of pop music, reggae, ska, and rock & roll, the band reached the market with their first album, the independent Skank, which had the hit "Tanto" (a reggae version for Bob Dylan's "I Want You"). Their second release, Calango, had several hits, like "É Proibido Fumar" (Roberto Carlos/Erasmo Carlos), in the heart of the Jovem Guarda revival. Their fifth album, Maquinarama,...
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