Milton Nascimento: Anima





Anima (Verve 813296)

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Milton Nascimento (vocals),

Marco Antônio Guimarães (percussion), Bento Menezes (acoustic guitar), Artur Andrés (flute), Paulinho Carvalho (electric bass, vocals), José Renato (vocals), Marilene Gondim (vocals), Tunai (vocals), Tadue Franco (vocals), Tavinho Bretas (vocals), Maria de Fatima (vocals), Décio Filho (percussion), Paulo Santos (percussion)


Composed by Milton Nascimento


Recorded: No information given, album released in 1982


Rating: 98/100 (learn more)

Anima marks one of the highlights of Milton Nascimento's career. On the title cut, he somehow creates a music without passport or lineage. You can try to fit this into the history of Brazilian music, but it really sounds more African. Or maybe it's pop or some new type of jazz. You might even be forgiven for labeling it as a crazy takeoff on the minimalism of Terry Riley and Philip Glass. But toss all the labels out the window. This is Milton's universe, and he has created an individual soundscape out of his own personal musical journey. He enlists the group Uakti to help out with their unusual homemade instruments, and layers shimmering, echoing vocals on top of a hypnotic rhythm. This is magical stuff, the sonic equivalent of pixie dust. In fact, the whole Anima project marks a milestone in modern world music. It's a shame it isn't better known.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia

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  • 1 omarkhayyam // Nov 14, 2008 at 03:08 AM
    soul goes beyond what we dare to percieve- i think that was one of the lines in that tune from milton, incredible tune,