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Editors’ Notes

Recorded in 2006, when he was in his mid-60s and still on an extended creative streak, Ce is one of Caetano Veloso’s most intimate efforts. Abandoning the lush orchestration of prior albums, the iconic singer/songwriter and Tropicália pioneer concentrates on the joys of a restrained rock ’n’ roll quartet, from the funky grooves of “Homem” to the art-pop guitar of “Deusa Urbana” and the abstract poetry of “Minhas Lagrimas.” It’s a beautiful record of sparsely arranged yet stirring Brazilian tunes.

Customer Reviews

Wonderfully Fresh!

I'm embarrassed to say that I'm new to this very famous artist. Not only is this beautifully recorded...it's crisp...it bristles with vitality, and it serves the artist in his delivery of song. (I read that his son was involved in the production.) The brilliance of Caetano Veloso's music is that he makes it sound simple, and he makes every style (and fusion of styles) his own. In no way does the music ever sound like its trying to intrigue the listener...it just does. Instead of constructing songs that move from one style, or genre, to another genre, He layers genres or elements of genres. The result sounds so natural. I mean this as a compliment...this music sounds effortless. While many other wonderful artists 'raise the bar' musically by trying to make the listener aware of its complexity, Caetano sounds as if he couldn't break a sweat here. This is the sound of a Master, in my understanding this is the ability for an artist to take everything he knows about his past experience and technical prowess, and just throw it away. He just gets out of the way of the music and just lets it breathe. The beauty is that 'it' becomes a living entity, moving and evolving, communicating with us, and as all great music it goes deeper- in us.

Not to be missed

New material by Caetano is never to be missed. Another great opus!

Ce

Ce is the same as all other Veloso albums: great. He doesn't stray from lyrical melodies but his guitar playing is different from his previous records. O Heroi has become one of my favorite songs. This album lives up to the Veloso name.

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 his recorded output over the last few decades proves that this is no exaggeration. Born in 1942 in Santo Amaro da Purificacao in Brazil's Bahia region, Veloso absorbed the rich Bahian musical heritage that was influenced by Caribbean, African, and...
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