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Clube Da Esquina

Milton Nascimento

Lô Borges

1972

Clube Da Esquina

Album Summary

Clube da Esquina is a 1972 double album by the Brazilian music artists collective Clube da Esquina, credited to Milton Nascimento and Lô Borges. Considered an important record in the history of Brazilian music, it features arrangements by Eumir Deodato and Wagner Tiso, and conductions by Paulo Moura. The album garnered attention for its engaged compositions and miscellany of sounds. Despite popular belief, the photo on the album cover does not depict Borges and Nascimento as children. It was taken by a member of the collective, Brazilian photographer Cafi (Carlos da Silva Assunção Filho), on the side of a road in the rural northern Rio de Janeiro state. Due to increased public interest in the album's 40th anniversary, a search for the two boys was conducted, successfully identifying them as Antonio Rimes and Antônio Carlos Rosa de Oliveira.

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Rating

3.12

Votes

4515

Genres

  • Rock
  • World
  • Jazz
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5

Rapaiz, bom demais isso daqui, dá pra chorar três dias com esse album, meu amigo.

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3

Never heard of Milton Nascimento nor Lô Borges nor this album. Genre: Música popular brasileira Very pleasant sounding. Nice experience. Almost bought this for $5.99 on iTunes, but they only offer the 15-track edition, excluding six songs from this double album. Am I missing something? Without a translation of the lyrics, it’s difficult to assess the artistry as a whole, but the sound is novel (at least to my ears). Some similarities to Sérgio Mendes, without the dramatic percussion of Brasil ‘66. On some tracks I felt frustrated not having a translation of the lyrics. Intricate chord structures, very nice progressions, avoiding the temptation to overdo; chiefly composed for voice and guitar. There are some tuning and pitch problems (serious on the orchestral backgrounds especially harsh-sounding on “Um Gosto da Sol”), and ‘buzzing’ on the acoustic guitar. But overall, the instrumentals are entrancing and satisfying, with great variety. Vocal quality is okay, a little too airy, weak on the Iberian ‘moorish’ fluctuations and trills, and lacking in both range and timbre. It’s satisfactory for a jazzy sound, but not stellar. Falsetto particularly weak. Recording technology not up to British or American standards of the time, but that’s to be expected. Is it me or does Portuguese lack a poetic sound? I wonder how these songs would sound in German. 😁😁 In sum, this is a good album, and I’m glad I was introduced to it. 3/5

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4

Beautifully vibrant album. Every track manages to twist and turn through several variations within 2-3 minutes while maintaining a core sound throughout the LP - it's immediately clear the influence this has had in Melody's Echo Chamber and other dream/psychic rock projects of the like. Amazing that this was recorded in 1972 as well, each instrument is layered so well in the mix it sounds modern as can be.

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5

If you liked this, check out the history of rock in Latin America documentary on Netflix. I’ve got a corresponding playlist on Spotify too. If you didnt like this, also check out that documentary and then maybe you will

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5

Partly of my hope with doing the 1001 albums was to find a hidden gem that I hadn't heard of before... I think this is one of them. From my first listen, I enjoyed it, no idea of the lyrics meaning, but felt really good. Musically it's a great mix: vibrant, pleasant, upbeat, dreamy and (in places) hauntingly beautiful.

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5

A 1972 'música popular brasileira' record that furthers post-bossa nova elements through its excessive panning production and midtempo expressions. The distinct tonal characteristics of the acoustic guitar and delicate vocals flow naturally throughout the entire record, providing vibrant cultural visualization through diverse compositions. Contributing majorly to popular Brazilian music, 'Clube de Esquina' shapes up to be a compelling contribution to MPB through organic presentation and easy listening.

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5

I've been listening to this album for a few days now trying to put into words what I feel when I hear it. The whole package is a very ambitious release by the duo. I love the mix of mild psychedelia with what I assume are some traditional sounds. I've read tat Brazilian music takes more of its influence from European and African sounds than what we attribute to a Latin American sound and I think I agree. This is one of those albums that I've seen on lists of albums worth checking out for a few years now but it wasn't until last week when I finally heard it for the first time. I've fallen in love with it. Even the short tracks that seem like they could be developed more seem right after a few listens. I'm not sure if I could pick a favorite yet, although lyrically (yes I looked up tranlations) I'd say it was O Trem Azel (The Blue Train). I will be listening to this a lot more in the future. I feel like I could keep exploring this for months and still discover more to love about it.

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5

Clube da Esquina is one of the masterpieces of brazilian music. An MPB classic, with nods to psycholdelic pop, rock and some experimental moments. The vocals by Milton Nascimento and Beto Guedes are the hightlights, specially because their voices are in contrast. When this double album opens with "Tudo Que Você Podia Ser" you already know that you are in for an incredible ride and that the artists involved are in the peak of their creativity. "Dos Cruces", "Me Deixa Em Paz" and "Nada Será Como Antes" are also worth noting.

