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Tom Zé



4.06 | 13 ratings

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5 stars "If I could make the rice and beans (i.e. brazilian for "the basic"), I wouldnt make such a weird music".

Tom ZĂ© is more than a free spirit: Its the roots of everything that would be Avant-gard in Brazil from the 1970's onward. He participated of the Tropicalia movement (mainly in his first album and in the Tropicalia Manifesto, Panes et Circenses) just to see that others musical paths were opened to him... and then "Todos os Olhos" were born.

The highlights of the album for me are various, but iniciating with "Complexo de Épico" (Epic Complex) and finishing with the same song... he attack one of the characteristic of the music he criticizes (academic, full of great intentions) while doing it! Its a great parody, he himself has putted in a humoristic fashion: "its a album that eat itslef, like a sanke". While the music shows a great negligence, with repetitive sounds and the lyrics going "there he goes completly serious / all brazilian composers are full of complexes / be serious like this / in hell" (in portuguese is more aligned, of course). Its a great track (in two parts) representing everything from him in this new phase. Even when you think the sound is going to be like this forever, with "Todos os olhos" without a proper ending and "Dodo e Zeze" playing with a musical narrative, the beautiful track "Brigite Bardot" comes with a poetry, accesible and full of meaning, maily the passage of time and our finitude.

Mixture of avant-gard, samba and poetry: The seeds of brazilian avant-garde were planted since the first guy tapped a box of matches in a bar to make samba - Tom ZĂ© is just the logical conclusion of this history.

GKR | 5/5 |


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