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Caetano Veloso

Caetano Veloso

1968

Caetano Veloso
Album Summary

Caetano Veloso is the debut solo album by the artist of the same name, released in Brazil in 1968. He had released Domingo the year before in collaboration with Gal Costa. It was one of the first Tropicália efforts, and features arrangements by Júlio Medaglia, Damiano Cozzella, and Sandino Hohagen, as well as an eclectic assortment of influences, demonstrating the "antropofagia" (artistic cannibalism) of the Tropicália movement. Sounds from psychedelia, rock, pop, Indian music, bossa nova, Bahian music and other genres appear on the album. It includes the hit songs "Alegria, Alegria", "Tropicália", and "Soy loco por ti, América".

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Genres

  • Psychedelic Rock
  • Samba

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Fri Jun 18 2021
4

Maybe the best cover art in history? Guy looks like a serial murderer but his music is lovely.

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Mon Sep 13 2021
3

Cet album bresilien me rapelle une anecdote vécue avec mon camarade d'écoute robinho, que je vais vous énoncer ci-dessous. Alors que nous entrions dans notre année de terminale, nous nous dirigions vers un bar bien réputé de l'agglomération bordelaise en une belle soirée de samedi soir. A peine le pas de la porte franchi, un chaudron de whisky nous était directement déposé dans les mains par le célèbre duo des Nicos. Jusque là rien d'anormal. Mais c'est alors qu'après quelques verres, rob commença, le nez un peu rouge, à me montrer une femme assise au bar. Il la trouvait magnifique, un qualificatif que je ne lui aurais pas trouvé, mais rob n'étant lui-même pas gâté par la nature, je compris rapidement que robinho devait s'attaquer à des femmes d'un standing inférieur. Soudain, rob se leva, et alla à la rencontre de la jeune femme. Ils se mirent à discuter un peu, quand tout d'un coup, le barman changea du tout au tout l'ambiance sonore, et lança une playlist de musique bresilienne. Rob devint alors tout bonnement intenable. Il laissa aller ses pas de danse, tentant d'impressionner la galerie. Ses Vans trouées frappait le sol, tandis que ses mains volaient de haut en bas. Etrangement, la cible féminine de rob était semble t'il assez impressionée, alors que le reste du bar n'osait regarder dans la direction de rob. Seulement, rob commit un erreur dans son processus de seduction. La vessie contractée par une danse si intense, il dut se rendre rapidement au toilettes, laissant la jeune femme seule. C'est la que j'entre en scène. Vous connaissez notre rivalité légendaire avec rob, et cette rivalité ne me permettait pas de le laisser rentrer accompagné ce soir. Je me levais donc, m'approchait de la jeune femme, et lui laissait un petit papier chiffoné dans la main, lui demandant de l'ouvrir à l'abri des regards indiscrets. La jeune femme s'exécuta, et quitta le bar en trombe avant que rob ne revienne de son arrêt au stand. Totalement abasourdi et déçu à son retour, rob préfera écourter la soirée et quitter lui aussi les lieux dans la foulée. Alors maintenant, vous vous demandez certainement ce que j'ai griffonné sur ce bout de papier pour inverser la situation de la sorte. Et bien cela se résume en quelques mots, cinq pour être précis: "Rob est fan des Crusaders"

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Wed May 05 2021
4

Groovy as hell! Not something I’d seek out on my own, glad to have listened!

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Mon Sep 13 2021
3

Robert Dimery, dont j'ai récemment intégré le cercle des amis proches et dont j'ambitionne à moyen terme de parasiter le cercle familial, nous sert depuis bientôt 170 jours une liste longue comme le cul, n'ayons pas peur des mots, de groupes de rock'n'roll. Mais voilà que de temps à autre, celui-ci nous propose des albums d'autres genres musicaux comme celui de ce baragouineur brésilien dont il a probablement découvert l'existence au moment de l'ajouter à sa liste. L'objectif de cette mascarade est évidemment diplomatique et politique. Vous trouverez la suite de mon argumentation sous le prochain album de Ray Charles.

