Readers may recall that this column is officially having a summer break, but I did mention that I might feel the sudden urge to post something, and indeed... I am now at the beautiful Chapada dos Veadeiros national park, and for the drive from Brasilia to here I borrowed a cd I used to like a lot but haven't listened to for many years: Caetano Veloso's Circulado (with a ^ at the last 'o', but this text editor doesn't allow for it), released in 1991. It has many great songs ('Boas vindas', 'Itapua', 'Lindeza') and some weird ones too ('Ela ela', 'O cu do mundo'), but generally speaking it is a coherent, conceptual album. Those familiar with Brazilian music probably know that Caetano Veloso has been one of the most influential, perhaps *the* most influential, Brazilian singer of the last decades. I haven't been following his work very closely in the 2000s, but in the 1990s he recorded some great albuns, and Circulado is one of them (as well as its 'sequel', Circulado ao vivo (live); Caetano is very fond of live albuns).
My very favorite song from this album is without a doubt the first one, 'Fora da ordem'. I remembered it being a cool song, but listening to it yesterday made me realize it is truly fantastic: great lyrics, great percussion, and great singing arrangement -- especially at the end, with the main chorus sung in a bunch of different languages (English, Spanish, French, Japanese). Clearly, this couldn't wait until after the summer break!