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Editors’ Notes

is at least the 40th release by Ceatano Veloso and it’s clear the 64-year-old Brazilian legend is hardly slowing down creatively. Featuring dreamy ballads, discordant funk, and angular, slashing rock, this is a delightfully diverse and clever batch of songs that alternates between soothing and edgy, often within the same tune. The lineup is straightforward — guitar, bass, and drums, with some scattered keyboards — but the song arrangements are anything but. Veloso bends traditional pop forms into unique shapes, aided by trio of sympathetic musicians a generation younger who help bring his ideas alive. The guitar work of Pedro Sá is particularly stunning, especially on “Outro,” with its sharp tempo shifts, the aptly entitled rave-up “Rocks,” and the driving “Homem.” Veloso’s vocals (sung in Portuguese) are as expressive as ever, moving from wavering falsetto to gentle croon. proves that this unpredictable veteran still has a few tricks to teach the kids.

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...
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