Sunday, 18 January, 2009

Chico Science / Nação Zumbi - Da Lama ao Caos (1994)

Chico Science Nação Zumbi's debut album represents a seismic shift in Brazilian music from the '60s tropicalia generation headed by Gilberto Gil, Milton Nascimento, and Caetano Veloso. Da Lama Ao Caos is a revelation, an organic fusion of the forceful maracatú rhythm from the Recife region delivered by massed surdo drums with overlays of metal-tinged hard rock or James Brown-style rhythm guitar, Chico Science's convincing rap vocals, and the creative sensibility of the dub/mix generation.

The opening monologue's twanging berimbau and pounding drums set the tone before sweeping seamlessly into the power chords married to funk-riffing attack on "Banditismo por Uma Questão de Classe." "A Praieira" is centered on a staggered riff that drops down into the parade drumming perfectly and "Côco Dub (Afrociberdelia)" is a savvy maiden voyage into dubwise sound science. The artfully layered arrangements and impeccable command of dynamics enables the group to shift gears from the funky "Samba Makossa" to the title track's heavy guitar without missing a beat. Lino Maia's guitar is savagely intelligent throughout, the fierce rhythmic undertow never lets up, and Chico Science's staccato vocal bursts fit the musical framework like a glove. Rarely can you point to an album as the definitive marker of a change in musical generations, but the new Brazil started with Da Lama Ao Caos.

1 - Monólogo ao Pé do Ouvido (Vinheta)
2 - Banditismo por Uma Questão de Classe
3 - Rios, Pontes & Overdrives
4 - A Cidade / Boa Noite do Velho Faceta (Amor de Criança)
5 - A Praieira
6 - Samba Makossa
7 - Da Lama ao Caos
8 - Maracatu de Tiro Certeiro
9 - Salustiano Song (Instrumental)
10 - Antene-se
11 - Risoflora
12 - Lixo do Mangue (Instrumental)
13 - Computadores Fazem Arte
14 - Côco Dub (Afrociberdelia)

Chico Science - Vocal
Lúcio Maia - Guitarra
Alexandre Dengue - Baixo
Toca Ogan - Percussão
Gilmar Bola 8 - Alfaia
Jorge dü Peixe - Alfaia
Gira - Alfaia Canhoto - Caixa



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Anonymous said...

to make a proper comment proper i wanna add some thoughts after cross-listening to this and its follow-up:
i don't like it, not at all. i don't dig the guitars, not the rap and overall feel. this may have more 'streetability' than s'thing like totonho & os cabras (the only thing vaguely related to this that i heard before), but to me it sounds boring and the old public enemy slogan immediately popped into my mind, when i read the amg review you provided: don't believe the hype. ;)

maybe i'm just an old poof who's not in touch with the 'modern' world anymore, but for my money i'm completely happy with tom zé's latest stuff, or with some of veloso's more advanced cd's like 'livro'.


j said...


Carlos said...

Hello. Chico Science is truly a revolution in Brazilian music. In your comments to Tropicalia you can chance Milton Nascimento by Tom Zé and Mutantes. Milton is another kind of music - and one of the biggest name too - but never was in Tropicalia. Milton Nascimento is the chief of Clube da Esquina (Corner's Club).
I am Brazilian, from São Paulo.

Maloqueiro de Condomínio said...

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