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Studio Album, released in 1975

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Canção da meia-noite
2. Mi triste Santiago
3. Séria festa
4. Amor caipira e trouxa de Minas Gerais
5. Coisa miúda
6. Barca de Caronte
7. Haragana
8. Elevador
9. Em meio aos campos
10. Vida e morte
11. Gaudêncio Sete Luas
12. Velha gaita

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Releases information

LP Continental 1.01.404.120 Brazil (1975)

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Review by Tarcisio Moura
3 stars Almondegas sophmore release became their most popular and bestselling album of their entire discography, thanks to their first (and only) national hit with Canção da Meio Noite (Midnight Song), which was inlcuded in the soundtrack of a Saramandaia, a successful soap opera. It also yielded one aof their best known songs, Haragana.

When compared with their debut, Aqui (here, in portuguese) shows the band much more confident and confortable at the studio. Their instrumentation also grew, with a more elaborated use of percussion instruments and the introduction of new ones (flute, violin, even bass and drums on a couple of tracks, but still no electric guitar). The musical style remains more or less the same as before, but the band has matured both as songwriters and players. Although there is little or no prog in here - or even much rock - it is obvious that they were expanding their folk boundaries to new grounds. The inclusion of themes, slangs and singing from their region set them apart from most folk-rock groups of the time.

Some tracks are exceptional like the beautiful southern folk of Gaudencio Sete Luas (Guadencio seven moons), while the mix of portuguese and spanish lyrics and styles of Mi Triste Santiago clearly offers an interesting hybrid resulting of people who lives on the border, closer to another country than to Rio de Janeiro or São Paulo.

To many this was their finest hour. But they would eventually release two more albums before desbanded by the end of the 70´s. Again I recommend this one for the ones who like to explore regional folk music with a sophisticated approach and subtle arrangements. 3,5 stars.

Review by kenethlevine
2 stars Our beloved sub genre of prog folk occasionally flirts with the loosely defined "campfire song" style, that is, innocent or even naive sounding songs that might be best enjoyed when something flammable is burning. Whether that something is a bundle of hardwood logs or a thin rolled indulgence to be passed around largely determines the age of the target audience. "Aqui" was campfire music for mid 20s Brazilians in 1975, that is, those who tried most of the decade to recapture the spirit of Woodstock from thousands of kilometers away.

Very little here is poor, but even less is remarkably good or progressive in any real sense. Melodies are rather unmemorable, which renders the harmonies quaint but ephemeral. Similar instrumental and vocal approaches were taken at the time by Argentinian groups like PASTORAL and MELIMELUM, but those were marked by superior compositions and an appreciation for the timeless aspects of their craft. It's a shame, because with a little tweak here and there, "Em Meio Aos Campos", "Canção Da Meia Noite", and "Mi Triste Santiago" could have been so much more than mere pleasantries. If I had to name a highlight, it would be "Gaudencio Sete Luas", thanks largely to its flutes and romantic hot summer evening ambiance, with "Barca De Caronte" coming in second thanks to its moody sense of purpose. The low point might be "Coisa Miuda", in which the vocals are more irritating than nondescript, but lack of familiarity with the language prevents me from pronouncing any further judgment.

Without a strong background in Brazilian folk, I nonetheless believe that such a populous and musically rich country must have produced far better examples for us to discover, whether progressive or otherwise. This repast is neither spicy nor meaty, making ALMONDEGAS a nut not worth cracking.

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