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Sun Dec 12 2021
5

Very cool album. Reminds me of Fela Kuti, because both musicians created fun, vibrant, energetic music which still had enough cultural clout to get them arrested by an oppressive regime. Veloso's sound is recognisably Brazilian (even to me who knows little about Brazil), but mixed with diverse strains of pop and psychedelia. It sounds fresh and crisp and lively, even when your average 1960s psych record now smells like mothballs. Vocals are effortlessly cool. The lyrics glide over me, since I don't understand a word of Portugese - but it's an enjoyable language to listen to. I've listened to this 4 or 5 times and have no complaints at all. 5*

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Wed Dec 16 2020
5

Maravilhoso, marcante e importantíssimo culturalmente na história do Brasil

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Fri Jan 07 2022
4

This was enjoyable. Although I did not understand what he was saying, I really liked this album. Some parts of this remind me of The Zombies' Oddesy and Oracle.

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Thu Feb 17 2022
1

Tropicalia was a Brazilian artistic movement that arose in the 1960s, characterized by the influences of both traditional and avant-garde music. This particular LP is one of the very first of this genre, and attempts the union of an eclectic assortment of instruments- imagine a psychedelic fuzz tone electric guitar, a pandeiro, and a French horn, with some whistles, rattles, and a church pipe organ thrown in for good measure- demonstrating the antropofagia, or ‘artistic cannibalism’ of the Tropicalia movement. As the vocals were all in Portuguese, I had to make use of a translation app, and to the best of my ability (and the apps) I believe Senor Veloso was mostly describing and celebrating Brazilian society, and even adding America to the fiesta on track number 10, ‘Soy Loco Por Ti, America (I’m crazy for you, America).’ Lyrically, Caetano is quite poetic. Tender, at times. Musically, however, it was a big mess, like a bowl of caruru. His vocals were ok, and some of the songs worked better than others: ‘Clarice,’ for example, was an interesting and clever composition, seemingly a successful attempt at antropofagia. Same with ‘Algeria, Algeria,’ the big hit of the LP, which Veloso compares to the Rolling Stones’ even bigger hit, ‘Satisfaction.’ I believe that the comparison was intended to be one of popularity and sales rather than sound. The aforementioned ‘Soy Loco Por Ti, America’ was the most traditional Brazilian sounding number, and was frankly a relief following the several before, like track number 6, ‘Anunciacao.’ I’m going to assume Veloso is a Catholic Christian, but ‘Anunciacao’ was most certainly not a reference to Mary and Jesus. I’m not entirely sure who or what he was referencing. The second to last track, ‘Ave Maria,’ actually was the ‘Ave Maria’ lyrics you know and love, but was unfortunately offered in an awful ‘praise and worship’ ala Brazil style. And for some bizarre reason, the vocals reminded me of the Cuban, Ricky Ricardo. I love Lucy. Ricky, not so much. The very last track, ‘Eles (They),’ began with a sitar, and badly played. The sitar is not just another stringed instrument but is considered among Indians to be used in worship and meditation. I’m giving the Beatles a pass because they’re my favorite band, as well as George Harrison’s love and appreciation for Ravi Shankar and all things Hindu. But most of the other 60s-70s classic rock bands unknowingly misused the sitar spirit when they worked it into their own compositions. And ‘Eles’ concluded with, again, some psychedelic guitar. P.S.A: The ingestion of hallucinogens before listening to Caetano Veloso would be ill advised. Then again, I was as sober as judge when I heard it and I still had a bit of a bummer trip. It took an extended thirty minute live jam of the Grateful Dead’s ‘Dark Star’ to get back to a nice head space. Well, at least Caetano got the LP cover art right. If that ain’t the 1960s I don’t know what is. In closing, I wonder: is artistic cannibalism a sustainable art form? Ultimately, wouldn’t it end with one bloated figure- like the Monty Python sketch where the waiter pleads with the morbidly obese gentleman to finish his meal with just one thin dinner mint? Spoiler alert: He explodes all over the restaurant. One of most disgustingly funniest things I have ever seen. For me, Caetano Veloso, was one thin dinner mint that I do not with wish to partake again. Obrigado Deus, I still seem to be intact. En nao gosto disso.

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Mon Jan 24 2022
4

Genre: Tropicália 4/5 Caetano Veloso, the album and the artist, serves as a wonderful introduction for the genre/Brazilian art movement, Tropicália. Brazilian musicians took their love of psychedelic rock, baroque pop, and leftist politics, and slammed it all into one. The end product is a beautiful pop rock sound, with ample space for experimentation. This album itself is clean as a whistle. Recordings outside of the US/UK generally mix their vocals much louder than the backing track, and that's certainly the case here. However, that doesn't take away from the quality of the arrangements, the groovy South American rhythmic influences, and Mr. Veloso's lovely singing voice. I don't understand a lick of Portugese, but that doesn't stop this from being a very enjoyable listening experience.