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4

Really enjoying this album after my first listen. Some impressive musicianship, and this Latin-infused psychedelic, progressive blend is so interesting

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4

Shame on me for being Brazilian and never listen to this whole album. Sure, I know some songs but listen to them completely was a very nice experience. Sometimes Milton Nascimento makes me sleepy (mainly his new songs after "Clube da Esquina"), but this album is completely the opposite, it makes me fells with a lot of energy. I don't know if this list includes more Brazilian albums or even Brazilian artists, but this one was very pleasable

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4

I don’t know what he is saying, but I have no reason to doubt him. Can’t say I’ve heard anything quite like this, and I like it

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4

What an absolute joy. After the first 11 songs, I found myself thinking this was a candidate for the most surprising 5 on this list. But it turns out, the issue was there were still 10 more songs to go. This is probably just nit-picking, and we should probably evaluate double albums differently anyway. It just went a little too long. A few tracks reminded me of the theme song to "Chico and The Man", which is a compliment. There's elation to be found all over this album. This was made some 15 years before Paul Simon raped and pillaged from the genre to make Graceland. And somehow this sounds fresher and more alive.

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I enjoyed the beginning of this album, and it was even a possible 4 stars for me. But then by the end of the (very long) album it felt like the artist was just making noises at me. I want to justify giving this a 2 with the analogy of an artist painting a beautiful painting and then finger painting all over it with the remaining of the paint on their pallet.

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Was okay to start with, but then really began to grate

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¿Pero esto qué es?¿Me invento unas letras y me invento unas melodías y las uno, tenga ritmo o no?Un 1 en toda regla.

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5

I didn't envision giving full marks to a foreign language album, but my appreciation for this grew as I listened. He has the voice of an angel and switches genres competently and with ease. The lyrics I looked up were meaningful. One of the songs was banned in Brazil for being too revolutionary; when you listen to it, it sounds like a happy-go-lucky flower power tune. The contrast is super interesting to me. Best track: Paisagem da Janela

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5

This had many more different looks than I was expecting

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5

Loved it. The soul of the guitar was something special.

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5

Production: 16 Songwriting: 15 Innovation: 15 Bangers: 20 Emotional response: 18 =84 This was BLOODY GORGEOUS

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5

brasilian! and quite lovely :) work on the portuguese kid :)

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5

Had never heard this before but loved it! Sent me down a Brazilian music wormhole. Trem De Doido has an amazing guitar part.

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5

Lovely

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5

Something about music sung in Portuguese that just sounds different. The instruments, vocals, harmonies, and theme are on point here.

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5

Brazilian Spinetta ┏(・o・)┛♪┗ (・o・) ┓ pero también (⌣́_⌣̀) tudo bé

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5

Not heard or thought about this album for years, listening to it again made my day

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5

A hidden classic- well worth the time to revisit

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5

floats along very nicely indeed

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5

a lovely brazilian jazz fever dream. rich, mixed instrumentation and a surprise every track. a real box of chocolates.

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5

incredibly good what the hell

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5

Brilliant but needs a lot more listening

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5

Hermoso álbum. Creo que es lo que tengo que decir, disfruté todo y es quizá raro porque combina algo que uno pensaría al pensar en Brasil, pero al mismo tiempo no suena "local" solamente, no sé bien cómo explicarlo (CANCELADO). De todas formas, muy bonito. Entre mis favs: "Paisagem da Janela", "Trem De Doido" y "Nada será como antes" 9.5/10

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5

Este es el mejor disco que ha salido en esta lista hasta el momento.

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5

that was a really fun album with some beautiful compositions overall just a really beautiful experience I’ll give it an 9/10

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5

Buenísimo.

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5

This has to be one of the best unknown albums on this list. It's a double albums that needs to be a double and is not padded out by filler. I love the genre hopping between folk, psychedelia, exotica and even baroque pop. Superb in every department more people need to hear albums like this.

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5

Was not expecting this. Smooth, ecclectic, not hanging around. A new little joy that I'll be revisiting.

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5

je songe à déménager à Rio

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5

Really fantastic, ethereal and rocking at the same times occasionally.

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5

Great use of stereo in this one. Loved the production. Lots of cool uses of different instruments. All in all great album

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5

The cover of this album is remarkable. My interest was piqued immediately. What is it about Brazilian music that is so listenable? Is it the amazing percussion? The sound of Portuguese? Those rhythmic guitars? Maybe it’s all of that and more. This album had a lot of unique twists on the Brazilian sound and seemed to experiment quite a bit with styles and sounds that gave this great variety. It went in directions I didn’t expect. This is something I think I could have only discovered here. I love it!

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5

Captivatingly beautiful. Or beautifully captivating. Either way, beautiful and captivating. It's feeding my soul today. I love it.

