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BANDA DO SOL

Crossover Prog • Brazil


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Brazilian act BANDA DO SOL was formed back in 1980. In the span of two years they developed as a band, hit the recording studio, released a self-titled album in 1982 and subsequently disbanded.

Come 2009 and two of the founding members, Moacir Jr (vocals, guitars) and Fbio Fernandes (drums), decide to reform their old band. Joined by Cesar Rodrigues (bass), Fram Simi (guitars) and Allex Bessa (keyboards) they hit the studio. The result was the album Tempo, issued in the summer of 2010.

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3.55 | 18 ratings
Tempo
2010

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 Tempo by BANDA DO SOL album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.55 | 18 ratings

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Tempo
Banda Do Sol Crossover Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Brazilian band BANDA DO SOL was formed back in 1980, and in a few hectic years they wrote, recorded and released an album's worth of material, as well as (presumably) being active in their local live scene. After a lengthy hiatus following their break-up in the mid 80's they returned again in 2010 with their second production "Tempo", released 30 years after their initial formation.

Accessible symphonic art rock with a subtle but distinct orientation towards a mainstream sound is what Banda Do Sol provides on their second disc "Tempo". Well made and well performed compositions that should find favor among fans of late 70's Camel and '80s Pink Floyd in general, and in particular among those fond of the mainstream oriented parts of the aforementioned bands repertoires.

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 Tempo by BANDA DO SOL album cover Studio Album, 2010
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Banda Do Sol Crossover Prog

Review by Tarcisio Moura
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3 stars 3.5 stars really. I was quite surprised when I heard this band. Tempo reeks of 70s music. So much in fact that I thought it would be a re-recording of their independent vinyl release of their debut album in 1982 (now a rare collectors piece). But when I visited Band Do Sols home page I found that this is really all new stuff. Still, it is quite typical the sound of most bands were doing in Brazil in the late 70s and early 80s. The new, modern, production is much better, of course and enhance all the styles best qualities.

The music here is an intesresting exemple of several influences merged together, some appearing more on some tracks than others, of course. So you can hear echoes of the Beatles (Quem Sou eu, complete with Strawberry Fields Forever-like mellotron lines and a slide guitar solo not very dissiliar of those of mr. George Harrison). blues (Yes Blues), symphonic rock (The title track, with a very Genesis-like acoustic guitar introductionm and the excellent isntrumental Fabito) and even some raga-rock (Sinal da Liberdade).

But most of the time they play what was known as the Clube da Esquina` sound: a mix of brazilian popular music, 60s rock (mostly The Beatles), jazzy harmonies and baroque melodies. This music came from my homestate (Minas Gerais) and was very popular and influential at the time, making names of artistis like Beto Guedes, L Borges quite famous in the country and one, Milton Nascimento, a star of international status (albeit more in jazz circles). Later some prog influences were also added, specially in more rocking groups like O Tero and its spin-off 14 Bis.

The record strong points were the very good and varied songwriting. At first I wasnt very impressed, but the more I heard the more I could see the very tasteful arrangements, intrumentations and the fine harmonies. One thing that strikes me is how good the three new members really are and how they fitted in the songs framework: bassist Cesar Rodrigues (great bass lines!), Allex Bessa on keyboards (fine vintage sounding keys, very fluid playing) and, above all, guitarrist Fram Simi (probably the best instrumentist in the whole album, very creative, very skillful, versatile playing). Its really impressive how those guys do a real team work, filling every possible space without getting on each others way. Really impressive. The two extra live bonus tracks show how tight they are on stage too.

On the other side there are some weak points too. The lyrics are the usual naive hippie/new age philosophy. Nothing new or very interesting, but I can live with that. The major flaw, if I can say that, is Moacir Jrs voice. He has a warm tone and sing with conviction, and it does work well on those less demanding parts. However, it lacks both pitch and range on several others. Its unbelievable that such fine instrumentation does not have a real powerful singer to add up something at least on the same level (another 70s trait, oh dear...). If they had someone that really knew how to deliver the vocals with the right power and technique, this would surely be a 4 or even 5 star rating affair. as it is, 3.5 stars is more likely.

