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With those two albums, and a third actually titled 'Brazilian Melt', I had a very good idea of what to expect. And this album hardly disappoints. IN fact the first song is absolutely perfect. "Ondina", sung in English, is simply beautiful to me. The guitar play is wonderful, effects add a nice layer of touch and the saxaphone adds a kind of foreboding in the music. I really enjoyed the song. Likewise I enjoyed "Pode Ficar", which I had herad on Brazilian Melt.Read more ›
Those just starting out are advised to begin with the earlier three records, each one a bit edgier than the one before it. Unless you're a hopelessly romantic Sonic Youth or Glenn Branca fan, in which case this might be the record you've waited for all your life.
this album is rooted in two worlds, the brazilian tropicalia music of the '60s (and Arto's youth) and the New York underground of the past two decades. the music is a wonderful synthesis of these influences; it is passionate and sensual, but with a subtly powerful backbone that is incredibly affecting. in many places the music almost sounds like electronica, except that it's played by real musicians with real instruments, and not by a computer, which lends it a wholly organic feel. the mostly supple mood is only strengthened in the moments when the noisey undercurrent threatens to break through, most notably in "the prize" and "prefeelings." while i've always been fascinated by arto's guitar playing, which is wholly otherworldly, but fleetingly glimpsed on this album, i would be remiss if i didn't also mention his equally superior talents as a singer, lyricist and songwriter. the vocals complement the music perfectly, and the abstract poeticism of the lyrics manage to simultaneously sound intelligently self-concious and emotionally arresting. every track on this album is a stunning. as an added bonus, the last song, the beautiful "e ai esueco," features the talents of members of blonde redhead, firmly cementing this albums place in my heart as not only one of the top ten albums of '99, but all time as well.
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For some reason, 'Mundo Civilizado' seems to be regarded as Lindsay's masterpiece, but I like this one a whole lot better, just because 'Mundo' has a lot of okay songs, while this... Read morePublished on September 29, 2011 by Justin F. Gaynor
You might think that the mix of post-punk and soft brazilian pop is for an aquired taste, but the rather alternative rhytmic universe is not what this album is about. Read morePublished on June 19, 2010 by C Nielsen
Generally agreeing with the other reviews posted, I'll add that this is just a totally cool disc - eye-catching packaging, and a beautiful, subtle vibe. Read morePublished on February 18, 2000