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A DIVINA COMÉDIA OU ANDO MEIO DESLIGADO

Os Mutantes

Psychedelic/Space Rock


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gabi_sanc@hot
4 stars Hello! I'm Gabriela... and.. I'm Brazilian!! (that's way I am voting in this cd!!...) I was trying to find mutantes' mp3s... I love Rita Lee still today (with her solo) and i really thing the Mutante was a great part of a music revolution here in Brazil! It's very interesting and an excellent addition!! If you have an opportunity to listen to it or even listen to any of the singers that did our 60's different with the popular brazilian music I am sure you will enjoy it! Good luck and thank you...

Gabi

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Posted Friday, May 07, 2004 | Review Permalink
spant666@yaho
5 stars "A Divina Comédia ou Ando Meio Desligado" is the most complete Mutantes' album and the most revolutionary. every element in popular music receives a anarch and irreverent treatment of the Mutantes' cosmovision. now, as a rock'n roll band, with the official addmition of Liminha (bass) and Dinho (drums), Rita Lee, Sérgio Dias and Arnaldo Baptista were in their highest performance. a must-have album.

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Posted Friday, February 11, 2005 | Review Permalink
filipewsan@ho
4 stars The Os Mutante's psychedelic tradition was much abandoned in "A Divina Comedia ou Ando Meio Desligado". This is more a progressive-earlier-Beatles rock album than a psychedelic one and the band lost much of originality with it. Thus, maybe that's the most audible album to the ones that are used to hear bands like Pink Floyd etc. Although, it's still a great album which I may outstand "Ave, Lúcifer" as the best song since it mantains the psychedelic atmosphere of the previous albums. As a drumer, I also like the drum solo in "Oh! Mulher Infiel".

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Posted Tuesday, May 17, 2005 | Review Permalink
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3 stars Good but not in the same level of the two previous albums.

Unbalanced; it mixes good songs with others not so good.

Tracks 'Ando meio desligado', 'Ave Lucifer', 'Meu refrigerador não funciona', 'Hey Boy' and 'Oh! Mulher infiel' are worthy.

The version for the classical seresta (Brazilian serenade) 'Chão de estrelas' (Floor of stars) did not work well. The attempt to make fun with the dramatic lyrics resulted poor.

Minus 1.5-star for the weaker songs and minus 0.5-star for the 'Chão de estrelas' disaster. Total: 3.

One curiosity: 'Ando meio desligado' supposedly a love song became the "anthem" of the Brazilians hemp-users. The lyrics help: 'I am partially spaced out/Not even feeling my feet on the ground/I look and I see nothing/I don't want you to want me' (free translation).

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Posted Saturday, November 12, 2005 | Review Permalink
ZowieZiggy
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2 stars Third album of this Brazilian band which developed some good arrangements and some fine psychedelia during their second album.

This mood is expressed in the very good opening song "Ando Meio Desligado". It can really be compared to what the genre produced some years ago already in Europe.

Most songs sounds very much outdated and childish. "Quem Tem Medo de Brincar de Amor" could have been the soundtrack of a TV sequence about the middle sixties.

Of course I can't judge the lyrics since my knowledge of Portuguese is fairly low. But I have rated albums in Polish with five stars, so this is not the problem. The band ralso reproduces some Fab Four related material with "Ave, Lucifer" for instance. Very much Pepper's oriented.

And the innocent and weak "Disculpe, Baby" won't change anything to my judgment. Strangely enough, I didn't expect anything great from "Meu Refrigerador Não Funciona" (my fridge is not working). With such a title I was expecting the worse but I have to say that is by far my favorite track from this album.

It features gorgeous keyboards fully Procol Harum oriented (again not very original) and the vocal performance from Rita is really fantastic (I am not convinced about the male ones). A heavy piece of music which is truly captivating.

The contrary of the childish and almost doo-wop "Hey Boy". Very much fifties oriented.

Some originality present in their previous work "Mutantes" is totally absent here. If one excepts a couple of good songs, this album sounds rather flat. Jazzy ("Preciso Urgentemente Encontrar Um Amigo") or traditional ("Chão de Estrelas"), none of these songs are working and only adds to the dull feeling. The very few psyche moments are probably the best ones you can expect here. "Jogo de Calçada" is one of them.

If you are interested in good old psychedelia, I would recommend you to grab one of the good Airplane albums instead of looking for the holy grail with "Os Mutantes". If needed, you can get the confirmation with "Haleluia". The worst here. Press nextT.

Two stars for this average album.

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Posted Sunday, May 04, 2008 | Review Permalink
CCVP
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3 stars Brazilian psychedelia!

After the terrific kickoff towards psychedelic rock that was their second album, Os Mutantes are back a years later with a new album, now completely drenched with psychedelia and comedy. However, unlike in their previous output, Os Mutantes just make an average album this time and the possible cause for that is the excess of comedy, that actually make the album bad. In other words, Os Mutantes are trying too hard to be funny and entertaining in other ways, and those ways do not involve making good music. Even my father does not like this album entirely and A Divina Comédia Ou Ando Meio Desligado is one of his favorite Os Mutantes albums.

However, and thankfully, they are way too talented to put out a bad album, thus releasing quite a mixed bag of good and bad songs, what can be seen since the beginning of the album: the opening is just a good (comedy) song, followed by a bad song, what is not very good. Thankfully, the next three songs are very good, specially O Meu Refrigerador Não Funciona, that is actually a very good comedy rock song à lá Janis Joplin. Then comes the horrible Hey Boy, that looks like some 50's rock (not the good 50's rock, but his retarded cousin), which is followed by the not-quite-good Preciso Urgentemente Encontrar um Amigo. Chão de Estrelas is a bit better than both songs that preceded it, but the funny part is actually far from good. Jogo de Calçada is not a very good song, mainly because it is overlong and, if it was 1 or maybe 2 minutes shorter it would be a lot better. The closing tracks are actually very good and are probably one of the best songs of the whole album. Haleluia is very good and have some nice organ and vocal work and Oh! Mulher Infiel have a great guitar and drum duo with some nice organ as well.

The highlights go to: Ando Meio Desligado; Ave, Lúcifer; Desculpe, Baby; Meu Refrigerador não Funciona; Haleluia; Oh Mulher Infiel.

the saddest moments are: Quem Tem Medo De Brincar De Amor; Hey Boy; Jogo de Calçada.

Grade and Final Thoughts

Mixing some good and some bad songs, this album can only be rated with 3 stars, as it is not good enough for 4 stars for having too many band songs. So, 3 stars for me.

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Posted Sunday, December 07, 2008 | Review Permalink
3 stars This would be a 4 stars or maybe 5 stars album if it only includes "Ando Meio Desligado", "Ave Lucifer" and "Meu Refrigerador Não Funciona". The main track is wonderful and opens the album with sort of caunterbury keys feeling. But hold your expectations. The same as the previous one, A Divina Comédia Ou Ando Meio Desligado lost the precious side into the fog of poor compositions. Again, Os Mutantes album is under attack: and it's the strike of the boring tracks. It have very childish tracks. But "Ando Meio Desligado" is a very pleasent track, and it's worth. You might check the album for the good tracks.

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