Conclusion: Excelent music. If you like 70s prog rock (with a far better production) this is for you! Im looking forward to her their next releases, and I really hope they keep the high level of the songwriting

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 Tempo by BANDA DO SOL album cover Studio Album, 2010
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Banda Do Sol Crossover Prog

Review by CCVP
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5 stars I will always remember and keep with me the notes that make the sound of the sun

It is safe to say that this album, the Banda do Sol's debut entitled Tempo, is the greatest surprise I had this year. I got this album because the cover made me curious about what behind it, the albums was somewhat inexpensive and is an album by a Brazilian progressive rock band, which is one of the few ways I can support the scene.

To my surprise, since the very first time I gave it a spin, it completely blew me away, so that it immediately became my undisputed favorite album of the year. They have, literally, everything I could expect from a progressive rock band: familiar style and unfamiliar approach, what leads to some musical innovation.

Probably what made me like them so much is that their style is composed by a miriad if things I like and miss in progressive rock and rock nowadays, but mainly being good blues rock, interesting melody and simple but well written and crafted harmonies. Some of their most noticeable influences, music-wise, are the Beatles, Yes, Pink Floyd, Os Mutantes, O Som Nosso de Cada Dia (in their first album) and O Tero, with a considerable Brazilian flavour.

From those listed, Yes is possibly the biggest influence. Every song in the album has some kind of Yes touch and they even have a tribute song here, entitled Yes Blues, that features various themes from the Fragile album, with a special highlight to the modified opening theme of Heart of Sunrise played by the keyboardist.

Yet a better way to describe their music would be to put together symphonic rock, space rock, psychedelia and blues, always portrayed in a positive and optmistic way.

Lyrics-wise, they appear to be some kind of a fusion of those musical influences, speaking of etheral things such as unconditional love, the space, the sun, the spirit or freedom, the relentless passing of time and age, etc. Everything is nicely delivered with an interesting hippie, or flower power touch. The lyrics also follow the music and mostly have a positive and optmistic tone, which is greatly helped or enphasized by the clear and smooth vocals of Moacir.

Another feature of this album that I greatly appreciate is the production. It is so well done that the music sounds cristal clear without seeming artificial. All the instruments are perfectly balanced and nobody is outshined here, every note played and sung can be listened perfectly. O Tempo also lacks the excesses and flaws of modern producing, such as the ones caused by the loundess war, auto-tuning, etc, what makes the album sound even better when compared to some of its contemporaries.

The instrumental work is really tight and well done, which can be seen best in the live songs, Prana and Mahavishnu.

For me, it is clear that the Banda do Sol's album Tempo is one of the best examples of great traditional and innovative progressive rock going around in our days. The band managed to get something that we are familiar with and deliver in such a fresh and unexpected way that I find it impossible not to like this album, specially when it features only things that I like in progressive rock. The music is absolutely perfect for me and, in spite of some minor (but forgetable and forgivable) flaws in the lyrics, I would not change a thing here

This is surely material for a perfect rating.

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 Tempo by BANDA DO SOL album cover Studio Album, 2010
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Banda Do Sol Crossover Prog

Review by ProgShine
Collaborator Errors & Omissions and Crossover Team

3 stars A Banda Do Sol is a Brazilian band that was actually born in late 70's and released an album in the early 80's (a rare pice nowadays). But it was only around 2006 that the band get together again to work on the album Tempo (2010). This album was mixed by Billy Sherwood (Yes, Circa, Yoso, etc).

In O Tempo (2010) we have a band that plays by the rules, pretty melodies, nice tunes, a nice voice and all. But the album suffers a bit with the... mixing. Billy Sheerwood has always been a 'compressor' guy and pretty much that he touches as a producer or mixer turns out to have the exactly same sound. A souless sound. Which to Banda Do Sol was a bit of a killer.

Despite this, tracks like 'Voar', 'Tempo' e 'Janavatar' are good tracks.

In general a solid album, but not a breakthrough tough.

3.5 stars

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