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Os Mutantes - O 'A' E O 'Z' CD (album) cover

O 'A' E O 'Z'

Os Mutantes

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.13 | 106 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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4 stars As I have indicated in my review of their previous album, in which the title track "Mutantes e Seus Cometas no Pais do Baurets" was a progressive epic of almost twelve minutes, this was really the link between their former style(s) and their true progressive birth.

This album is dramatically different to all their previous ones (for the best). Huge amount of keys are available. But the one which is shining a lot is the Hammond organ. The title track is an hymn to the early ELP-ish sounds, but not only. Fine guitar work and pleasant vocals (in Portuguese) do add a "Mutantes" touch to it. This might well be my favourite song of the band so far.

The band reverts to a heavier sound during "Rolling Stone(s)". But the song is a fine mix between heavy rock and truly prog music. The best part is the second instrumental one featuring some good guitar work; but the rhythmic section also plays an interesting role in here. Keys make me think of the great Cocker cover version for "Little Help For My Friends". A good track.

Compositions are on the longer side which is fine with me. Since they are very pleasant, it leaves the band experiment a bit more with their sounds, rhythm and inspiration. And even if the acoustic "Você Sabe" is one of the weakest of the album, it still sounds enjoyable and features some nice vocal harmonies.

The epic song of this album, "Hey Joe" has a complex structure and changes from theme several times. Passing through a lot of peaceful mood. In terms of vocals, I want to stress again the excellent job performed. The whole of this song is maybe too mellowish.

This is maybe the reproach one can address to this album. The atmosphere is almost similar since "Você Sabe" has started. "Uma Pessoa Só" breaks a bit this feeling and reverts to a more upbeat music. This song is pretty close to a YesSong but still has its own merit and originality (even if the bass is very much in the Squire sphere). Another good track (but there are no weak numbers here).

The closing song is a kaleidoscope of what is available on this album: great keys, well crafted vocals, sweet passages, rocking parts and fine guitar as well. A pleasant way to close actually.

If you like the Italian symphonic genre, chances are high that you will like this record as well. This is by far the best album of the band up to this release. Their first progressive effort and I am more than happy to have listened to this very good work. Four stars. "Os Mutantes" succeeded in their mutation...

ZowieZiggy | 4/5 |

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