Album Review

Borges, Lo – “Lo Borges” – [4 Men with Beards]

Thurston Hunger   8/28/2011   12-inch, International


Is Brazil the birthplace of man’s soul? Lo Borges first solo
album, 1972….Clube de Esquina going on, but this is his
vision. The sneakers are off, he allows the listener to take a
seat as Lo does on the artwork. Yeah, it has that 70’s
slickness, the post-Pepper (Sergeant) production, but Borges’
compositions are happy without being obvious. Prog-ful without
plod-ful. 15 songs fly by like butterflies. That snippet
aspect may frustrate some, but the fleeting focus works so
well for me. Just check out “Pra Onde Vai Voce”, genius.
Smooth soothing, and yet the kind of quirkiness that will
jump out over the years, like countryman Tom Ze. Shambly
guitars, even bandolin. Organ that hovers, and electric
keys simple and striking in parts. Other strings and things,
one key is that percussion is spruced here and there, not
supporting songs like the legs of a table, more like the
doilies on top. Slippery Portugese vocals are the thing
that just ensare you. MOR has never been more sneaky.

-Thurston Hunger

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