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Thursday, December 6, 2007

Mutantes Ao Vivo - Barbican Theatre, Londres 2006

Posted on Thu, Dec 6, 2007 at 4:00 AM

Mutantes Ao Vivo - Barbican Theatre, Londres 2006
Label: Luaka Bop
Length: LP
Media: CD
Format: Album
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For Brazil’s greatest psych-rock combo Os Mutantes, nothing can compare to the early days of counterculture debauchery; but the band’s brief reunion tour last year, which began at the Barbican Theatre in London, came close. Tropicália may have been a fleeting moment in Brazil’s cultural terrain, but it left a lasting impression. (Admirer Kurt Cobain attempted to reunite Mutantes in 1993 but failed.) At the Barbican, the band delivered mutant soundscapes still charged with the kind of exhilarating inventiveness often found in music spawned during tumultuous times. The double-disc concert set is mostly a jaunt through their most memorable epic moments, with songs like Caetano Veloso’s “Bat Macumba” and “Le Premier Bonheur du Jour” offering crosscurrents of upbeat retro-pop and subversively baroque, orchestral flourishes. Though original vocalist Rita Lee is missing from this most recent equation, her replacement, Zélia Duncan, offers her own magnetic presence. The new sound benefits from Duncan’s updated and fresh perspective – she’s nearly 20 years younger than Lee – and with it, the possibility of breaking through the time warp.

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