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5

I didn’t know what to expect from this album but I loved it!

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5

Bonito disco.

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5

The production on this album is incredible. The vocals are clear and sound very close and intimate. The music itself is beautiful both melodically and harmonically. Chord structures are intricate and the songs themselves are suite like in their changes. In terms of genre, this album infuses jazz, classical, and western folk into Brazilian music to create something truly unique. This album pays tribute to earlier musical forms (like Bossa Nova) and weaves them into more contemporary styles to create a truly unique piece of baroque pop with tinges of psychedelia.

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5

This is really quite wonderful. Milton's voice soars beautifully, sometimes strangely, above this beguiling mix of surprisingly western music that is sprinkled with splashes of Latin flavour. It is different, yet familiar.

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5

With flubs, it feels live, musicians in the moment. Interesting and beautiful chord progressions and melodies Strange production choices.

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5

Probably my favorite album coming from Brazil

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5

Big fan of this one! Wasnt sure what to expect, but i recognized the album cover instantly and knew this one is highly regarded.. I love the singer-songwriter and traditional aspects of this record, but it also uas exceptional production, and feels cinematic at parts, which really surprised me. Will definitely listen again, and a few songs are going in to my regular rotation Faves: Todo o Que Voce Podia Ser Dos Cruces

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5

Hippie vibes

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5

Ég fann ég þurfti að hlusta tvisvar á þessa, og mun koma að aftur. Opnunarlagið er djöfulli gott, og lögin sem fylgja í kjölfarið mörg hve frábær. Góð grúv, óvenjuleg hljóðblöndun og fullt af óvæntum tvistum. Æði! Plötur eins og þessi eru það sem gerir þetta verkefni verðugt þess að sinna.

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5

Great album with great sadness.

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5

Loved this one, very diverse, from laid back to melancholic to even Beatle-esque and a real beautiful last song. Full 5!

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5

Good

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4

Nice and relaxing

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4

I enjoyed listening to this album a lot. It made me feel like everything is going To be ok. Kind of like a hug, but in Portuguese. Pairs well with peri peri chicken tenders and spicy rice

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4

This is so great. It relaxed the fuck out of me.

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4

try to run, try to hide RF: Classic/10

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4

I would listen to this again! I really enjoyed the variety and the beats.

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4

muy setentero

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4

Really enjoyed this album, good music to relax to.

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4

loved this album

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4

Playa

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4

Liked it. Couldn’t understand it, but I liked it. Probably more than the average joe.

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4

some interesting latin music. There were some slow points, and fluff, but a lot of quality 70s Brazilian jams

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4

Nice spanish music album. I thoroughtly enjoyed multiple melodies on this record.

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4

Не, нормальная тема. Вторая половина Um Girassol Da Cor Do Seu Cabelo - балдёж, для саундрека я бы спиздил куда-нибудь. Да и в целом почилить врубить - ваще самое то, там вон 21 трек целый. На Вики среди жанров Progressive rock указан, ну вот это же прям ваще-ваще не то, что мы вчерась слушали. Ничего мозги не ебёт, ничего не душит, тупо всё по кайфу.

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а ниче, прикольно. правда, к сожалению, не хватило времени для вдумчивого прослушивания, но дважды прогнал полностью за работой и практически постоянно выхватывал какие-то интересные моменты. вокал местами очень интересный, музыка бесхитростная, но свою функцию довольно чётко исполняет. и вообще это, конечно, больше альбом-настроение. здесь нет явно выделяющихся хитов (хотя я, например, для себя увидел мелодические параллели с некоторыми поп-песнями нашего времени), все наоборот звучит очень цельно и местами аморфно. стоит ли критически относиться к альбому, если это не просто сборник хороших песен? на мой взгляд нет - такие музыкальные полотна очень хорошо заходят под определённые ситуации и к ним возвращаешься нечасто, зато очень метко. вот за что стоит критиковать - так это за унылую песню с бабским вокалом, а также за тошнотворную пиано-балладу, подозрительно напоминающую лет ит би. ну и какого-то катарсиса в течение этого альбома я для себя не нашёл - нет ощущения живой динамики, нет мощной закрывашки. если вспоминать такие вот цельные альбомы (to be kind от swans, например), то в них зачастую есть ощущение направленности движения, которая в определённый момент достигает своего пика. но здесь концовка настала почти незаметно, поэтому, при общей благозвучности и экспериментальности альбома, больше 7 поставить не могу

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4

Groovy

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4

Brazillian prog rock fusion hits right

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4

Not something I imagined myself enjoying as much as I did. Very chill and relaxing listen.

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4

This album starts *so good*, and I am truly a sucker for Portuguese singing. This should have been an easy 5 stars for me! But the second half of this album drags SO HARD. It comes to a creeping, drudging close.

