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Estudando O Pagode

Tom ZeAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (April 24, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2004
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Luaka Bop
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,000 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Estudando o Pagode, Z‚'s newest release on Luaka Bop, is musically daring and danceable, with observations on human nature and sexual politics that are hilariously wry. OK, it's not really an opera, but a non-linear group of songs about the same subject. The album has already been nominated for a Latin Grammy and received the prestigious CHOC de la Musique from Le Monde.

Tom Ze's latest opus, Estudando o Pagode, isn't just a musical journey. It's more an eclectic, expermental collage of sounds, thoughts, and feelings. The Brazilian song master has collected these musings into a purposeful, often artful, post-feminist operetta. Intense concentration is a must. The hour-long escapade is divided into three acts, each detailing situations that involve the mistreatment and repression of women. Ze incorporates soaring sopranos, chanting choruses, braying donkeys, and orgasmic moans into his musical framework, which is based on the improvisational pagode style. Amid so much conscious clatter, there are moments of surreal beauty: the quiet grace of "Duas Opinioes"; the celebratory groove of "Elaeu," which takes place during a Gay-Lesbian Pride Parade at the Vatican; and the swooning soulfulness of "Prazer Carnal," set at the U.N. building in New York. Ze has said he doesn't make art, he makes "spoken and sung journalism." His issues are important, to be sure, but you're unlikely to find a more artful, amusing and arresting piece of experimental theater anytime soon. --Joey Guerra

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Fun May 24, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Tom Ze has lost none of his lively sense of fun over the years. Each track beautifully crafted and full of interest. The bold experimentation with layers of sound combined with traditional forms makes the album sound fresh each time I listen - which is often!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Great Great January 8, 2011
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I disagree with the reviewers who state this CD is not a good place to start your Tom Ze collection. I enjoy it more than his earlier recordings, which are also great. "Pagode" is gorgeous, profound and accessible. It's wonderfully avant-garde pop that you can totally shake your bootie to. In fact, that's all i've done since purchasing this disc. FANTASTIC and deeply satisfying. And what a great theme for an Operetta! Wonderful booklet, too--I just wish i could read Portuguese. Mr. Ze easily earns every star available.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greats June 28, 2013
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Count me an unabashed fan of this album. Tom Ze, like the slightly younger cadre of artists including Caetano and Gil, is highly eclectic and skilled at many styles including rock. Here he shows his mastery of samba, with dashes of rock, electronica, and exceptional vocals-- often in duo or chorus with female singers.

The libretto is an unstinting exploration of the battle of the sexes and women's struggle for equality. The occasionally ponderous english album notes explain the concept and translate the songs. Understanding only a few words of Portuguese, I can't speak to how well it all works dramatically. What I hear is great singing and playing.

This album has a companion, Estudando a Bossa, also highly recommended.

By the way, Tom Ze was 70 years old when these recordings were done in 2005. You can hear the maturity in his voice; the energy of his music bespeaks a far younger man.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! March 30, 2013
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Wowww! What a great album by Tom Ze. Very creative lirics, outstanding beat and excellent vocals. All music fans who like music that is different from everything they heard before will love this album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars LYRICAL YET ROCKING, GREAT MUSIC, GREAT MESSAGE February 19, 2012
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Tom Ze, comp, arr, voc, b guit, ficus leaf, whistle; Jair Oliveira, arr, guit, b guit, b, programming, voc; others, voc, misc instruments, incl. percussion.

This is only the second album by Tom Ze' that I have bought so I can hardly claim to be an expert on the music of this prodigiously talented and extraordinarily quirky musician. Ze' has been around since the `60s, when he emerged as one of the founders of Tropicalia, an art and music movement in Brazil that merged art and political expression. Ze's infectious songs hark back to the great days of bossa nova and giants like Jobim and Gilberto. (He even quotes them in his songs.) But his music affiliates just as strongly with rock and with hip hop as it does with samba, whether old or new (or new new). Ze' is the Tom Waits of nova bossa nova, like a Brazilian Michael Franti from the San Francisco based hip hop group, Spearhead. Whatever its resonances, the music Ze' has produced on this album (which was nominated for a Latin Grammy) is both consistently lyrical and intensely rhythmical. (Both are characteristics of the classic bossa nova that preceded and inspired him.)

Estudando o Pagode is a rock-bossa opera-in-process (Ze' hadn't completed it at the time of recording), its theme the systematic persecution and marginalization of women. Freedom to love as one wishes without domination is a persistent theme --one of the prettiest songs on the album, "Elau," is an exchange between two gays at a Gay-Lesbian parade at the Vatican. In "Para La do Para (Out There by Para)", Tom (playing the role of a woman) sings: "What you think/ I know that you think/ That a woman doesn't think/ But she does // What you want/ I know what you want/ That a woman doesn't want/ But she does.....
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