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All Music Guide - Alvaro Neder
This album marked the first solo show by Chico Buarque after the Paratodos tour 1994. As always, Buarque played for full houses. Having almost only new songs exceptions are "Chão de Esmeraldas," with Hermínio Bello de Carvalho, from Chico Buarque de Mangueira; "Assentamento," from Terra, companion for the homonymous photography book by Sebastião Salgado; and "A Ostra E O Vento", explored with his somewhat sad voice, the album presents, nevertheless, a rich urban imagery landscape where humor and irony dwell. "Cecília," with its rich string arrangement, is an example of the latter, with the irony directed against himself -- where he expresses his envy of grandiloquent ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alvaro Neder
This album marked the first solo show by Chico Buarque after the Paratodos tour 1994. As always, Buarque played for full houses. Having almost only new songs exceptions are "Chão de Esmeraldas," with Hermínio Bello de Carvalho, from Chico Buarque de Mangueira; "Assentamento," from Terra, companion for the homonymous photography book by Sebastião Salgado; and "A Ostra E O Vento", explored with his somewhat sad voice, the album presents, nevertheless, a rich urban imagery landscape where humor and irony dwell. "Cecília," with its rich string arrangement, is an example of the latter, with the irony directed against himself -- where he expresses his envy of grandiloquent orchestral singers. Buarque's fans will charge him for almost non-existent political references, but he wisely accompanied the times, which are obviously less politicized. He even says "Hoje tem baile funk!" "Today there is a funk party" in Carioca The melodies in this album are the great news. Complex, hard to sing, rich, and sophisticated, they are the best evidence that Buarque knew how to adapt himself to the times, still making justice to his broad fan base. With partnerships with Hermínio Bello de Carvalho, Dominguinhos, and Guinga this one has so strong a personal mark in his complex, dissonant melodies that one can undoubtedly point out his authorship through the sole audition of the song "Você, Você", the samba as his main vehicle even if in a subtle way, the violão in the forefront, and delicate orchestrations showing underneath, Chico Buarque remains Chico Buarque even when being contemporary.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/1/2008
  • Label: Sony / Bmg Brazil
  • UPC: 886973016626
  • Catalog Number: 7301662
  • Sales rank: 318,580

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Carioca (2:44)
  2. 2 Iracema Voou (2:59)
  3. 3 Sonhos Sonhos São (3:16)
  4. 4 A Ostra E O Vento (3:30)
  5. 5 Xote de Navegação (2:31)
  6. 6 Você, Voce (2:54)
  7. 7 Assentamento (3:44)
  8. 8 Injuriado (2:29)
  9. 9 Aquela Mulher (2:22)
  10. 10 Cecília (4:04)
  11. 11 Chão de Esmeraldas (2:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chico Buarque Primary Artist, Viola
Cristina Vocals
Francisco English Horn, Oboe
Luís Alves Baixo
Chico Batera Percussion
Don Chacal Percussion
Wilson DasNeves Bateria
Gordinho Percussion
Armando Marçal Percussion
Giancarlos Spala Pareschi Violin
Gilson Peranzzetta Piano
Robertinho Silva Percussion, Bateria
Paulo Sérgio Santos Clarinet, Clarone
Victor Santos Trombone
Rick Amado Violin
Frederick Stephany Viola
Dominguinhos Accordion
Carlos Duarte Moreno Violin
Paulinho Trompete Bass Trumpet
Jorge Helder Baixo
Eduardo Morelenbaum Clarinet
Jesuina Noronha Passaroto Viola
Eduardo Pereira Viola
Marcelo Bernardes Flute
Michel Bessler Violin
Bernardo Bessler Violin
Marcelo Costa Percussion, Drums, Bateria
Walter Hack Violin
Jose Alves Violin
Marcelo Martins Flute
Joao Daltro Violin
Jairo Diniz Viola
Marcio Eymard Malard Cello
Marcus Ribeiro Cello
Pascoal Perrotta Violin
Marcos Esguleba Percussion
Carlos Bala Bateria
Andréa Earnest Dias Flute
Antonella Pareschi Violin
Gringo Cardia Capa
Cristina Buarque Guest Appearance
Vera Maria de Castro Barreto Violin
Vittor Santos Trombone
Paul Prates Barbato Violin
José Menezes Bandolin
Jorjão Carvalho Banjo, Baixo
João Reboucas Piano
Rogério Rosa Violin
Bia Paes Leme Vocals
Ubirajara Silva Bandoneon
Technical Credits
Dominguinhos Arranger
Jorge Davidson Art Direction
Alex Photo Assistance
Marcio Thees Engineer
Fabio Arruda Image Manipulation
André Oliveira Photo Assistance
Liber Gadelha Studio Coordinator
Pedro Borges Studio Coordinator
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Brilliant lyrics, captivating music

    Chico is the most creative lyricist in Brazilian music. Not a great singer, uncomfortable performing, but still a fascinating creative voice. The rhymes and allusions in the opening tribute to Rio are rich.

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