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4

Fantastic album, it deserves quiet attentive listening (not as simple background music). Ideal for winter (or is it summer?) afternoons at home (or on the beach). Milton's and Lo Borges seem to complement and feed off each other. Lo Borges' guitar work is great! Classical early 70's Brazil.

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4

A mix of styles, tempos and vibes, but still a cohesive piece. No idea about the lyrical content, but each song still manages to communicate a feeling, making it an engaging and enjoyable listen. 3.5/5.

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4

Spaanse muziek. Best leuk maar niet veel naar te luisteren

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4

Very peaceful

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4

Awesome! So funky and jazzy and smooth, and not something I'd normally listen to, but glad I've discovered

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4

I liked this way more than I thought I would. Great grooves and the guy can really play.

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4

Amazing

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4

A hybrid style that combined elements of sophisticated ballads, samba and jazz. And a really depressing albumcover. (7/10) Favourite Tracks: Me Deixe Em Paz

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4

4/5 Really nice, relaxed even though I don’t understand the spoken language

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Dwa egzotyczne picki w ciagu tygodnia, jakis blad w matrixie listowym, tym razem album z hameryki lacinskiej, bo clube de esquina, to material ktory nazwe zawdziecza od brazylisjkiego kolektywu o tej samej nazwie, jako wykonawce jest podany Milton Nascimento i Lô Borges w zaleznosci od wydania, bo akurat spotifajowa wersja na bogato przypisuje kazdemu danego traka, wiec da sie sprawdzic kto jest tworca danych trakow, gorzej tylko, ze ciezko o przetlumaczone liryki owych kawalkow, jedynie niektore piosenki sa tlumaczone w inny sposob niz guglowy, wiec ciezko mi pisac na temat kontentu lirycznego, a to chyba dosc wazny element w tego typu muzyce, a co do typu, skoro nowy kontynent na liscie, to nowy gatunek rowniez sie pojawil, mianowicie tajemnicze MPB, co mozna rozwinac do música popular brasileira, a owa zagadkowa nazwa kryje pod soba to z czego hameryczka poludniowa slynie najlardziej, wiec jest to gatunek wywodzacy sie z post bossa novy laczacy w sobie sambowe, baiaowe brzmienia i pewnie x innych regionalnych klimatow z zagranicznym brzmieniem jazzu, folka czy rocka, wiec o ile podstawa wiekszosci trakow bedzie brzmienie perkusyjne, to jednak gitarki juz w zaleznosci od traka zamiennie akustykowo elektryczne, jak to w jazzie pojawiaja sie takze sekcje hornowe czy smyczki, wiolonczele, no i pewnie x innych ktorych ciezko sie doszukac, bo jednak material jest potezny, bo 21 kawalkow i godzina z dwiema minutami muzyki, wiec podwojna plyta jak sie patrzy, a wcale nie wydaje sie przeciagana w zadna strone, moze to przez to ze lirycznie jedynie z 5 trakow przeczytalem, a reszta zostaje dla mnie tajemnica, tak samo jesli chodzi o wokal nie jestem w stanie stwierdzic ilu wokalistow przewija sie przez album, bo jednak jesli nie zna sie jezyka ciezko wylapuje sie roznice danych glosow, ale z pewnoscia conajmniej dwa wokale glowne i dodatkowe chorkowe zenskie glosy, tak czy inaczej nie da sie plycie odmowic autentycznosci brzmienia, bo jest to zupelnie cos nowego na liscie, jak i w mojej biblioteczce, ta szczerosc grania rekompensuje nawet niedociagniecia ktore mozna wylapac od strony miksingowej, dziwne jednokanalowe fragmenty, przejscia miedzy trakami, ktore w niektorych wypadakch potrafia trwac i z 10 sekund, co moze pozwala oddzielic jeden kawalek od drugiego, bijace troche przestry elektrykow w niektorych miejscach, no ale jest to plyta kolektywu prosto z brazylii lat 70, bo orginalne wydanie wypuszczono w 72, na plejke nie bede wrzucal pojedynczych kawalkow, bo nie mam plejki na portugalski kontent, ale cala plyta leci na spotifajowa poleczke

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4

An impressive spread of genres ranging from blues to psychedelic to folk, without ever really feeling unfocused. Loses me a little during the middle, but gains my attention back by the end. Favorite tracks: "Trem De Doido", "Lilia", "Un Girassol Da Cor Do Seu Cabelo"

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4

Enjoyable

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4

Really nice album.

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4

Great record. 90% sure Jim James was listening to this one at some point

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4

Enjoyed it, interesting shift in styles throughout. Some abrupt song endings which seemed unintentional

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4

Nice easy listening

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4

Nuvem Cigana got that lovely flute lmao reminds me of fake names on badana. Tonal shift between 6 and 7 I knew when we were on a new section. Wish I understood portuguese, but alas. Overall was a nice album with tons of influences it it from bossa nova/ samba music to some interesting rock guitars

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4

Different language, so there isn't any context for me, unfortunately. Very Nando's, Portuguese vibes.

