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Boomkat Product Review:
Though never associated with the Tropicalia movement made popular by his contemporaries, Chico Buarque is considered to be one of Brazil's all-time greatest singer/songwriters. Steeped in a more traditional approach to composition, Buarque's music is immersed in his country's heritage, finding writing partners in the likes of Antonio Carlos Jobim and Vinicius De Moraes, the latter of whom assists on the haunting 'Valsinha', a beautiful marriage of finely plucked nylon-strung guitar and waves of orchestration. You'd never realise that the man behind this beautiful, stirring music was such a controversial figure in his homeland. Chico's political activism, protesting against Brazil's military dictatorship, culminated in his 1968 arrest and subsequent self-imposed exile to Italy. The music found on this collection covers the period of 1970 to 1984, which came after Buarque's return. There's still a theme of resistance in songs like 'Acorda Amor' (Wake Up, Darling) but set against a dainty, playful bossa nova figure - it makes for a pretty strange protest song, but beautiful nonetheless. Highly recommended.