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Seu Jorge and Almaz

Seu Jorge and Almaz

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Though he started playing music in 1996 with Farofa Carioca, it was his acoustic versions of David Bowie songs (sung in Portuguese) for the soundtrack to Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou that gave Seu Jorge some statewide attention in 2004. Here the Brazilian bard reinvents himself with Almaz, arguably the best band to support Jorge. With Nação Zumbi’s Lucio Maia on guitar, Brazilian film score composer Antonio Pinto on bass and Puppilo on drums, Almaz is a trio that puts tinges of psychedelia into mellow South American grooves. While Jorge retains his penchant for turning the songs of others into his own creations, the vibe here is loose and atmospheric, blending Tropicália with indie rock and spaced out jazz-funk — the latter dominating a more aggressive rendition of Tim Maia’s “Cristina” with dub-delay on the guitar and a taut, elastic bass line. They turn Kraftwerk’s “The Model” into a pulsing, reverberating, dance- floor jam, and although Michael Jackson’s “Rock With You” suffers from a karaoke approach, their clouded take on Roy Ayers’ “Everybody Loves the Sunshine” is fully redeeming.

Customer Reviews

Wow!

Finally a cool new record (from some of the best musicians in Brasil), that breaks all the rules and blow's your mind. Great for lounging, parties and driving around or whatever. Seu Jorge is cool as can be on vocals, Lucio and Puplio on guitar and drums are wicked as ever and Antonio is holding it all down on the bass. Killer record to have and share for everyone, enjoy!

Solid

First, this is not typical Seu Jorge, so if you are wanting some of that great stuff, be forewarned, this is different. That being said, this record is awesome! Great arrangements/performances all around.

Interesting and refreshing

I don't think one can fully appreciate the album until you listen to the originals. Then you realize how genius these covers are. "Rock with You" finds him sweetly off key, like a boyfriend who got drunk one night and confessed his feelings, a marked departure from Michael Jackson's suave approach. I know - strange. But it works. And that's the case with this whole album. "Everybody Loves the Sunshine" is the ultimate in chill. "Cirandar" brings a heft and grittiness that's not there in the original peppy Brazilian samba. "The Model" morphs into a strange reggae acid trip, while "Girl You Move Me" is given a total rock makeover. Seu Jorge and Almaz is an album that's meant to be savored. It grows on you. The instrumentation, the inflections in his voice. These covers are surprising and reveal something new with each listen. All in all, this album just makes sense.

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