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4.0 out of 5 stars Seu Jorge's Sophomore Album (4.5 stars), 30 Oct 2005
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Juan Mobili (Valley Cottage, NY USA) - See all my reviews
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From the first notes of the cavaquinho on "Tive Razao," you may realize there's a lot more to Seu Jorge, than the whispered vintage Bowie tunes he sang in "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou" soundtrack, and by the time you hear his version of "Chatterton" -Serge Gainsbourg's song- you'll be convinced that the breadth of this guy's music is remarkable.
Although, Jorge's arrival in the Brazilian popular music scene is rather recent -discovered, you may say, for his role in 2002's City of God- and this is only his second album, the material included here already shows a singular and mature voice, at ease with honoring Bossa tradition -"Fiore De La Citta" and "Una Mujer"- as well as mixing new sounds -"Bem Querer" or Elvis's old hit "Don't."
This is an intimate album where ballads and memories from his early life in a Favela -the name given to the poor neighborhoods you'll find in all major Brazilian cities- predominate, and his singing elevates them to small gems, counting "Sao Gonca" and "Bola De Meia" in addition to those mentioned before.
All in all, a gorgeous album that can be considered quiet yet also fierce. I think of Seu Jorge as a young descendant of the Tropicalia movement, perhaps not as daring musically but just as strong on his commitment to acknowledge Brazil's social ills.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Seu Jorge's Sophomore Album (4.5 stars), 4 Nov 2005
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Juan Mobili (Valley Cottage, NY USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Cru (Audio CD)
From the first notes of the cavaquinho on "Tive Razao," you may realize there's a lot more to Seu Jorge, than the whispered vintage Bowie tunes he sang in "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou" soundtrack, and by the time you hear his version of "Chatterton" -Serge Gainsbourg's song- you'll be convinced that the breadth of this guy's music is remarkable.
Although, Jorge's arrival in the Brazilian popular music scene is rather recent -discovered, you may say, for his role in 2002's City of God- and this is only his second album, the material included here already shows a singular and mature voice, at ease with honoring Bossa tradition -"Fiore De La Citta" and "Una Mujer"- as well as mixing new sounds -"Bem Querer" or Elvis's old hit "Don't."
This is an intimate album where ballads and memories from his early life in a Favela -the name given to the poor neighborhoods you'll find in all major Brazilian cities- predominate, and his singing elevates them to small gems, counting "Sao Gonca" and "Bola De Meia" in addition to those mentioned before.
All in all, a gorgeous album that can be considered quiet yet also fierce. I think of Seu Jorge as a young descendant of the Tropicalia movement, perhaps not as daring musically but just as strong on his commitment to acknowledge Brazil's social ills.
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