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LAR DE MARAVILHAS

Casa Das Máquinas

 

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CCVP
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4 stars A painfully underrated quintessential album of brazilian progressive rock (with hippie thematics)

At their second album, the band Casa das Máquinas dropped almost completely the hard rock (almost because the second to last song is a hard rock song) and went to explore the experimental and psychedelic side of music that was blossoming in the 70's (specially the mid 70's here in Brazil), probably influenced by Os Mutantes and O Terço. Besides Lar das Maravilhas being a good album, it never received all the attention it should, and that is probably because the brazilian prog giants released their albums in the same year (or almost in the same year) as Casa das Máquinas released Lar das Maravilhas: O Terço released Criaturas da Noite (their so called magnum opus), Os Mutantes released Tudo foi Feito pelo Sol and Terreno Baldio released their debut, also entitled Terreno Baldio.

In this album, as i said before, they went for a more experimental and psychedelic approach, concerning their music. However, at least here in Brazil, the psychedelic stuff had a big deal of hippie influence. That can be seen on almost all of Os Mutantes albums and in this whole album, except the song Epidemia de Rock.

About the songs, musicianship and other features there are some thing i would like to state:

Casa das Máquinas don't show us any sign of extraordinary musicianship in any part of the album. However, the songs don't require any kind of extraordinary musicianship because their most important feature is the feeling. In fact, i can see (or listen, i don't know) here many influences from prog giants like Supertramp, Yes, Os Mutantes (mainly lyric-wise) and Pink Floyd (mainly music-wise). Also, this band is only at PA because of this album and i don't understand why it is classified as prog-related since it has so many clear influences from the crossover and psychedelic prog.

Grade and Final Thoughts

Although i think this albums is unfairly underrated i must be fair and give it a fair grade, according with my feelings. I really wanted to give it the 5 stars grade, but it is simply not worthy. It hurts me to say, but this is a 4 stars album.

CCVP | 4/5 |

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