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PostPosted: Wed Jan 21, 2009 11:10 pm
by Gordon Neill

There's not much to add to Charlie's November album-of-the-month review. Other than I think it's an even better collection of songs than his positive comments might suggest. But I just thought it would be a public service to help raise the profile of this pretty terrific CD.

In many ways, it's a typical Charlie Gillett type of album. Foreign pop with quirky noises. I think I read somewhere that the songs were written as an imaginery film soundtrack. Certainly, there is an appealing panoramic production, busy but plenty of space given to the voices and lead instruments. As I listen to it on my daily commute, it makes me feel like a cool dude. And that's not easy!

Best of all, it's a very strong collection of songs. Charlie mentions tracks one to three. They are excellent, but my favourite sequence is five to seven. Actually, I'm starting think that my favourite sequence is one through to ten. The more I listen, the more I like this album.

There's a comparison made with Suba's 'Sao Paulo Confessions' from 1999 (a classic, apparently, which I've also just bought). I can hear why. But, if anything, I'm starting to think that Sonantes is the better album.


PS And I do like the cover.

PostPosted: Sun Jan 25, 2009 11:23 am
by matt
Timing Gordon.
Suba launched Bebel Gilberto and was one of the first movers in the electronica meets Brasil theme. That he died in a fire unfortunately gives his one album an elevated status maybe but it remains one of the seminal albums of the 90s. Surprised you didn't pick it up at the time.

I confess

PostPosted: Sun Jan 25, 2009 9:14 pm
by Gordon Neill
Matt's eyebrows were raised:

Suba's ['Sao Paulo Confessions'] .... remains one of the seminal albums of the 90s. Surprised you didn't pick it up at the time.

In 1998 I thought I knew it all when it came to music. I cringe at just how deep my shallowness ran. It took almost another four years before I realised that people outside Britain and America were able to make music that didn't involve pan pipes or sombreros. Thankfully nowadays I'm much more knowledgeable about my ignorance.

In the meantime, I've steadily been won over by 'Sao Paulo Confessions'. 'Voce Gosta', in particular, has been firmly lodged between my ears all week. If it doesn't clear up soon, I may have to go and see my doctor.

PostPosted: Sun Jan 25, 2009 10:54 pm
by matt
5 stars for Buraka Son Systema then ?

PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2009 3:24 pm
by Gordon Neill
Matt challenged:

5 stars for Buraka Son Systema then ?

Huh? I've only just worked out the reference. I'll try to get back to you by 2018.

Re: I confess

PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2009 2:40 pm
by Charlie
Gordon Neill wrote:I cringe at just how deep my shallowness ran.

Great aphorism, Gordon

If I may boast, I jut spent most of Monday with Gilberto Gil, and learned that he lived in London from 1970 to 1973 when I was entirely unaware of his existence; I would not have paid any attention even if I had known about his presence in the UK. My ignorance was boundless.