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Nearly 35 years after the advent of tropicalia, the Brazilian movement that fused native music and visuals with Anglo/psychedelic flavors, singer-songwriter Caetano Veloso continues his deep, playful experimentation. Noites do Norte ("Northern Nights") is a striking art-pop fusion whose intellectualism is often bound up with the beauty of its layered tones. Concerns from the country's national identity and ongoing racial crises--a theme that fed Veloso's 2000 soundtrack to Orfeu, an update of the Black Orpheus story--to early memories, broken hearts, and the artist's adoration of filmmaker Michelangelo Antonioni swim through a colorful aural canvas. But for all of Veloso's trademark verbal surprises (for one, the Antonioni tribute is sung in Italian), it's easy to believe his claim that initially "I did not think about the songs. I went to the studio looking for sounds." Whether juxtaposing a Milesian trumpet with lush reeds and strings ("Sou Seu Sabiá"), deploying screeching rock guitar ("Rock 'n' Raul," "Ia") and machine noises ("Cantiga de Boi") in the midst of acoustic sound, or contrasting a troupe of drummers with baroque strings over the discrete movements of the three-minute title track, Veloso fills the disc with so much music that it seems to suspend or expand the listener's sense of time: a rare trick from a rare trickster. --Rickey Wright

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 24, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B000059LXU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #471,770 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Carton on October 27, 2002
Format: Audio CD
It just doesn't get better than this. Some Caetano CD's have a song or two that you feel you can pass up. This is not one of those CD's. He goes in many different directions, from the title track, a poem recital set to a beautiful chord arrangement, to "Rock 'n Raul," a straightforward rocker like nothing you've heard from Caetano before, to "Meu Rio," an acoustic number reminiscent of the Caetano we've come to know and love. But what all the songs have in common is that they build into your psyche, making you want to hear them all every time you play the CD.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Charles Horton on May 27, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Surpassing brilliant. Superbly innovative, in both music & lyrics. My thought is why can't Veloso's contemporaries, Pop icons like Dylan, Simon, McCartney or John, release work on this level? None are even close to this guy. At 59, Veloso sounds 21 - passionate, sensual, humorous, risk taking, and thought provoking. Recorded in Rio de Janeiro, the production and overall sound is fantastic. This album is a rare glimpse into a mind of pure creativity. North Americans who don't know, should know about Caetano Veloso.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 4, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Has Caetano made a deal with the devil? How can he still get better? This is a hard record, I had to listen to it three or four times before I really liked it. But it was absolutely worth it. It is incredibly smart, sophisticated, clever, subtle, sad and ironic at the same time. Caetano faces the story of his own country, slavery and religion, but also music, love affairs, cinema, everything with great subtlety and poetry. The lyrics and the music are great, challenging, unexpected; his voice gets more and more intense with time. He is sure not to sleap on his laurels, like many of his colleagues do, whose laurels are not even at the same level as his. His courage and inspiration are not likely to fade soon and every new record of his is a great pleasure for music fans. Long live Caetano!
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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful By "aoleo" on October 11, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I was in my last year of high school when I first heard the song "Estrangeiro" (Foreigner) by Caetano Veloso. It was love at first sight (at first hearing, actually). Initially, I was struck by the power and uniqueness of its sounds. Later, the intelligence and sophistication of its lyrics inspired me. At that time, I was already a Caetano's fan. That song, though, made me start my Veloso's record collection and go to his concert for the first time.
The CD named after the song I fell in love with was the first of a great sequence of albums that Caetano released throughout almost a decade. Followed "Estrangeiro" (1989), among other album, the masterpieces "Circuladô" (1991), "Circuladô Vivo" (1992), "Fina Estampa" (1994), "Fina Estampa ao Vivo" and "Livro" (1997) - the last winning "best album of the year" in the Latin Grammy Award. I bought all of these records and went to all his concerts during the decade that followed. The sequence of good albums was so amazing that I started to believe that their author was infallible; that whatever he produced was unquestionably good. And I don't think I was alone; during the 90s Caetano became a national, maybe even international, unanimity.
Nevertheless, the CD "Prenda Minha" (1999) came to reinforce the Brazilian popular saying that declares that "all unanimity is dumb". The album is not that bad, but Caetano raised our standards to such a level that we always expect his works to near the perfection. Were this record signed by other artist, maybe, I wouldn't be as critic.
This album has actually a very good beginning. I love the sequence composed by the first four songs. The CD opens with a version of the tune "Jorge da Capadócia" by Jorge Ben.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Derrick A. Smith on February 1, 2001
Format: Audio CD
First off, to Amazon: It's "Zera a Reza", not "Zero a Zero", and it's "Ia", not "La." Thanks.
Moving on, this latest studio album from Caetano, the true follow-up to his Grammy-winning Livro, outflanks that disc in a number of ways. Veloso is not self-consciously resurrecting past successes as on Livro (keep in mind Livro - or Book - was a tie-in with his sprawling autobiography.) Noites do Norte takes Veloso out of himself, addressing such intellectual concerns as the race issue in Brazil (from different angles), Raul Seixas' obsession with the U.S.A. (on "Rock 'n' Raul", which may take a few listens...), and, er, mucous membranes. The baroque strings that adorned most of Livro's tracks have been replaced by smaller, more idiosyncratic, ensembles that often stress voice and percussion as in some of Veloso's mid-70s material; I'd love to see a return to the type of challenging arrangement Rogerio Duprat whipped up for him in the Tropicalia days, but his new music bridges the "gap between the erudite and the popular" pretty well regardless.
This is the first Veloso album in quite some time that could be called "sexy" (he's always known how to utilize the black music of his country to great effect) and be enjoyed for dancing or romancing, if you don't care to think about the lyrics; there's some real beauty here, and even though Veloso's voice reveals a new troublingly-wide vibrato at times, this is the work of a still-valid artist.
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