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Haih...Ou Amortecedor... [Digipak]
1. Hymns of the World, Pt. 1 (Intro)
2. Querida Querida
4. 2000 e Agarrum
5. Baghdad Blues
6. O Careca
7. O Mensageiro
9. Samba do Fidel
10. Neurocincia do Amor
11. Nada Mudou
12. Gopala Krishna Om
13. Hymns of the World, Pt. 2 (Final)
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 87041
Personnel: Sergio Dias (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, 12-string guitar, nylon-string guitar, oud, cello, harmonica, percussion); Victor Trida, Vitor Trida (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, violin, cello, flute, clarinet, keyboards); Henrique Peters, Henrique Peters (vocals, grand piano, keyboards); Fabio Recco, Fabio Recco (vocals, grand piano); Dinho Leme (vocals, drums, percussion); Bia Mendes (vocals, percussion); Gabriel Levy (accordion); Simone Sou (percussion).
Audio Mixer: Rodrigo Carraro.
Illustrator: Paloma Passeto.
Photographers: Nino Andrs; Sergio Dias.
Reunited (partially) in 2006 by the acclaim of their fans, Os Mutantes sound just as vital as they did back in 1968 on HAIH... OU AMORTECEDOR..., their first record together in 30 years. Unfortunately, the original trio is only one-third represented. Specifically, there's no Rita Lee (who was replaced in 2006) and no Arnaldo Baptista (who appeared in the 2006 reunion but decided to continue as a solo act). Still, the band -- now a seven-piece -- gets songs from Tom Z and Jorge Ben, as well as the band's prime songwriting linchpin, Srgio Dias. Tropicalia fans yearning for another "Panis et Circenses" won't find their hopes far off the mark; although there's a noticeable lack of production experimentation, the band's strengths are all here -- bright songs, absurdist yet anti-fascist lyrics (Putin begins the album in chilling fashion), spritely backing harmonies, and the occasional spiky, piercing guitar solo from Dias. Mendes does a surprisingly good job replicating Rita Lee's singsong whine, taking over on "2000 and Agarrum," which updates 1969's "Dois Mil e Um" for the 21st century.
Q (Magazine) (p.114) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Infectious, sun-bleached and psychedelic -- the welcome return of a South American institution."
Clash (magazine) - "[T]hey sound refreshing and relevant as ever....It's a prog-laced psychedelic joyride of Portugese-sung folk, dark-pop and circus melodies..."
Record Collector (magazine) (p.90) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "It sounds like no one else but themselves -- which, naturally, also makes it one of the more inventive albums you'll hear all year."
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