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    Valenca, Alceu – “Molhado De Suor” – [Sol Re Sol Records]

    Reissue of a 1974 Brazillian beauty. Honestly I don’t know if
    this is considered true Tropicalia but it hits a lot of those
    happy buttons for me, folksy percussion, wood thunks and those
    boingy springy sounds (like on #4), lots of acoustic guitar
    and other strings, thin like a mandolin, or ramshackled and
    bending (like on #5). Nimble electric basslines, just about
    ready to dance around, even on the slower, happier, lazier
    songs. Tracks flecked by flute too. Love the sweet sourness
    of songs like #9 “Dente de Ocidente” even without speaking
    the language, you can hear the playfulness in the title.
    Or on #8, again without knowing the what the portugese
    tongue is telling you, it’s rapid-fire tickling your ears
    That track and others have some big production that sits
    just fine next to the more ragged playing and singing and
    on that rapid-fire staggering stacatto “Papagaio do Futuro”
    there’s even coughing, and something about gasoline. It’s
    a huff and puffer with a nice electric bumble bee guitar
    coming in alongside some soaring choruses! Wow! That ability
    to mix polish and passion is so key to this release, which
    really is tremendous or should I say “Fantastico” which
    apparently is where some folks like my co-workers first
    came across Valenca on a Sunday night TV show. Every track
    here is a must, Scott and Sol re Sol shining strong!
    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on June 11, 2015 at 6:09 pm
  • Filed as CD,International
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