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O 'A' E O 'Z'

Os Mutantes


Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.13 | 106 ratings

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4 stars A precious jewel kept hidden from mortal ears for almost 20 years - this album was not released after being recorded in 1973 because the label feared a commercial failure. Well, maybe they were right considering the time and that Mutantes' work was far ahead the so-called 'common taste'.

Losing one of their founders, the charismatic singer Rita Lee the task to record this album fell on the shoulders of two remaining members - brothers Dias Baptista who laboured with guests and friends to achieve the feat. Perhaps, without the Lee's bias to pop they felt more secure to trail the road they wished and from which we could take a glimpse in some tracks in previous albums.

Ah! The always cited influence of Yes, EL&P and others - it seems correct but it happened for other bands and also added more power to the album; nothing to regret, instead those influences were things to rejoice. But Mutantes kept their own lines, their own standard along with the main parts of the songs. One will not find a torrent of keyboards and odd singing; they were still Mutantes! There is a good dosing of most conventional instruments: piano, acoustic and electric guitar, bass and drums; together with the whispering voices of Sérgio and Arnaldo dividing the vocals.

Title-song is purely progressive, catchy, almost cheesy, but in general very pleasant; there are references going from Ravel's 'Bolero' to Stones' 'Satisfaction', like they were showing clearly their influences.

'Rolling Stones' is more rocky and a certain smell of old Mutantes' songs may be attractively felt; 'Você sabe' (You know) is agreeable, easy, listenable; 'Hey Joe' is another reference-song, this time to Hendrix, meaning they never fell apart from the classical rock; 'Uma pessoa só' (A lonely person), a soft track that tells much about the personal problems of Arnaldo Dias Baptista, with drug addiction and mind collapses, is in reality a sad song; 'Ainda vou transar com você', despite the awful title-name - something like 'I'm gonna really make love with you', is audible and agreeable.

The flow of the songs shows a half-way to sorrow and darkness, although they could seem joyful when one isn't concerned about the lyrics and the atmosphere that probably surrounded the studio during recording. Anyway, this is an album that deserves a place in any prog music collection. Total: 4.

Atkingani | 4/5 |


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