Milton Nascimento: Tudo Que Você Podia Ser
Tudo Que Você Podia Ser
Clube da Esquina (EMI Odeon Brazil 792696)
Tavito (12 string guitar), Beto Guedes (bass), Rubinho (congas), Luiz Alves (shaker), Robertinho Silva (drums).
Composed by Milton Nascimento and Lô Borges.
Recorded: No info given, album released in 1972
Rating: 94/100 (learn more)
What The White Album was to American rock, Milton Nascimento's Clube da Esquina was to post-bossa Brazilian music. Like the Beatles, Nascimento and company created a double-disc masterpiece with a fresh sound that nicely balanced visionary compositions with crisp, under-produced textures. This was music that made its own rules up as it went along with a boldness that still inspires imitators today. "Tudo Que Você Podia Ser" is a classic track, which starts with just soulful acoustic guitar and Nascimento's soaring voice. Soon other instruments enter, at first with occasional colors—check out Tiso's subtle organ notes, Horta's guitar, and a growing cascade of percussion sounds. Surprise! . . by the midway point this song has morphed into a simmering dance number. Give credit to the whole band, especially co-leader Lô Borges, but Nascimento's bittersweet vocals are what will grab you here. They are a soothing counter-balance to this musical tempest, holding everything together even as the energy level elevates. Welcome to the magical world of Milton Nascimento on the cusp of his thirtieth birthday, when a song could start in one dimension and end up in another place completely. But this was more than changing a tune in midstream, it was altering the whole landscape of what we now call "world music."
Reviewer: Ted Gioia