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4

Very cinematic strings. The songs have the feel of 60s/70s American folk songs while having the unique melodies of bossa nova and other Brazilian genres. The Beatles influence, specifically Paul McCartney, can be heard throughout the album. One of the only things that takes away from it is that I can’t understand the lyrics. The instruments are really interesting.

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4

Different to the other brazillian albums i heard before.

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4

Very beautiful music, both instrumentals and vocals. It's quite a long album with a lot of tracks, yet all the tracks differ and you don't get bored. Very impressed with this. Not something I would ever listen to if it wasn't for this site, so im very thankful.

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4

Mint album, can't tell a word they're saying but still manages to tap into a universal spirit. Cluba de esquina no. 2 is a track of pure human yearning and trem de doido sounds like crazy horse. Mmm

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4

I wasn’t expecting that. I really liked it. Guess I have a thing for Brazilian music.

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4

Unique pop music from Brasil! It's lush with instrumentation, rhythmically groovy, sensationally beautiful vocals. Even during the slower parts, the warm acoustic strumming accompanies Portuguese lyrics that float around the air. Occasionally taking elements of psychedelic music, we hear phased guitars add another layer to the already vast landscape of music being produced here. Excellence.

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4

Starts super strong on the first track! This whole thing sounds fantastic on headphones too. However, over the course of its long, double-album duration, I end up liking about 1/2 of the tracks. I am partial towards the more upbeat and percussion heavy numbers from the first half of the album. Love the arrangements and creative structures. Would be 5 stars if they would've pared it down to a single album.

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4

Really enjoyed this, lots of excellent grooves.

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4

Note to self: listen to more Brazilian music! I had not heard this before and I was pleasantly surprised. A relaxing and soothing listen, though a little long, had me longing to listen to other Brazilian artists as well.

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4

Trop bien, mais les fadeouts de fin de morceaux ont failli me faire devienne fou, j'étais pas loin de mettre 3. Après je me suis dit, -2 ⭐ pour ça c'est violent quand même.

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4

Very cool album. Latin jazzy-y, but also feels like a Brazilian Nick Drake at times, even veering into sounds that reminded me of mainstream rock pop groups like the Beach Boys. Never heard of this artist but really dig the style. This was great music to play while building Ikea furniture. Favorite tracks: Tudo o Que Voce, O Trem Azul, Dos Cruces, San Vicente. Album art: Two boys sitting on the ground, one happy one very upset. Not sure what to make of it but it's pretty good. 4/5

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4

Qué agradable sujeto… Me gustó mucho el disco y mi pequeño 'pero' es que al final, siendo disco doble, es demasiado. Sin embargo, me encantó escuchar música brasileña que no sea simplemente samba para carnaval. Tudo O Que Você Podia Ser y O Trem Azul, rolas que incluso agrego a mi biblioteca.

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4

great album. one of my favorite world artists

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4

Enjoyable instrumentation and songwriting. The second half is particularly enjoyable.

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4

This was an album that was easy to listen to. I enjoyed the groove.

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4

I really enjoyed this collection from artists who got together and decided to try a lot of styles to see what Brazilian popular music in the 70s could be. The length allows for a lot of this freedom, and whenever there was something that wasn't my favorite, there was something immediately following that was my favorite.

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4

Wild Brazilian album. Many different influences come together to make a very unique experience of a Latin infused psychedelic folk rock sound.

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This Brazilian jazz/folk album became the soundtrack for my driving around the remote Western Irish countryside. It was a perfect match. I'm not usually a fan of this genre - I thought - but this was an eye (ear) opener - occasionally reminiscent of an early Chuck Mangione live album ("Friends and Love"). And not being much of a vocal fan in general the old time low-mix of vocals here is appropriate to appreciate the music; filled with unpredictable chord progressions, tempo changs and dynamic arrangements. Some of the guitar work fits alongside the early 70s progressive movement. Favourites are tracks 1 ("Tudo O Que Você Podia Ser") and 3 ("O Trem Azul") Not as big a fan of track 7 "Dos Cruces" - very Spanish feel which isn't my bag. As it turns out I'd only listened to about 2/3 of the album..? (Apple Music has a shorter version for some reason) but wow. It's long. In the end I'm glad I heard this, a bit mind-expanding and I will definitely listen again (next time with bonus tracks apparently ha). I steer heavily towards the more complex musical numbers and not so much to the overtly vocal/guitar ones, but it's a good ratio. This is excellent music, bottom line, and can be enjoyed as background or digested in headphones. 7/10 4 stars

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Really enjoyed this mixture of different styles, all with Latin roots. Great light and shade. Would listen again.

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This is stuff I would never listen to normally. Its different, slightly proggy and refreshing. The production is wonderfully naturalistic. A double album is perhaps too much. I will return to it.

