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SECOS & MOLHADOS (II)

Secos & Molhados

 

Prog Folk

4.32 | 32 ratings

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koresea
4 stars Secos & molhados second album is a perfect example of how to combine a large set of allusions to other genres in a reasonable way without sounding pretentious or boring.

The first thing which got my attention is how short the songs are, the longest song here is "Flores Astrais" with only 3:51 minutes (strangely is one of the songs that had less effect on me), the album itself has only 30 minutes of duration. This approach is pretty beneficial for the band because it has given to them the opportunity to try different styles and constantly present us with something new.

The list of influences here is kinda a long one, first, you have Brazilian folk music, there is too a spirit of MPB (Brazilian Popular Music) inside the record but not enough to negate the rock genre to it, who drinks from the roots of classic rock, glam rock, and early psychedelic. Besides this, we have tango, mambo, and some sections with a piano that resembles the "saloon/cabaret" style.

The instrumentation is pretty good, the acoustic guitars are very harmonical and the electric ones always throws the listener on a crazy trip that never lasts too long, I find myself pretty impressed by the bass in some sections and there are nice piano segments where the instrument is played in a very energetic way. I don't think they are virtuosos in any way and most of the songs use recognizable forms of their genres, for example, the tango parts are the most common way of tango you could think of, but this is always provided to us in incredible shape so is not a big deal. I should mention the vocals too, Ney Matogrosso is such a perfect singer and always embellish the music with his voice, which is at the same time beautiful and original (don't just imitate other greater singers, he have it's own distinctive sonority).

But this is not a perfect album in the sense that some songs are pretty simple and almost tiresome, a example of this is "Flores astrais" and "Vo", both just have one chorus and the melody is not a great thing. Due to the short duration of each song they never cross the line to become boring and have not urged me to skip any track in any of the times that I have sat to listen to it.

Secos & Molhados II are a great example of Brazilian rock, it's difficult to characterize them in just one sub-genre of prog-rock because this album drags with him a huge amount of stuff from other places without losing its identity, the work has its minor flaws that impede him of becoming a masterpiece but this should not put him away from your radar. Is a good recommendation to any fan of prog rock, especially from early progressive. 4 Stars.

koresea | 4/5 |

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