Album Review

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

Thurston Hunger   6/11/2015   CD, International

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

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