Caetano Veloso 

Ce (Nonesuch)

Caetano Veloso is pissed, and he wants to share this with you by going back to basics in his new CD of original music, which was quickly recorded with the backing of a simple rock trio. ‘Não Me Arrependo’ (I Have No Regrets) refers to his recent breakup (“Not the biggest of your mistakes/or my mistakes/or my remorse/will make it disappear”) — beginning with a drowsy bassline, it evolves as the melody follows the despair in the singer’s voice. ‘Odeio’ (I Hate) is the disc’s  heaviest moment, with a long electric guitar riff that introduces lyrics containing mixed imagery that culminates with the refrain “I hate you, I hate you.” Among the weaker moments is ‘Porque?’, with its feeble jazz arrangement. That, however, does not mar the disc’s overall quality, for the music surprises you far more than it disappoints. Just the beauty of  ‘Waly Salomão’, hastily written  in tribute to Veloso’s longtime friend (who died shortly before the recording sessions) is worth the price alone.   

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