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Thu Mar 03 2022
5

é bom mas gerou o jovem místico no brasil

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Fri Oct 07 2022
5

why does South American music fuck so hard? this stuff’s amazing! 10/10

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Thu Sep 07 2023
5

The futuristic sound of the 60's, and of psychedelic latin america, is my jam.

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Thu Sep 28 2023
5

A beautiful album of Brazilian psychedelic rock. Never thought it would be a favorite

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Wed Jun 30 2021
4

Hinsichtlich der Liste stellt sich ja bei mir eine gewisse Desillusion ein, und dann kommt - sowas! DAS sollte man wirklich vor seinem Ableben gehört haben.

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Wed Feb 10 2021
4

Joyful and colourful. Has some proto-ambient vibes in it's "sounds-of-the-rainforest" textures. Shades of some of my favourite sixties pop.

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Fri Mar 25 2022
4

Beautiful kitchen music. No better way to incorporate some love into your Bolognese than to do a little salsa dance while stirring.

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Sun Apr 10 2022
4

Easy listening, tropical meets 60s rock vibes. It could easily be used for movie soundtracks. Enjoyable and relaxing, even if I don’t fully understand Portuguese.

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Fri May 13 2022
4

This album was surprising. I was expecting more straight bossa nova, but this album expertly incorporates aspects of Brazilian music into mor popular western forms to create something lush, beautiful, and something that knows exactly what it is. I read that Caetano Veloso thought this album was poorly executed, but I strongly disagree.

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Fri May 27 2022
4

Though I prefer the more manic and experimental Os Mutantes when it comes to Tropicalia, I am sucker for nearly any 60s psychedelia - especially when it incorporates so many influences. Giro.

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Fri Feb 02 2024
3

Smooth listening and quite tropical.

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Thu Jul 22 2021
5

Encantado de que la máquina me haya hecho escucharlo.

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Thu May 13 2021
5

- elements of bossa nova which I really enjoy - psychedelic rock opener - traditional instruments/drums

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Thu Apr 07 2022
5

I was really into this today

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Thu Apr 07 2022
5

Idk what he's saying but I like it

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Wed Mar 08 2023
5

Ronaldinho Soccer PREFS : TOUT MOINS PREF : RIEN

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Mon Jul 24 2023
5

I don't have all of the context of where this stands in the Tropicália world, but I am reading this is one of the first Tropicália records, so I'm guessing it's very important. All of that aside, this is just a great record. Everything you'd want and expect in a classic Tropicália record.

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Thu Oct 05 2023
5

Quite exotic to my ears. Veloso's voice is perfect for this style. Alegria, Alegria is a masterpiece.

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Thu Nov 02 2023
5

This was a surprise 5 out of 5 for me. I had never heard of this album or "Tropicália" but hey - I really like it! A mix of classic Brazilian jazzy/folk sounds with psychedelic influences. It is enjoyable to listen to and full of surprises. I have no idea what the lyrics reference but I understand from the description that it's politically edgy? I can't speak to that of course, but what a fun new discovery. I will definitely add this to my listen list.

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Sun Nov 12 2023
5

Caetano Veloso's self-titled debut album, released in 1968, is considered one of the most revolutionary albums of the 1960s . The album is the opening salvo of Tropicália, a movement that announced the arrival of the greatest Brazilian talent since João Gilberto and launched a fifty-year career that’s not only changed Brazilian music but American music as well, from Talking Heads to Beck to No Wave legend Arto Lindsay and Animal Collective . The album is a unique blend of Brazilian rhythms, psychedelic rock, and avant-garde experimentation . The lyrics are poetic, surrealistic, and politically charged, reflecting the complicated political growing pains of an allegedly post-colonial world . The album features Veloso's soothing voice, which effortlessly glides through the melody, evoking nostalgic feelings in listeners . The sound and atmosphere are very quiet and intimate, and most of the time Veloso's vocals are only backed by his own acoustic guitar playing . The album is finely tuned and further helped by the excellent production by Caetano's son Moreno and Pedro Sá . The album is a must-hear for all music lovers, aficionados, and jazz snobs . The review can focus on all aspects of the album, including lyrics, music production, vocal performance, and influence on Brazilian music. Pros: The album is a unique blend of Brazilian rhythms, psychedelic rock, and avant-garde experimentation. Veloso's soothing voice effortlessly glides through the melody, evoking nostalgic feelings in listeners. The sound and atmosphere are very quiet and intimate, and most of the time Veloso's vocals are only backed by his own acoustic guitar playing. The lyrics are poetic, surrealistic, and politically charged, reflecting the complicated political growing pains of an allegedly post-colonial world. The album is finely tuned and further helped by the excellent production by Caetano's son Moreno and Pedro Sá. The album is considered one of the most important and influential Brazilian albums of all time, and it launched a fifty-year career that’s not only changed Brazilian music but American music as well, from Talking Heads to Beck to No Wave legend Arto Lindsay and Animal Collective. Cons: None found.

