Milton Nascimento: Tudo Que Você Podia Ser

Track

Tudo Que Você Podia Ser

Artist

Milton Nascimento (vocals) and Lô Borges (guitar)

CD

Clube da Esquina (EMI Odeon Brazil 792696)

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Musicians:

Milton Nascimento (vocals), Lô Borges (guitar), Wagner Tiso (organ), Toninho Horta (electric guitar),

Tavito (12 string guitar), Beto Guedes (bass), Rubinho (congas), Luiz Alves (shaker), Robertinho Silva (drums)

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Composed by Milton Nascimento and Lô Borges

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Recorded: No info given, album released in 1972

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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

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