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I really enjoyed this music from Brazil and would love to give this a listen again.

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So compelling!

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Well, I learned a little something about making assumptions today. With the cover and the title, my mind went straight to "Cuban jazz album". First, it wasn't Cuban but a Brazilian pair of artists I later learned. Also, get this, other parts of the world can have more than one genre of music! It's not jazz at all but a South American-style psychedelic rock album (with some jazzy elements at times maybe). Overall I liked the album, had some great sounds and riffs. It's quite lengthy, but nothing wrong with that and the songs themselves didn't overstay their welcome. Lastly, looking back at the cover art part of me wonders if this is the two artists as childhood friends. Not sure, and I don't want to go looking to find out but that will be what I believe it is.

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dette var faktisk sjukt bra

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Enjoyed this and it set me off for a day of listening to Brazillian pop. I kept catching glimpses of beatles and late sixties influence through a Latin lens. Definitely coming back to this.

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looks preachy but first song sounds nice. portuguese I think?

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Like all Brazilian music from this era, it's quite relaxing to listen to. 7/10.

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This is a hard one for me to rate as I am not really familiar with this style of music. Language was also a barrier and the times the album lost me is when I feel the lyrics would have carried the songs. It did sound amazing and had such a interesting blend of sounds

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Realmente é execução primorosa da música brasileira. Percebe-se a força da concepção do álbum.

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Why do Brazilian male vocalists always sound so sad? It must be the Portuguese influence. Maybe they're channeling Fado? The first song is lovely opener and there are a number of other songs that catch one's attention (Like Trem Azul, Girassol and the title track). I like the mix of styles - the occasional introduction of piano which is uncredited but I'll assume is Milton and the strings which at times sound Beatles-like. It's the sort of LP that grows on you. I only gave disc 2 one listen but I'll round up.

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I didn't understand most of the words, but the music was great.

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I don't speak Portuguese. My knowledge of Brazilian music is restricted to the Brazilian albums I've heard on this playlist. You can definitely find more insightful figures discussing this album than me. But the album does delight, and any hesitancy I have over it may be due to my ignorance. God, I sound sagacious. Anyway, from what I have gathered, Clube da Esquina is one of the standout works of música popular brasileira, a mid-60s amalgam of standard Brazilian genres (bossa nova, samba, that sort of thing) with the recently imported jazz and rock. This album embodies the eclecticism of MPB, an eclecticism which accounts for this being a double album: they had so much to include. This makes the listener worry that Clube Da Esquina may possess the basic double album faults of becoming sluggish or staying long enough to grow whiffy, but I would say it largely avoids such failings, proving itself a dense yet lucid and soulful artifact. I can't guarantee that every song will appeal, but the open-minded should find plenty to cheer. I pause over giving it five stars, solely because of my own inexperience with Brazilian music. This may deserve a firm five, but right now I am not the one to gauge that accurately. And one can envisage Quentin Tarantino using the the end of the song Um Girassol Da Cor De Seu Cabelo for a scene of an Indigenous woman splitting Andrew Jackson's skull repeatedly with a tomahawk; if such a scene occurs, the album will instantly fall beyond rescue as terminally uncool. By the by, this generator used to credit the album only to Milton Nascimento. Thanks to me pointing out his absence, the generator now lists Lo Borges as well. Just one of my little contributions to making the world a better place. (Actually, Clube da Esquina was the name of the collective that made the album, Nascimento and Borges being the specific members who received accreditation. And the D shouldn't be capitalised in the title. There's only so much I can do before I become annoying.)

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Intriguing. There’s some classic Brazilian goodness here but it’s clearly more than just a traditional samba/bossa nova album. A lot of styles are thrown together and some of the changeups in the middle of tracks are quite surprising. Double albums are always a bit overwhelming, and I feel like I’d get more out of some of the slower songs in particular if I understood the lyrics, but sometimes the beautiful melodies speak for themselves, like on ‘Ao Que Tai Nascer’. ‘Clube Da Esquina No 2’ also seems deeply familiar and evocative, but I genuinely don’t know if that’s just because I remember it from when I listened to the album a few hours ago… Overall, a lot to like. 3.5 stars.

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A fascinating album, that meanders through multiple genres yet somehow they always sound like themselves. At times it even reminded me of 17th-century opera (San Vincente). It's a shame I don't speak portugese!

