Performance CreditsMarisa Monte Primary Artist
Arnaldo Antunes Primary Artist
Carlinhos Brown Primary Artist
Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.
For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.
It's hard not to expect great things when three of Brazil's finest songwriters and musical visionaries get together. But the joy of Tribalistas, the supergroup consisting of Rio's Marisa Monte, Bahia's Carlinhos Brown, and São Paulo's Arnaldo Antunes, is that the trio dismiss the hype and simply deliver a beautiful, intimate album. Produced by Monte and recorded in home studios, it's a testament to the innate musicality of these longtime collaborators, with a homemade feel. Most surprising are the subtleties delivered by Carlinhos Brown, the Afro-Brazilian powerhouse who contributes a raft of gently insistent percussion (and no small measure of guitar) that's miles away from his usual fare. Similarly, the futuristic prog-rock of Antunes is sidelined -- the addictive single "Já Sei Namorar" comes closest with its mix of acoustic guitar and electronic beats. But neither is this the Marisa Monte Show, although the wistful '70s feel of tracks such as "Carnavália" and "É Vocé" comes closest to the sun-dazzled warmth of her most recent work. Indeed, as their distinctive voices harmonize -- Monte's fluttering croon, Antunes's subsonic bass, and Brown's soulful tenor -- so do their creative energies. They sing about Christmas, about visiting friends, and about each other (on the title track manifesto, they explain "Tribalistas don't want to be right, Tribalistas don't want to be correct…Tribalistas are here to be the base of new construction"). Their affectless act of creation reminds anew of the casual brilliance of Brazilian music, and its power to surprise and inspire again and again.
See all customer reviews