PRINT December 2007


Damon Krukowski


1 Robert Wyatt, Comicopera (Domino) Written in the melancholy, self-reflective mode of Rock Bottom (1974), Comicopera includes one of Wyatt’s loveliest pop melodies, the bittersweet “Just as You Are.” A lyrical account of life in one’s sixties, to file alongside Wyatt’s indelible work from the 1960s.

2 Caetano Veloso, (Nonesuch) In his own document of middle age, Veloso subjects his songs to plastic surgery by enlisting twenty- and thirty-something musicians as a backing band. Their wiry energy and Caetano’s coruscatingly honest lyrics make this a red convertible of a record.

3 Various, Brazil 70: After Tropicalia (Soul Jazz) A compilation of Brazilian pop made during the ’70s military dictatorship that had exiled many of the preceding decade’s cultural innovators. The government clearly failed to stifle the energy and exuberance of MPB (Popular Brazilian Music) groups like

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