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Lived this album. Varied yet stylistically consistent, it was engaging was from beginning to end

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7/10. All kinda blended together after a while, but ultimately pleasant

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What's good with this project is that I can broaden my horizons thanks to choices I would not necessarily make all by myself. I don't know enough about Brazilian music, but I know that I enjoy a lot what I'm hearing right now, and it's enough for me in certain genres. Some of the songs' finales are especially impressive. I was only vaguely aware of who arranger Eumir Deudato was before (through Björk), and it's nice to finally hear how fabulous he can be. As it's nice to discover Milton Nascimento and Ló Borges, two great songwriters with endearing voices and presence. I could go on and give details on the unmistakable seventies feel I sense out of this record. I could even try to compare it to the one of American and British rock classics of that same era (it seems the "international" influence is definitely there). But I won't. It's nice to stop the fake TED Talks once in a while and just smell the roses. Because they smell the same, whether in Brazil or Britain and the US. Number of albums left to review or just listen to: 837 Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory: 90 (including this one) Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: 40 Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more important: 34 (including this one)

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Didn't listen to this vey closely but I really liked what I heard.

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What a gem! Glad to have heard it! Beautiful voice, guitar, recording.

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Enjoyed it, good dinner/cooking music

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First listen. I love Brazilian tunes. Good album.

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funky stuff i enjoyed

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A refined album recorded by outstanding musicians. I loved the subtle and soulful mix of jazz, folk and Latin music, with a little psychedelic and bossa nova touch. I will come back to this album for sure, even if I found it a little long winded for something that is on the same mood all the way through.

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I was very surprised by how good this was! A great discovery that I will certainly return to often.

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Must revisit

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The sound of summer. Pass me a cocktail.

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Très bon album hététoclite! J'ai vraiment bien aimé, même s'il traine en longueur. J'ai cru comprendre que c'était un album collectif, ce qui explique sa durée et ses différentes influences! Par moments, ça sonnait comme du Sixto, ou du Simon & Garfunkel. Belle découverte!

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first listen lovely MPB

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Tudo o Que Você Podia Ser- this is very groovy, with great changes in song👍 Cais - almost wistful song, had weird stereo bit at the end O Trem Azul - this was really catchy👍 Saidas e Bandeiras n° 1- very lively interlude Nuvem Cigana - another lively song Cravo e canela - love backing vocals, again catchy👍 Dos cruces - I feel ballads are harder to get into without understanding the lyrics because much more stripped down instrumental. Gets enjoyably dramatic at the end. Um girassol da cor do seu cabelo - has a slower part, then a discordant interlude where after the music picks up speed and intensity very cool👍 I should remember to save, lost last few songs of first half paisagem de Janela -didn't really grab me, also very quick fadeout at end Me deixa em paz- very nice female vocalist on this one👍 Os povos- bit dull Saidas e Bandeiras n°2 - very similar to before Um Gosta del sol - quite long song with drawnout instrumental at end Pelo amor de Deus - this is v interesting and quite distorted👍 Lilia- mostly instrumental with frankly annoying whelping in the background Trem de Doido - nice electric guitar👍 Nada sera COMO antes - didn't grab me Ao Que Vai Nascer- again a bit laid back to start, then again livens up For a album where I can't understand the lyrics, this managed to retain my attention 4/5

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Opener was really good, can't understand the language, but the music speaks mine. Love the emotion shown by the lead singer and the emotion if the instruments in the first track. These emotions continue throughout the rest of the album, absolute joy to the ears that it has even an American sounding sound in general. Based off of that alone, I would give this album a 7.5-8.

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I don’t know what’s he’s saying, but it sounds pretty good. I like the overall tone of the music and the emotions in the vocals.

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Patchy but in place great. Nice to encounter something new from the list

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This isn’t music it’s art

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Ja ok. Brasiliansk popmusik med undertoner af Beatles.

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Had no idea what to expect from a MPB album, even though I've heard Milton Nascimento's name before. This was actually a really enjoyable listen. Loved the more upbeat tracks and samba rhythm. San Vicente probably my favourite track just for how interesting it is. Maybe it's just because it reminds me of some of the music in Narcos, but I had an odd thought that some of these would make cool background tracks to a Far Cry montage. Go figure.

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This album was good, but it didn't really stand out in any way to me. I think it would have benefited from being shorter 3/5

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Not bad, didn't know the language it was in so had to look that up on wikipedia

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Not bad. Might give it another listen.

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Fav Song: Tudo O Que Voce Podia Ser

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Songs kind of run together since I don't speak Portuguese, but it still is an interesting album.

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A classic in Brazilian music. More need to be explored.

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Si aguantó. Simplemente ameno.

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Si me gustó

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I've been really interested in Brazilian music as of late. This album starts off really well, but then it gets a bit "baroque". Don't know if I'll get back to it anytime soon.

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Got that earlier 70s sense of groove. Tudo O Que has my interest. Cravo E Canela is a good tune. Um Girassol Da Cor Do Seu Cabelo has this wacky break section in the middle of the song and comes back with authority. Side 3 sort of breezed by me. Side 4 has some really weird parts. I would say side 1 and maybe side 2 deserve a relisten.

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A nice listen. Not sure I'll listen again but a pleasant change to listen to something I'd never even heard of.

