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  • Audio CD (June 1, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B00000IPXN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,190 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Caetano Veloso has been tied in a kind of historical knot for decades with Gilberto Gil, with whom Veloso helped spur the Tropicalia movement in the 1960s. And just as Gil's moved on to reference and discuss a panoply of themes in his music, so too is Veloso on an extended foray into nonmusical subjects. The sprawl of this package, with its lengthy, swirly-painted accompanying booklet, is aided by Veloso's essay on pop culture in his native Brazil. And while the points he makes--mainly about what literary theoreticians call the "simulacrum"--are cogent, you can't really hear the mark of his ideas in the music. No matter, really, since the music itself is a vertical stack of styles that's both tall and thick. On top of Bahian rhythms, frequently played in the style of drum troupe Olodum, are strong, swaying samba elements. On top of that are riffing, sometimes mellifluously floating horns, and on top of that is Veloso's smooth voice, which moves at an eased speed that counters the thronging sound of all the instruments under his voice. As a whole, the sound is aptly luxurious, with flügelhorns and double reeds and strings, but there's always a rhythmic parade underneath. --Andrew Bartlett

Customer Reviews

It is clear that Mr. Veloso is both.
Mark E. Hendricks
They survive some lyrics, when they are not drowned by the virtuosity and, sometimes, for the pretense.
"nandho"
This may be Caetano's most beautiful album yet.
Glenn Sherman

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Douglas on January 31, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I am not from Brazil, i am from NY but i love brazilian music and i am sort of an officinado to the people that know me. I love Caetano Veloso especially his older stuff. His musical career is as varied as a landscape, you can love him one second and not the next so do not judge the "music of caetano" by listening to one or two albums it is vast. If you dont have caetanos older albums and you just heard this but didn't like it, check out "Qualquer Coisa" or "Joia".
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Glenn Sherman on January 15, 2000
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Okay, first the disclaimer: I am not Brazilian, I need a dictionary to read Portuguese, and my musical upbringing is more conducive to James Taylor than samba, bassa, tropicalia or mpb. None the less, I love good melody, voice and rhythm, and Caetano Veloso much more than fits the bill.
This may be Caetano's most beautiful album yet. It is a "mature" album -- maybe with too many string arrangments for people who love "Estrangeiro" or earlier albums -- but with beautiful vocals, stellar musical arranging and percussion beyond reproach. It is the work of an artist at the height of his powers and comfortable with his talent and status -- not unlike Duke Ellington later in his career.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 19, 2003
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This is one of the finest CDs ever released. No wonder it won a Grammy Award; the sophistication of the lyrics, the bewitchering voice, the magic of the rythms, I just don't know which one struck me as more impressive. Yes, Caetano Veloso is a legend and one of the finest singers in the world; but this album is simply superlative, even to his standards. HIGHLY recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 26, 1999
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Hey, I never even herad of this guy, I just bought this album because of a review in a rock magazine. When I first put this album on I didn't make it past the first song, I thought it was weird. The second listen I made it through the second song but it still sounded strange the next time I started the album at the third song and went about my business on the computer. After a few songs I had this good feeling in me that was being feuled by the wonderfully eclectic music of Caetano Veloso and his beautiful voice. Now I listen to all the songs and enjoy each and everyone. Great album!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark E. Hendricks on May 15, 2005
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The suggestion that this album proves that Mr. Veloso is 'suddenly old' is not only insulting to Caetano, but also insulting to anyone who might enjoy 'Livro'. The same holds true for the accusations that only a Brazilian can possibly have any perspective on the matter. On the other hand, one reviewer referred to Mr. Veloso as an 'icon' and then, parenthetically, suggested the possibility that Caetano was not an icon but, rather, an 'Iconoclast'. Well ... he was right. It is clear that Mr. Veloso is both. Tropicália, indeed, advocates shattering icons. However, its premise has always provided for the establishment of new ones; by which we may define tomorrow. This album is a solid reaffirmation of Tropicália. It possesses all that was ever embodied by the movement. All of the elements that cross the boundaries of the twilight world that exists between the waking world and the night. All that is rational juxtaposed against the primitive and emotional. All of the technological limitations of 1967 São Paulo versus all of the modern wizardry of wherever one cares to reside today. By definition, Tropicália can never get old. Therein lies the great hope of Brazil (and, dare I say, the world). It has often been said that Brazil is a failed nation, but I ask you: Is it gone? No it is not ... and so long as it lives there is hope. Hope for Brasil and hope for the world. Viva Caetano! Viva Brasil!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 25, 1999
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While considered a musical genius in Brazil, Gaetano has often underwhelmed me as a non-native speaker of Portuguese with some of his previous albums. I get the impression that his exceptional skills as a lyricist in Portuguese have compensated for his spottier successes as a tune-smith.
This CD is refreshingly different. Without understanding a word of Portuguese, a non-Portuguese speaking listener can still appreciate the sheer musicality of song after song on "Livro". There is much less of the self-indulgent experimental (and frequently grating) music on, for example, his album "Estrangeiro". "Livro" is smooth, tuneful, listenable - with more of the slow ballades that Gaetano's voice excels at. A great album!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By dasmith@iei.net on April 18, 1999
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I have the Brazilian copy of this disc, so I don't know if the international version will differ in any way other than possibly offering lyric translations. First, the packaging has been done with much care - a fold-out digipak featuring heavily-saturated, expressionist/psychedelic oil painting. Veloso offers some of his best music in years, since he and producer/arranger Jacques Morelenbaum have applied the lush, subtle sound of "Fina Estampa" to original songs, while retaining a certain edginess on some tracks. This edginess comes from electric guitars, the "kitchen sink" of percussion, and innovative mixing. Best songs: the title track, which alludes to the period of the dictatorship in Brazil; "Manhata", a swinging, seductive tribute to the Statue of Liberty; "Doideca", which means roughly "Crazy-teque" and uses a sample of Veloso's "London London" amid the cacophony of concrete rhythms to suggest Veloso's preference for the baroque culture of Brazil; "You Are Mine", a wonderful monologue from a mother to her child; "The Slave Ship", which utilizes an historic Brazilian poem over a heavy beat; and "Alexandre", an unlikely, catchy song about Alexander the Great.
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