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4 stars I haven't tried their previous one yet, "Haih... or Amortecedor...", so the last Mutantes impression that I have on my mind is their two and great progressive efforts at 73/74. The results are a band back in the psychedelic way, but in a experimental modern manner (non- commercial) and heavier at the first tracks. I miss the prog keyboards. The tropicalia scene masters are not the same, because the band formation is not the same. And the songwriting aren't portuguese anymore. But I'm talking about the enjoyment of this album, and it's worth.

The album begins with the neilyoungish folk The Dream is Gone. It's a good track, a good opening. So, it's followed by the main title Fool Metal Jack, a heavy psychedelic noisy song. I really love it. Very very very relevant! Picadilly Willie is a heavy psychedelic blues, out of cliche and sameness. At the fourth track, Ganjaman, we have some kind of tribal beatles, and trust me, it works. The drums are the higher point here. Look Out is another heavy rock psychedelic oriented. Eu Descobri is the portuguese singing (female vocals) from Fool Metal Jack, an acoustic song. I like this too. Time and Space is an experimental track, but some vocal flaws. To Make It Beautiful is a cool soft rock. Once Upon a Flight is an awesome track IMO, a mix of folk, psychedelia and metal guitars. Oh, and the keyboards are cool at this track, but it could be more apparent. Into Limbo could be better, weak vocals sometimes. But it's a good one, at the album level. Bangladesh is the weak side of this album, a folkish boring track. Valse LSD it's atmospheric and acoustic, and it fits right as an ending track.

This is not an essential album for any collector, Os Mutantes history has ended long ago. But this one is an excelent addition.

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