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All Music Guide - Tammy La Gorce
There is a reason that Brazilian singer/actor Seu Jorge regularly sells out live shows and attracts the likes of Bill Murray, his co-star in 2004's The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, to performances: he not only has a charming way with acoustic renditions of classic David Bowie songs as proved in the movie; those who missed it should check the soundtrack, he exhibits as much charm when playing his own material. Cru, which translates as "Raw," is a fine example. Not every song is original -- Jorge covers the Leiber & Stoller classic "Don't," made famous by Elvis Presley, as well as Serge Gainsbourg's "Chatterton" -- but he maintains a consistently stripped-bare ...
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All Music Guide - Tammy La Gorce
There is a reason that Brazilian singer/actor Seu Jorge regularly sells out live shows and attracts the likes of Bill Murray, his co-star in 2004's The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, to performances: he not only has a charming way with acoustic renditions of classic David Bowie songs as proved in the movie; those who missed it should check the soundtrack, he exhibits as much charm when playing his own material. Cru, which translates as "Raw," is a fine example. Not every song is original -- Jorge covers the Leiber & Stoller classic "Don't," made famous by Elvis Presley, as well as Serge Gainsbourg's "Chatterton" -- but he maintains a consistently stripped-bare sensibility throughout. Sun-baked vocals drive the sound; backed by barely-there acoustic guitar strumming and spare, casual percussion, they leave a listener to wonder how he made it through the 12-song set without getting sunburned and sand between his toes. As Jorge's lyrics and his sporadic, effective use of electronic beats make clear, though, the music aims at more than conveying a stranded-at-sea, message-in-a-bottle vibe: "Mania de Peitao," which in English means "Large Chested Mania," offers a Portuguese-language lesson on the evils of silicone breast implants, and "Eu Sou Favela" recounts, via music entirely too gorgeous for its subject matter, the grim realities of life within a Brazilian slum.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/6/2005
  • Label: Wrasse Records
  • UPC: 875232002425
  • Catalog Number: 160
  • Sales rank: 367,940

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Seu Jorge Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Background Vocals, Hand Clapping, wah wah guitar
Robertinho Brant Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocals, Hand Clapping
Edmundo Carneiro Percussion
Fabio Fonseca Synthesizer
Mathieu Chédid Acoustic Guitar
Gringo DaParada Synthesizer, Background Vocals, Hand Clapping, Synthesizer Bass
Marcelo Aube Bass
Pretinho DaSerrinha Percussion, Background Vocals, Hand Clapping, Cavaquinho
Technical Credits
Jerry Leiber Composer
Mike Stoller Composer
Robertinho Brant Arranger, Composer
Murilo Antunes Composer
Noca da Portela Composer
Seu Jorge Arranger, Composer, Adaptation
André Perillat Mastering
Gringo DaParada Arranger, Producer
Pretinho DaSerrinha Arranger
Rafael Doria Logo
Alexandre Rabaço Engineer
Claudio Manetta Scott Artwork
Dom Mita Composer
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