Really tremendous work from Caetano Veloso
– an album as striking as its cover image, and a record that shows that, yet again, Veloso
is one of the few of his generation who's kept growing as a creative artist! The sound is wonderful – very similar to the recent albums Ce and Zii & Zie – and put together with very fresh production from Moreno Veloso
and Pedro Sa, who really seem to understand the new ideas Caetano
's going for – yet also respect the intimate charms that have always made his work so wonderful in the first place. The sound is beautifully balanced – often spare enough to let the vocals really take center stage, with lots of acoustic elements in the mix, sometimes given just the slightest sort of crackle in the studio. The whole thing's great – a record that we'd rank right up there with Caetano
's most creative from the classic years – and titles include "A Bossa Nova E Foda", "Um Abracaco", "O Imperio Da Lei", "Quero Justa", "Um Comunista", "Vinco", "Quando O Galo Cantou", and "Parabens".