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Thu Dec 07 2023
5

This album was an awesome blend of styles with a unique Brazilian twist. So cool!

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Mon Jan 01 2024
5

Totally killer. This album is all over the place in the best kind of way.

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Fri Jan 05 2024
5

What a great record. Very laidback but also so smooth. I listened to it almost three times in a row.

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Mon Jan 15 2024
5

The name Tropicalia comes from the intro track on this record, which in turn was only a temporary name when someone suggested it after comparing the lyrics to some tropical-themed interactive art exhibit. It's a beautiful and whimsical album, with baroque pop vocals on top of a rich lush orchestral backing (often loud and triumphant), reminding me of the psychedelic pop work of the Zombies or early Pink Floyd. The vocals feel restrained but expressive and confident, giving off mysterious and romantic vibes. The instrumental backing takes from various genres, such as bossa nova in "Onde Andaras", or samba in "Superbacana", but overall is just groovy and happy, inciting the audience to move along. I'm a fan of all the tracks. A very short record, most songs feel complete despite most of them falling under 3 minutes. At 35 minutes, it does fly by and was a very easy listen. A few weak ones in the second half, but they also have something cool about each of them.

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Fri Jan 19 2024
5

Loved this! Will listen to more. Great background music

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Mon Jan 22 2024
5

Great psych tropicalia. I love the arrangements. Especially the strings on Clarice.

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Wed Jan 24 2024
5

I learned a new genre today!

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Mon Mar 11 2024
5

Fantastic. I had never heard of this artist, but I listened to this three times in a row. Great sounds, great rhythms.

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Fri Apr 12 2024
5

It's not the best in Caetano's history, but it's one of the best in Tropicália!

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Fri Apr 12 2024
5

What a fantastic , amazing , Brazil Psych album , I love IT !!!!

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Sat May 18 2024
5

Delightful surprises abound!

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Sat May 18 2024
5

I enjoyed this one more and more the more I listened to it. I love the variety of instruments and styles. It also could be my favorite album cover ever.

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Thu Jun 20 2024
5

Came for the crazy album cover art, stayed for the grooves.

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Wed Dec 16 2020
4

Álbum com letras e instrumental muito interessante. Descoberta de música brasileira do ano, junto com Jorge Ben

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Mon Jan 25 2021
4

Cool album. Very of its time 60s vibe. Also really interesting back story, seems culturally important

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Fri Jun 18 2021
4

It's a nice beginning for the Tropicália movement, although I'm not a fan of all the songs included in the album

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Mon May 10 2021
4

Nice but of tropicala I never knew about

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Thu Jun 03 2021
4

A really pleasant and wonderful little album. 8.0/10

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Fri Jul 02 2021
4

This was absolutely a pleasant surprise. Much obliged for having it on the list.

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Mon May 17 2021
4

Fantastic tropicalia. Love it.

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Thu May 13 2021
4

Nice Latin music. Good for chilling.

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Fri Jul 09 2021
4

Wonderful mix of bossa nova and 1970s pop. Amazing this album was only at the start of his career!

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Sat Jul 24 2021
4

Cool sounds and influences across a large spectrum.

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Tue Jul 27 2021
4

Actually very enjoyable, will give this artist/genre more listens. It seems like 90% of the list is north american/western european music but whenever we get something different (African/South American etc) its excellent. Some more cultural variety would probably have benefitted this list

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Sun Aug 15 2021
4

Fun Brazilian "tropical" music. Pretty good stuff.

