14 Songs, 36 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Even after David Byrne brought him to a new international audience in the early '90s, Tom Zé stayed true to his idiosyncratic artistic impulses. A science-fiction concept album of sorts, Fabrication Defect imagines a near-future third world dystopia in which the poor are turned into corporate-owned automatons. Far from the bleakness that that implies, these defiant, joyously experimental songs range from the trip-hop-like instrumental "Emerê" to the fractured Tropicália of "Esteticar." Zé's conversational vocals recall Lou Reed on the understated "O Olho do Lago."

EDITORS’ NOTES

Even after David Byrne brought him to a new international audience in the early '90s, Tom Zé stayed true to his idiosyncratic artistic impulses. A science-fiction concept album of sorts, Fabrication Defect imagines a near-future third world dystopia in which the poor are turned into corporate-owned automatons. Far from the bleakness that that implies, these defiant, joyously experimental songs range from the trip-hop-like instrumental "Emerê" to the fractured Tropicália of "Esteticar." Zé's conversational vocals recall Lou Reed on the understated "O Olho do Lago."

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