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3 stars One of the firsts progressive rock albums made in Brazil after the lost decade

It is widely said and accepted here in Brazil that the 80's were the lost decade, and that is for a big number of reasons, such as lack of economic growth, political turmoil, lost of international importance, rampant inflation, generalized public dissatisfaction with the ruling dictatorship, etc. The same thing can be said about the Brazilian progressive rock scene : with the notable exception of few underground artists, like Alpha 3, Sagrado Coração da Terra, Bacamarte and Violeta de Outono, the progressive rock scene was rather arid and lifeless, echoing the equally lacking international scene, which also had few notable exceptions, also mostly composed of underground artists.

At the turn of the 1980's decade and the redemocratization, new hopes arose in the country, both politically and economically: the dictatorship was overthrown and democracy reestablished, the economy also showed signs of recovery and was stabilized for good and there was a generalized feeling that things would all change for the better. Also, in the progressive rock world, things were getting a lot better as the 90's were approaching and this album is one fine example of that.

Recorded in late 1989 and released in 1990, (Em caso de Acidente) Quebre este Disco, is the first progressive rock release of the band Acidente, which have had released two Brazilian rock albums (a genre which gained most of its mainstream attention, besides main attributes and popularity during the 80's) prior to this one. This album is pretty original, because it has a nice mixture of progressive rock, classical music, 50's and 60's rock and roll and brazilian rock delivered in a straightforward way, but without being plain. That causes most songs to sound and last just the right amount of time, because Paulo Malária, the keyboardist and main composer, worked the musical ideas of each song in such a way that makes them have a natural duration.

The copy of (Em caso de Acidente) Quebre este Disco that I own was the re-release made available by Rock Symphony, a Rio de Janeiro based progressive rock label, with a number of bonus tracks, which are the Expo Rock 2000 Supplement and the unreleased song Fim Do Mundo. The latter, Fim Do Mundo, is not such a good fit for the rest of the album because, in spite of actually being a good song, it is not progressive at all. It is probably a song that remained unreleased from one of their first two albums, released in the late 1980's.

The songs recorded in 2000 for the Rock Symphony rerelease (the Expo Rock 2000 Supplement) are not just as good as the ones in the original album, but they do are worth listening and they are still able to connect with the rest of the songs somehow. The bottomline is that they are an interesting and cleaver adition to this rather short studio album.

Grade and Final Thoughts

(Em caso de Acidente) Quebre este Disco is, generally, a very good album. The original album (tracks 1 - 14) could easily deceive those who don't know well the band or the album into believing that it is an EP, since its duration don't exceeds 28 minutes, but that short duration is one of the best features of the album, giving it a natural and unforced flow.

Most songs in this album are great, but there are, like in most cases, some exceptions. The first is the song Pactolo, which isn't exactly a bad song, but when compared with the rest of the album, but it does scratch the album flow, break it's mood. The other exception is the song Exercí­cio 806. It is definitely the worst song on this album, being just plainly boring and, again, breaks the album's flow.

Being (Em caso de Acidente) Quebre este Disco a balanced album with good songs, but short of being actually special. three stars seem like the fairest rating here.

CCVP | 3/5 |


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