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  • Summary: Experimental Brazilian artist Tom Ze, now nearing 70 years old, continues to challenge with this concept album about the struggles of women in a male-dominated world.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. 100
    Unlike many rockers who cherish childlike ideals only to fall prey to amateurism or whimsy, Ze is aware that kids are both complex in their inventions and earnest in their intentions. [May 2006, p.93]
  2. Pagode will probably be the best love album of the year (and maybe one of the best, period) because Zé has always understood that you can explore feelings without just expressing them.
  3. No other Brazilian composer defies cultural boundaries so eloquently.
  4. 80
    He forges yet another new vision: one that involves psych rock, quirky funk and bossa nova as much as it does hip-hop and electronica. [#19, p.104]
  5. 80
    Folding in lean funk, tender arias and as many catchy tunes as West Side Story, Ze makes his cryptic polemic perfectly enticing. [Jul 2006, p.105]
  6. To Ze's credit, the concept never overshadows the songs which, at their heart, are pop songs.
  7. He's both analytical, distilling songs down to essential parts, and whimsical in his fondness for funny noises. [10 Apr 2006]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 26
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 26
  3. Negative: 3 out of 26
  1. JohnK
    Jun 4, 2006
    This album's getting no love, but it's really outstanding if you understand Tropicalia music AND hip hop, because it takes tropicalia to a new level; the melodies are beautiful, and though some voices are annoying (purposely to reflect different characters' traits) it's enchanting in its diversity and overall spectacular. Expand
  2. AnselmoR.
    Sep 25, 2007
  3. AdrianeC
    Jul 1, 2006
    Best Of 2006
  4. AlessandraF
    Jul 9, 2006
    Listening to Tom Zé can be very dangerous to boredom!
  5. LeandroL
    Dec 19, 2006
    The best!
  6. TóZ
    Jun 6, 2006
    I guess this album is a good pretext to learn portuguese! It's lovely written and has a compelling rhythm structure. For instance, I believe it to be impossible to ignore the intelligent guitar riffs all the way through "Estudando o Pagode..." The lyrics are dense and, most of the time, educationally humorous, as Marianne M has already put it. So, pretty clever music indeed! Expand
  7. [Anonymous]
    May 20, 2006
    This has to be the most irritating music I have heard in a long time. Make you have heard it before you part with your cash. Try Ojos de Brujo to see how it really should be done. Expand

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