Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: World Music, Pop, Latin Music
Brazilian singer and percussionist Carlinhos Brown intends the title Omelete Man as a comment on the mix-and-match ethos of world-pop culture, a common theme for artists influenced by the '60s Tropicalia movement. (Brown w... more »
Brazilian singer and percussionist Carlinhos Brown intends the title Omelete Man as a comment on the mix-and-match ethos of world-pop culture, a common theme for artists influenced by the '60s Tropicalia movement. (Brown was a member of Tropicalia pacesetter Caetano Veloso's band.) Omelete Man is a glossy amalgam of Brazilian elements, reggae beats, MTV-ready dance-rock, Magical Mystery Tour grooves, and, on "Cachorro Iouco," a damn impressive football-chant/metal/drum-showcase hybrid that's sequenced safely away from "Musico's" not-so-ironically lush string arrangement. Hardly as experimental as Veloso or Tom Ze, Brown nonetheless makes his statement stick. --Rickey Wright
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Great CD on its own
jeffinho_branco | Los Angeles, CA United States | 06/14/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a great CD on its own merits. Although not the classic that "Alfagamabetizado" was, it's also not the same beast. This time, Carlinhos used more orchestration, pop sensibilities and less tribal percussion. Overall, I'd have to say the production was much nicer on "Alfa", but this CD has many bright spots. As far as the polyglot references, I'd have to say Caetano, Gil and Tom Zé have also been guilty of this, although not to the oddball extreme of Carlinhos. Despite his strange word-wranglings, Carlinhos is a strong lyricist with inventive, off-the-beaten-path ideas."
So-So Followup To His Great First Album
jeffinho_branco | 07/17/1999
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I was a little disappointed in this work, which is pleasant to listen to but nowhere near as interesting as his remarkable solo debut, Alfagambetizado. That album is highly recommended. There is also background material about Brown and the whole Bahian music scene in the book "The Brazilian Sound," of great use in understanding this music."
Frustrating, enjoyable, and thought-provoking - as usual
email@example.com | U.S.A. | 05/24/1999
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This new album by Brown drops some of the needless Ur-speak lingual complexity of ALFAGAMABETIZADO, as well as the massed drums of that album, in favor of an approach that seems more pop on the surface. Some Chic-styled funk, uptempo reggae accented by Bernie Worrell's keyboards, lush orchestrations reminiscent of Nelson Riddle's work with Sinatra, Carnaval-meets-Sepultura, various older Brazilian traditions...If nothing else, the disc is a marvel of continuity despite its eclectic nature. Brown's lyrics should have been translated to English (ditto for the last album)because, despite his occasional polyglot excesses, he is a strong, original writer, capable of dipping into Greek mythology, the wide basin of Brazilian idiomatic speech, and the onomatopeic possibilites of mixing English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese. U.S. critics should by all means be more aware of this when they pan his albums."