Arnaldo Antunes/Carlinhos Brown/Marisa Monte: Tribalistas (2002)
For the most part, anyway. The oddly dark "O Amor e Feio" ("Love Is Ugly") rides spare accompanimentunison guitar lines and tinkling piano swirlsalong with rustling percussion and odd noises, delivering a truly ugly message:
Love is dirty
It smells like piss
It puts the fear in you
But then, somehow, mere moments later, love redeems itself and becomes beautiful and full of grace. Obviously someone is in that very confused, self-indulgent adolescent state between love and resentment. The song works especially well because Monte's voice, smooth as butter, is juxtaposed alongside Antunes' rough, gutteral sound. Something like sandpaper paired with velvet, the combination somehow makes it all make sense. Sort of.
And that's true for most of the record. An exception is the torch ballad "É Você" ("It's You"), where Brown proves himself an effective tenor with smoky overtones, joining Monte while four guitars course through gently paced rhythms. But for the most part the contrast between the two main vocalists provides most of the color and drama. The very middle-of-the-road "Um A Um" ("One To One") plods a bit, but it's redeemed by the romantic strains of "Velha Infancia" ("Old Childhood") and the sing-song electro-samba of "Passe em Casa" ("Come By The House"), with just a bit of hip-hop tossed in the mix.
Admittedly the vocals are the centerpiece of Tribalistashow can that ever not be true when Marisa Monte is involved?but the rest of the music is an interesting amalgam of approaches. There's no particularly experimental edge or brilliant innovation here, but like most quality Brazilian pop, Tribalistas mixes things up well enough to steer clear of cliché. It's consistently warm and inviting, ceaselessly romantic, with no burn or aftertaste.
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Track Listing: 1. Carnavalia (4:16) 2. Um a Um (2:41) 3. Velha Infancia (4:10) 4. Passe Em Casa (3:54) 5. O Amor E Feio (3:11) 6. � Voc� (2:51) 7. Carnalismo (2:36 ) 8. Mary Cristo (3:00) 9. Anjo da Guarda (2:47) 10. L� de Longe (2:17) 11. Pecado � Lhe Deixar de Molho (2:58) 12. J� Sei Namorar (3:16) 13. Tribalistas (3:23)
Personnel: Marisa Monte: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica, Trumpet, Accordion, Hammond Organ, Sound Effects, Viola, Handclapping, Cajon, Mixing, Gaita, Nylon String Guitar, Animal Sounds, Palmas, Toy Trumpet, Assobios; Margareth Menezes: Viola, Vocals, Gaita; Carlinhos Brown: Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Percussion, Piano, Strings, Bongos, Conga, Cymbals, Drums, Glockenspiel, Harp, Marimba, Hammond Organ, Sound Effects, Tabla, Tambourine, Viola, Vocals, Whistle, Bells, Berimbau, Tumba, Handclapping, Caxixi, Pandeiro, Repique, Spoons, Zarb, Producer, Vibraphone, Djembe, Agogo, Cajon, Cuica, Reco-Reco, Shaker, Tumbadora, Editing, Cordas, Bateria, Sapo, Timba, Bacurinhas, Music Box, Afuche, Drum Effects, Nylon String Guitar, Baixo, Box, Bumbo, Chapuis, Financial Director, Metal Sheets, Moringa, Music Stand, Palmas, Prato, Assobios; Arnaldo Antunes: Vocals, Whistle, Handclapping, Vox Organ, Palmas, Assobios; Dadi Carvalho: Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Piano, Accordion, Steel Guitar, Hammon Organ, Sitar, Ukulele, Viola, Whistle, Handclapping, Viola da Gamba, Cavaquinho, Slide Guitar, E-Bow, Cavaco, Animal Sounds, Apito, Baixo, Bandolin, Pizzicato, Sementes.
Record Label: Metro Blue