[117] Lo Borges – Lo Borges

3 Jul

Call it the Beatles in Portuguese.

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The influence is so clear, so openly acknowledged, and the songs so layered and interesting, it is almost like discovering a brand new Beatles album.

This is how the Fab Four could have evolved if they had visited Brazil instead of India.

If this sounds like  high praise, it is meant as such and is not unwarranted.  There is a post Summer of Love vibe here, a spirit of discovery, an attempt to hold onto innocence that is intoxicating.  And the connection to the sound of the Beatles (and to a lesser extent The Beach Boys) is visceral.

So much so that this almost feels like a Beatles cover album until you realize you have not actually heard these songs before.  The compositions tend toward John-penned story songs, with some of Paul’s ear for melody, and a healthy dose of George’s fiery guitar attack.

It seems that I am unable to evaluate these songs except in terms of The Beatles.

This may not be fair, yet I am struck again and again through these 15 sub-two minute tracks that the comparison is favorable.  How many artists would even dare to be placed head to head, side by side with the biggest musical phenomenon of a generation and more, let alone fare well?

Here is a patchwork album, much like the Side Two medley of Abbey Road, expanded to fill an entire disc, allowing exploration and experimentation without ever wearing out the welcome of a particular sound or idea.

The result is really quite fascinating.

Next Week: Boston – Boston

Owned before blogging? No. (10 of 117 = 9%)
Heard before blogging? No. (17 of 117 = 15%)
Recommend? Yes. (96 of 117 = 82%)

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