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Criolo's Nó Na Orelha (''Knot in the Ear'') is one of the most lauded Brazilian albums in years. The Brazilian edition of Rolling Stone named it Album of the Year and chose the track Não Existe o Amor em SP (''Love Doesn't Exist in São Paulo'') as Song of the Year. This year Criolo won MTV Brasil awards for Best Album, Best Song and Best New Artist. At the televised award ceremony the great Caetano Veloso, declaring Criolo ''possibly the most important figure on the Brazilian pop scene,'' joined the younger man for a heartfelt duet.

The Best New Artist recognition was a bit late in coming. Criolo was 36 when he received it, and he'd been performing in the favelas and inner city of São Paulo for over 20 years. He'd been writing rhymes and songs even longer. Having grown up in a mud-floored shack on the rough outskirts of this ultramodern mega-city of 11 million inhabitants, Criolo (whose given name is Kieber Gomes) had found in music - especially hip-hop - the means both to express his rage at the poverty and crime around him and to rise from his disadvantaged origins. He became a leader of São Paulo's hip-hop underground and co-founder of a cultural center that drew DJs, MCs and fans from all over the city to its weekly freestyle rap throw-downs. He released his debut album in 2006. But Nó Na Orelha is definitely his breakthrough achievement, thrusting him, seemingly overnight, from the underground to national stardom and now international attention.

He's come a long way from his musical base, too. The styles displayed in Nó Na Orelha range from hip-hop to samba, tropicalia, afrobeat and reggae, and Criolo proves himself to be an affecting singer as well as a skilled rapper. His subjects are also varied, and his poetic take on them reveals an incisive intelligence and encompassing conscience. As Caetano Veloso says, ''From his direct and enigmatic verses emerges a political discourse that seems intimately personal.''

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Brazilian future superstar justifies the hype. --Mojo

Favela star boldly goes where hip-hop's rarely gone before. FIVE STARS. --Songlines

The album is, by turns, angry and tender, urgent and chilled, tough and vulnerable. It is unusually diverse, but perfectly cohesive, and bliss from start to finish. --All About Jazz

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 1, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sterns Brasil
  • ASIN: B0086L6O4G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,160 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nse Ette TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 4, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Tracklist for this album is as follows:

01. Bogotá
02. Subirusdoistiozin
03. Não Existe Amor Em SP
04. Mariô
05. Freguês da Meia Noite
06. Grajauex
07. Samba Sambei
08. Sucrilhos
09. Lion Man
10. Linha de Frente

Criolo is a 36-year-old São Paolo rapper/singer, and "Nó na Orelha" (Knot In The Ear) is his sophomore disc displaying a diverse array of styles while still managing to sound cohesive. Opening cut "Bogotá" is Afrobeat, Fela Kuti-style. "Subirusdoistiozin" is Jazz (with smatterings of sax and piano), "Não Existe Amor Em SP" (There's no love in São Paolo) is a lovely string-swathed Trip Hop-ish ballad with sprinklings of horn and electric guitar, while "Mariô" is languid Hip Hop with a Brazilian feel and a Samba breakdown. His rapping sounds like spoken word.

Every track stands out really; "Freguês da Meia Noite" is an atmospheric ballad, "Grajauex" is Hip Hop, "Samba Sambei" is horn-peppered Roots Reggae, the groovy mid tempo "Sucrilhos" is Hip Hop with a touch of Dub, as is the similar "Lion Man" (which despite the title is done in Portuguese, like every other song, and features a sample from Ethiopian singer Tlahoun Gèssèssè's haunting "Sèlamtaye Yedrès" ). "Linha de Frente" closes the album and is a melodic ballad with guitars, gentle lilting percussion and darting horns. An absolute charmer, as is the album.
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I loved this compilation, with its varied rhythms and thought-provoking lyrics. I recommend it to anyone who knows Brazilian music and wants to hear a new contemporary voice.
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By Geoffrey Reid on September 30, 2014
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Great CD at bargain price.
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