From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Studio album by Chico Buarque
Released 1971 (LP)
1988 (CD)
Genre MPB
Length 31:10
Label Phonogram/Philips
Producer Roberto Menescal
Chico Buarque chronology
Chico Buarque de Hollanda (Vol. 4)
Quando o carnaval chegar
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars [1]

Construção is a studio album recorded by the Brazilian musician Chico Buarque, in 1971. It represents a great change in the manner of his artistic style. He started to create his own musical style, although surely there is the influence of bossa nova, as one can observe in the song 'Samba de Orly', composed with Toquinho and Vinicius de Moraes.

Released during military dictatorship, the album is strongly critical of that kind of government, as one can see in "Deus lhe pague", direct criticism to ditactorship, and "Samba de Orly", on the exile of politicians and artist. In this work, Chico Buarque also criticizes the way of life of the Brazilian workers, comparing them to machines in two songs: "Cotidiano" and "Construção".

The album features "Olha Maria", a bittersweet song of stunning beauty also recorded and performed by its cowriter Antonio Carlos Jobim as well as Lee Ritenour, Zimbo Trio and more. Construção ranks Number 3 on Rolling Stone's list of 100 greatest Brazilian albums of all time.[2] The magazine also voted its title-track as the greatest Brazilian song, stating the it "is still a reference to understand a spiny period of Brazilian society".[3] It also ranks Number 54 in the list of the 100 greatest records of the 20th century by German music magazine Spex.[4]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Chico Buarque, except where noted. 

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Deus Lhe Pague"   3:20
2. "Cotidiano"   2:50
3. "Desalento" (Chico Buarque, Vinicius de Moraes) 2:50
4. "Construção"   6:30
Side two
No. Title Length
5. "Cordão"   2:35
6. "Olha Maria" (Tom Jobim, Chico Buarque, Vinicius de Moraes) 3:57
7. "Samba de Orly" (Chico Buarque, Toquinho, Vinicius de Moraes) 2:40
8. "Valsinha" (Chico Buarque, Vinicius de Moraes) 2:00
9. "Minha História" (Adapted by Chico Buarque, written by Lucio Dalla, Paola Pallotino) 3:05
10. "Acalanto"   1:40


  1. ^ Construção at AllMusic
  2. ^ "Os 100 maiores discos da Música Brasileira". Rolling Stone (in Portuguese) 13: 111. October 2007. 
  3. ^ Cavalcanti, Paulo (2009). "As 100 Maiores Músicas Brasileiras - "Construção"". Rolling Stone Brasil (in Portuguese). Spring. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  4. ^