Os Mutantes
A Divina Comédia ou Ando Meio Desligado


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by Zig USER (9 Reviews)
October 7th, 2020 | 16 replies


Release Date: 1970 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Mutantes reach their creative peak

After the band's involvement in the Tropicália movement, Arnaldo Baptista, Sérgio Dias and Rita Lee decided to abandon the more Brazilian elements present in the two previous albums, “Os Mutantes” in 1968 and “Mutantes” in 1969, and move on to pure psychedelic rock. The truth is that this change has only brought good things. The influences of Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin are more evident than ever, experimentalism gains new ground, and Rita Lee unleashes her wild voice.

Launched in 1970, “A Divina Comédia ou Ando Meio Desligado” is not only a milestone in the group's career, but also in Brazilian music. On side A, the blues and soul take the reins, with a greater involvement of the electric organ. Opening with "Ando Meio Desligado", a contagiously soft psychedelic music with expertly timed flourishes of the piano and the courteous voice of Rita Lee, who assumes the vocal functions in most of the album.

Another element very present in this album is humor, and "Quem Tem Medo de Brincar de Amo" is one of several examples. In addition to the incredible energy and irresistible rhythm, the song is in fact a parody with Rita Lee singing in Portuguese with an American accent. Without forgetting, of course, one of the best tracks, "Meu Refrigerador Não Funciona", which opens with a kind of tribute to Janis Joplin, and then moves on to a scene of frustration and melancholy in the face of the serious problem mentioned.

When passed to side B, we find a more progressive and doo-wop sound. The band gloriously demonstrates this with "Hey Boy", a really fascinating song, with a mini guitar solo, featuring strong distortion. The effects on the voices grow and the music ends with a car accident. Like most songs, "Preciso Urgentemente Encontrar um Amigo", by Roberto Carlos and Erasmo Carlos, presents a deceptively simple interaction between the organ and the guitars.

Still to mention, "Chão de Estrelas" perfectly incorporates Arnaldo Baptista's acoustic sound and circus music, with the instrumental track that closes the disc, "Oh! Mulher Infiel" starts with a tribal drums and screams before the entrance of the heavily distorted electric guitar and organ, which still goes through a section with a honky tonk-style piano. Such an innovative song that, honestly, has not been recreated for decades.

In short, “A Divina Comédia Ou Ando Meio Desligado” is a very successful cannibal mix of a series of genres too large to measure, but always framed in an atmosphere of humor and experimentalism. The range of songs shows an amazing variety of styles expressed with the sincerity that only a group like Os Mutantes can offer. In October 2007, the album was listed by Rolling Stone Brazil in 22nd place in the list of the 100 best records of Brazilian music.



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Zig
October 7th 2020


2279 Comments


Reviewless masterpiece #5

Here you have it, Dewinged ;)

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
October 7th 2020


22971 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

YOU THE MAN!!



LOVE this review, Zig, much appreciated!



" the song is in fact a parody with Rita Lee singing in Portuguese with an American accent"



See? I would have never caught this!

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e210013
October 7th 2020


3167 Comments


Good work, amigo. This is one of the bands that needs some more love. This is even more true with bands that use their native language instead of the English. Pos.

SandwichBubble
October 7th 2020


12458 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hell yeah, Zig always reviewing the good stuff.

Man, that album art is crusty, lemme just fix that.

DadKungFu
October 7th 2020


877 Comments


I've asked a few people from Brazil about this and not a single one has heard of it. Great album, great band tho

ArsMoriendi
October 7th 2020


32840 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I still need to hear this since I love their first 2

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ReturnToRock
October 7th 2020


4097 Comments


Do the Secos & Molhados album next!

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
October 8th 2020


22971 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Rita Lee is so good on this. I later checked her solo stuff too and it's also pretty good.



First track off this is one of my favorite songs of 1970.

DDDeftoneDDD
November 20th 2020


15433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

jamming rn

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DDDeftoneDDD
November 20th 2020


15433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

daaaaamn

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
November 20th 2020


22971 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

My man!

DDDeftoneDDD
November 20th 2020


15433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

70 eh? ufff



honestly I think only those cartoon/clown samples were a bit too much...but if you consider it, everything here is too much for its own good.

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
November 20th 2020


22971 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Lol yeah, they are ridiculous, but I don't know they kinda fit.



The first half is godly.

DDDeftoneDDD
November 20th 2020


15433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

indeed amigo!

ArsMoriendi
December 26th 2020


32840 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hey Boy is soooo good

ArsMoriendi
December 26th 2020


32840 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Upon first listen: I prefer their first 2, but this is still quite good



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