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MUTANTES

Os Mutantes

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.92 | 53 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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3 stars This second album definitely holds more psyche sounds than their debut one which was very much Brazilian folk oriented. "Dia 36" is one example of this.

The band develops an original music full of complex arrangements but there is no sight of masterpieces here. It is of course difficult to judge such an old work so many years later (in those remote days, finding this type of recording was impossible in Belgium).

My feeling is that this album didn't age well at all. Weird sounds, some psychedelia combined with Brazilian fantasy are the essence of "Dois Mil e Um". Again, it is original (because of its origin) but can hardly be considered as a great track.

The whole album mixes these influences and even if the old-fashioned "Algo Mais" sounds funny, it doesn't move me. Of course, a song like "Fuga No 2" is a fine tune, full of these nice Brazilian rhythms that we all love and that make us dreaming about this wonderful country (which I am desperate to visit very soon, next month actually).

The cover version of an old Italian song is not bad either. "Tintarella Di Luna" is amazingly revisited with a fully disjointed approach. Surprising. But the childish "Rita Lee" might be funny, but again it doesn't speak to me at all.

It is obvious that the band listened considerably to Sgt. Pepper's. "Mgica" is probably the closest relation, but Lennon, Mc Cartney and Harrison were probably more inspired.Another fave of mine (with Fuga) is "Qualquer Bobagem" which features very good organ work and vocals la Daltrey (during My Ge Ge Generation, if you see what I mean). Pleasantly melodic.

This album is better than their debut one and I will upgrade it from average (five out of ten) to good because of its inventive arragements. A psychedelic Brazilian snapshot of the late sixties.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |

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