Friday 20 March 2020
Os Mutantes - Haih... Or Amortecedor... (2009)
The ninth album from this Brazilian band.
The band was a seven piece big band on this album with a lineup of oud, cello, guitars, harmonica, hammond organ, percussion, drums, bass, keyboards, flutes, clarinet, violin, grand piano and vocals.
Vladimir Putin opens the album on spoken words.... no doubts as a sample.
Their 2000 album Technicolor is in some places regarded as their ninth album. As that 1970 album only consists of English and French versions of their best songs from their first four albums, I am disregarding that album. I it is a good album though. But I will not review it.
I am therefore focusing my efforts on Haih... Or Amortecedor.
There is only one original member of Os Mutantes left on this album. That shows.
Gone is the flirtations with Yes, ELP and the symphonic prog genre. The band has returned to the tropicana roots and what they did when Rita Lee was still a member of the band.
The music is a mix of tropicana, psych and pop. All of this in Portuguese and with a strong Brazilian flavour.
The result is an exotic album, made in Brazil. It is also a laid back album indeed.
The quality is somewhere between decent and good. It is not their best album by far. Nevertheless, it is still worth a listen or two.