Tuesday 10 December 2019
Os Mutantes - Jardim Elétrico (1971)
The fourth album from this band from Brazil.
The band was a quintet with a lineup of drums, guitars, bass, keyboards, percussion and vocals.
The band was also helped out by a symphonic orchestra.
The band had so far released three interesting, quite progressive albums. Their genre was Tropicano through but they made regular detours into prog rock and folky prog.
As I understand from other reviews, the band was a bit under pressure to adhere to some very strict censorship in the military junta misruled Brazil at that time. All sorts of expressions were put under scrutiny by the military leadership.
Os Mutantes bypassed this censorship by music and various not so logical sounds and detours into avant-garde and vaudeville on this album.
At lot of this album is pretty bonkers and weird. But under the circumstances, their attacks on the rulers of Brazil was understood by everyone except from these military rulers.
It is a protest album expressed by a mix of pop, folk, vaudeville and avant-garde rock.
The music is pretty wild throughout and not easy to grasp.
Nevertheless, the quality is not here and this is just a decent album and hopefully only a glitch in their career.