16 Songs, 1 Hour 3 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Cutting through dissonant MPB grooves and psychedelic weirdness, the avant-garde Luaka Bop release Estudando o Pagode, by Tropicália oddball Tom Zé, brims with striking eccentricity. This 16-track opus about intercouple inequalities hilariously and cleverly follows the relationships of common and supernatural people with quirky stories about machismo (the grunting, stripped-down “Mulher Navio Negreiro”), desire (the bossa nova, piano-laced “Prazer Carnal”), and mundane altercations (the operatic vocal chops of deranged “Duas Opiniões”). The more bizarre it becomes—with its unruly, flamboyant textures—the more charming it gets.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Cutting through dissonant MPB grooves and psychedelic weirdness, the avant-garde Luaka Bop release Estudando o Pagode, by Tropicália oddball Tom Zé, brims with striking eccentricity. This 16-track opus about intercouple inequalities hilariously and cleverly follows the relationships of common and supernatural people with quirky stories about machismo (the grunting, stripped-down “Mulher Navio Negreiro”), desire (the bossa nova, piano-laced “Prazer Carnal”), and mundane altercations (the operatic vocal chops of deranged “Duas Opiniões”). The more bizarre it becomes—with its unruly, flamboyant textures—the more charming it gets.

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