As befits the first week of the year, last week Roling Stone Brasil released their ranking of best Brazilian albums of 2011. Of course, rankings are only worth what they are worth, but this seems like a good sample of some of the main releases of last year. Some of those who made it to the top of the ranking have already paid their visit to BMoF, in particular my school friend Fabio Góes on number 10, Marcelo Camelo on number 6, Chico Buarque on number 5, and Mallu Magalhães on number 3. But the Brazilian album of the year according to RS is Nó na Orelha, by rapper Criolo -- yet it is not a rap album. (Even before the ranking came out, my mother had brought it to me from Brazil as a Christmas present (“you know, for your column!”), as she is a sassy lady who follows closely the latest developments in music and culture. )
I’ve been enjoying Nó na Orelha since, but I’m not sure yet I really ‘get’ it. Still, one of the songs I do get is ‘Não existe amor m SP’ (‘There is no love in São Paulo’); I don’t agree, being a São Paulo native myself and very proud of my home town, but it’s a great song, as you can see for yourself below. And to celebrate his tenth position (awesome!), let me post another song from O destino vestido de noiva, brilliant album by my buddy Góes: ‘Amor na lanterna’, last track of the album.