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"Você pega o trem azul, o Sol na cabeça O Sol pega o trem azul, você na cabeça O Sol na cabeça" (O trem azul) "Se eu cantar não chore não É só poesia" (Um girassol da cor do seu cabelo) "Porque se chamava moço Também se chamava estrada" (Clube da esquina n.2) Siempre contenta cuando me toca escuchar algo que no está en inglés.

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Some nice tunes and great guitar work, wouldn't re-listen really

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Quite refreshing!

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its ok

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Gutes Album aber so richtig weit vorbei an, dem was ich so höre!

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Grateful for more world music, one of the things I wanted out of doing this project. Bit too contemporary for me, couple of nice bits in there. 3.5

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Will listen soon

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Rich Spanish guitars, and a passionate voice. I wish I knew what the lyrics were. I enjoyed, but probably won't listen again.

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-"Cravo E Canela" was catchy -"Pelo Amor De Deus" sounds cool -Some cool guitar or synth on "Trem De Doido" -Overall very nice songs, just not really in my style

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Liked it even though I don’t speak much Spanish.

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A nice album that made me wish I could understand the lyrics to fully appreciate it.

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2,8 Aangezien ik er niets van versta is het vooral het gevoel dat je krijgt bij de nummers. Omdat je de tekst ook niet begrijpt ga je sneller af op de muziek, en kreeg ik er ook sneller een emotie bij. Andere sounds dan ik gewoon ben dus wel een leuk om te horen. Omdat ik er ook niet van verstond was het album wel wat lang voor me.

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There were some very good tracks in this album, smothered by the other 15. [Language barrier]

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First song a banger, latin summer vibes

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As a double album..... it's a committed listen but I enjoyed the Brazilian tinge to what was a pretty relaxing 90 minutes or so

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Esta interesante, algo tranquilo. Le doy 3 estrellas y mucho porque es el segundo disco latino que me toca en el listado

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Although I couldn't understand the lyrics. There were some catchy riffs in there.

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Nice brazilian music, beginning was much better imo

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Nice change of pace..I liked the variety of each song

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Awesome instrumentation, and abrupt mood shifts within one tune - something I haven't heard before in this kind of music. The guitar playing is great, with tasty chord voicings and sparing use of dissonance.

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Pleasant to listen to, dig the music. Vocals in Portuguese didn't bother me, after all, Rammstein is a favorite band of mine also and I don't understand German. Probably only a 3 just because I don't see me ever listening to this again.

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Not sure this is 1 of 1001 albums i needed to hear - still good though and better than several of the other albums i've had to run through here

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Not really my thing, but I enjoyed this a lot.

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I can dig this kind of music in moderation, but over an hour is a tough prospect, especially when there's a language barrier. Still, pleasant to listen to.

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The change in audio quality/tone when Cais changed over to largely piano REALLY threw me off for a second

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Never heard of this but interesting. The pop songs in particular.

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It was average. 3/5 stars.

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Correct. à réécouter, j'étais peut-être pas dans le mood. Probablement une bonne trame sonore pour une soirée tranquille.

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I was not expecting to like this much, but it was really good. As Márcio Borges so clearly stated, "Naturally, the critics were terrible. They didn't understand a bit of the inter-racial, international, interplanetary ecumenism proposed by the atemporal dissonances from Bituca." My thoughts exactly. 3 stars.

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5/10

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A lovely album with limited appeal. Moments of real beauty but I can't imagine a setting where I'd ever listen again.

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Hard to fully appreciate without understanding the language, but clearly full of emotion and an enjoyable listen.

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Jazzy Brazilian vibes all around, a really interesting album

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Pretty fun and interesting to hear another language style of music.

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Not really memorable at all, possibly because I didn't understand the lyrics but there were some nice guitar parts

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Not hugely into samba type stuff, but this had some magic moments… as ever with these things; I can’t particularly get on board with double albums. Self edit for gods sake!

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Not as fun as I was expecting

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Found this a good vibe

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Distintos aires brasileños y un poco de popurrí. Ni fu ni fa.

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Upbeat

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Good beats 3.5/5

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ecumenical, atemporal, dissonant! what more is there to say

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12/16/2021 Today's Album: "Clube Da Esquina" by Milton Nascimento - This album is really difficult to review as well. It is really excellently performed and written. I love all of the melodies and beats on all of these songs and they are all very charming, but being in some latin language, it get's pretty difficult to follow. I think I that is all I really have to say about this one. Score: 5/10 Great but I can no speak the language Highlights: all I guess?

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Cool tunes, wish I spoke Portuguese or whatever that was.

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Eh...it was fine. Not sure why I had to hear this before I die. Probably would help if I knew what they were saying, so I suppose I have an appreciation for how the 1001 albums thing can be challenging for non-English speakers. The music was good but nothing unique or special to me. Giving it a 3 because there was nothing wrong with it, but no more because I'm fine with never listening to it again.

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