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  • Audio CD (February 20, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Luakabop.Com
  • ASIN: B000058TGU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #301,532 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sertao
2. Deusa Do Amor
3. Enquanto Isso
4. Eu Sou Melhor Que Voce
5. Das Partes
6. Arrivederci
7. Assim
8. Para Xo
9. Esfinge
10. Rio Longe
11. O Livro & O Beijo
12. Nenhuma
13. So Bendo Que Beleza
14. I'm Wishing

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When your father is Caetano Veloso, one of the musicians who invented the '60s Brazilian genre of tropicalia and who retains a giant reputation, you debut your first album knowing there are plenty of expectations attached. But, like Bebel Gilberto, another Brazilian musical offspring, Moreno Veloso doesn't disappoint. Like his dad, he's a wry, idiosyncratic writer. Where Caetano fused the bossa and samba with the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, Moreno looks to electronica and jazz to spice his confections, as on "Das Partes." From lulling ballads to tortuous lyrical melodies, he can tackle it all, culminating in a version of "I'm Wishing" (from Snow White) that's sung simultaneously in Portuguese and English. It may not cause the type of musical revolution his father fomented, but Music Typewriter announces the arrival of a genuine talent. --Chris Nickson

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Tom on March 2, 2001
Format: Audio CD
It may well be unfair to compare the son's work to the father's, but it is still hard to resist doing so. Caetano and Moreno Veloso share similar voices, though Moreno's is sweeter, higher-pitched and a bit less expressive, but only a bit. While the superstar father has his adventurous moments in terms of song structure, he seems to restrict his "outside" excursions to about one song per CD. Moreno is less obviously, but more consistently, adventurous, creating sinewy melodies, occasionally flecked with shards of dissonance, and sprinkling them with a wide range of unexpected instruments: toy piano, wind-bells, 3 string guitar, theremins, and "iron shovel", for instance. Moreno, however, is not yet as striking a song writer as his father, which is to be expected, though the son obviously possesses the sort of plaintive melodicism that seems to run in the family. Still, the song writing is solid, perhaps less immediately memorable and more fragmentary than the work of many of his immediate contemporaries, but the more one listens, the better the songs get. This is a pretty confident artist, adventurous and subtle, not trying to put every idea he ever had on his first CD, willing to stay low-key because that approach best complements these tunes. Like many of his father's albums, this CD establishes an atmosphere, one that colours and enhances subsequent listenings. Somewhat surprisingly for a debut album, the atmosphere is melancholic, though pleasantly so--a sort of rainy spring afternoon kind of vibe. Moreno has staked out his own territory, quietly and impressively. He is both his father's son and his own man. All things considered, this is a very fine first effort, a debut almost up there in the rarefied Bebel Gilberto stratosphere. If Bebel and Moreno (she deserves top-billing) ever did a North American tour together, Brazilian music might just suddenly develop a visibility in North American that it has lacked since the heydey of Bossa Nova.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 19, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Music Typewriter, in any genre, should be considered nothing less than amazing. It doesn't have the overproduced sound of so many records being put out these days. Instead, it is simple catchy melodies sung in a high, pure voice. If you are a fan of Caetano, Gilberto Gil, Joao Gilberto, you'll know that brazilian music is closely attached to elements of the earth. Some of the songs run under the guise of being boring, but with an understanding of where this music comes from, you'll be able to see the multi-layers of his songwriting skills. Songs like Sertao, Deusa Do Amor, Rio Longe, Para Xo, O Livro & O Beijo will keep you eagerly awaiting his next record.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pedro Nunes on June 4, 2002
Format: Audio CD
It is not easy to be a musician and to be able to pay your bills based on your music. Only a few are able to make this dream come true. It may be even harder to those that have their names linked in anyway to famous musicians.
Moreno, son of Caetano Veloso, is not afraid of comparison. Music Typewritter contains great music, in a totally different style from his father. Moreno + 3 is here to stay. You should listen to the album and see for yourself.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mariano Burstein on November 25, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is a great debut, an amazing CD that makes you travel from many moods within arround 60 minutes.
Moreno has a great (I mean great) voice, as sweet as his father's.
I had the chance to go to his concert in Buenos Aires and it was simply wonderfull.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "kvelez" on April 12, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I'll start off saying that there are exactly five songs on this album that I listen to with any regularity: "Eu Sou Melhor Que Você" (intelligent lyrics, very spare feel to the music), "Das Partes" (the Wurlitzer in the background and the general oddball feel make this lovely fun), "Arrivederci", "Rio Longe" (I rather like a bit of cheese factor in my entertaiment, and these two songs have it out the wazoo), and "Assim" (kind of bouncy, jazzy feel to this one). The rest ranges from utter Valium ("Sertão", "Esfinge") to just kind of uncomfortable-sounding ("Enquanto Isso"). Moreno is definitely not his father, though there are places where it's obvious that he's trying. In My Arrogant Opinion, he needs a while more (and a few more albums' worth of compositions under his belt) to really hone his skills and develop his own musical personality more.
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