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    Jorge, Seu – “Life Aquatic – Studio Sessions, The ” – [Hollywood Records]

    Viva Brazil. Portugese sounds obscenely beautiful to this foreigner,
    sensually slurry and rarely in a hurry. Okay As Mercenarias has a quicker
    appoach…maybe that is the beautifully obscene side? Anyways, whereas
    the soundtrack to Orfeu Negro beat at the heart of that film, Seu Jorge’s
    renditions of David Bowie’s songs ends up being a scented pillow, or tub
    of hot water to rest in during the goof-a-rama of the Life Aquatic. Which
    is so perfect, as Bowhead is the Man who fell to earth, Jorge and his
    acoustic guitar are barefoot in the soil, already as down-to-earth as one
    can get. This recording catches the little croak in his throat, and
    the breeziness of his falsetto. Wes Anderson placing him in the film as
    a crew member also was a sweet lampoon of the left-field nature of any
    soundtrack, like seeing John Shaft’s band strutting behind him, hustling
    the theme along. The songs here are at once recognizable and yet well
    camoflauged. Try testing a friend on some of these, “Changes” comes on
    quickly…but “Suffragette City” sounds like someone whispering to you on
    a street corner in San Fransister, or I suppose in Rio. Replacing the
    original alienation with a more subtle striving to seduce the listener
    really showcases the power of these true re-makes. At the same time, we
    realize how deep Bowhead plumbed our subconcious with these numbers;
    better “Rebel Rebel” show up here, than trying to sell your nephew
    a combination ipod/skateboard.

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on January 25, 2007 at 12:24 am
  • Filed as CD,International
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