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Thu Oct 14 2021
4

7/10. I liked this, didn't blow my mind or anything though.

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Thu Oct 14 2021
4

Really groovy. Not too long, would definitely relisten. Strong 8

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Mon Dec 06 2021
4

Un clàssic del tropicalisme, el disc que ho va encetar. No és de fàcil escolta, ritmes complexes i arranjaments barrocs amb un munt d'instrumentació fent laberints sonors en cançons poc habituals a l'època. És un disc històric, però, digne del seu estatus

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Fri Dec 31 2021
4

very fun. portuguese is such a beautiful language.

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Fri Jan 14 2022
4

Not necessarily for me but hard to disagree that it's good

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Wed Feb 16 2022
4

Quite like it. Fancy bands with a lot of instruments or a lot of tech in composing music an go pretty far these days but a classic one man and a microphone still do quite well in my book, regardless the language.

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Thu Mar 03 2022
4

esse é um clássico caso do "dá p separar o artista da obra?" f

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Wed Mar 16 2022
4

The lyrics are the result of a request by Caetano to his companions Gil and Capinam to make a composition containing a tribute to Che Guevara who, as the country was still living under the dictatorship, had his name replaced also at Caetano's suggestion, by the phrase "el nombre del hombre muerto"; Caetano also points out that, even without being aware of it, they wrote the lyrics in Portuguese, already enshrining in the title an error that became patent when singer Celia Cruz (who initially refused to record the song when she learned that it was honoring the former Argentine guerrilla) when he came to Brazil he changed the expression to the correct form: "Estoy loco por ti America".[1] The artist declared: "Capinam has made a wonderful thing out of a wish of mine".[1] It is one of the most representative songs of Tropicalismo.[2]

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Fri May 27 2022
4

I like this, it feels different from anything I'm used to. Gave it a couple listens and I think I'm into it.

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Thu Jul 07 2022
4

Very dang cool Brazilian psych-y album. Short and sweet too 👍

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Wed Jul 20 2022
4

As someone already said, great cooking music and perfect for the hot weather.

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Sun Sep 25 2022
4

Cool mix of Latin American music and 60s psychedelic garage rock, quite Hendrixy as well

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Thu Sep 29 2022
4

fun and groovy record! fave tracks: tropicalia, alegria, alegria, onde andaras, superbacana, soy loco por ti america

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Thu Sep 29 2022
4

A lot of really cool sound design and mixing, really enjoyed this for not understanding a bit of it

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Thu Sep 29 2022
4

It was awesome but a little uneven

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Thu Sep 29 2022
4

Very much unlike what I usually listen to, but very interesting nevertheless. I like the fact that he threw in an Ave Maria as well. Certainly enjoyable to listen to.

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Fri Sep 30 2022
4

Tropicalismo brasileño. Me gusta. Un 4.

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Thu Oct 13 2022
4

I had never heard of tropicália before this album. This album is awesome. 4 stars.

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Wed Oct 26 2022
4

this shits gorgeous bro - maybe i’m j romanticizing the portuguese but Clarice and anunciciao and soy loco are beautiful i love this album and the vibe it creates low 4

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Fri Nov 18 2022
4

This was a hard album to find. It seems that Caetano Veloso has several completely different self titled albums, and this particular one wasn’t on Apple Music. YouTube to the rescue! Songs I already knew: none Favourites: Tropicália, Onde Andaras, Soy Loco Por Ti America Firstly, to address the elephant in the room, the majority of these lyrics went right over my head. I don’t speak Portuguese. I could pick up some bits from the Spanish I know, but I’m really not going to attempt some dissection of the lyrics! Musically, this was very interesting. It had some obvious bossa nova influence, but without really being bossa nova. I’d consider it to be psychedelic jazz with a Spanish flair (I know Spanish is a different language, but the music itself sounded Spanishy). Overall, I did quite enjoy this. It’s definitely not going to appeal to everyone, but as for me… me gusta.

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Fri Nov 18 2022
4

Belle surprise, j’ai aimé la voix, j’ai aimé les mélodies. Vers la fin, je trouvais qu’on avait fait le tour, mais dans l’ensemble très agréable

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Wed Nov 30 2022
4

I listened to the 80’s one first and it was okay, but I was a little bored by the end. The 60’s one I really liked! Some really cool songwriting and arrangements. I like the vibe of the whole album and I would definitely listen again

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