Nheengatu (album)

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Nheengatu
Studio album by Titãs
Released May 12, 2014
Recorded 2014 at Estúdio Trama in São Paulo, Brazil. Mixed at Estúdio Tambor and mastered at Magic Master (both in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)[1]
Genre Rock, punk rock
Label Som Livre
Producer Rafael Ramos
Titãs chronology
Cabeça Dinossauro ao Vivo 2012
(2012)
Nheengatu
(2014)

Nheengatu is the fourteenth studio album by Brazilian rock band Titãs, released in May 12, 2014.[2][3][4] It is their first studio album with session drummer Mario Fabre, who replaced Charles Gavin, and also their first release through Som Livre and producer Rafael Ramos.[2][3][4] The album was dedicated to Rachel Salém,[1] Paulo Miklos' wife who died on July 23, 2013 of lung cancer.[5]

The album is considered a back-to-the-roots work, with Titãs departing from the soft, romantic and electronic arrangements from the previous album, Sacos Plásticos, and returning to the heavier sound of their Cabeça Dinossauro and Titanomaquia times.[6][7][8] The lyrics are also more bitter, dealing with topics such as pedophilia, police brutality, violence against women, sexual, racial and social discrimination.[6][7][9][8]

Background[edit]

The first mention of the album dates back to as early as May 2010, just after Charles Gavin left the band. When asked about the future projects of the band, keyboardist, vocalist and bassist Sérgio Britto stated that Titãs would prepare a new album in 2011.[10]

Since then, nothing was said. In the 2012-14 period, Titãs carried out their Futuras Instalações (Future Installments) and Titãs Inédito (Titãs Unseen) Tours, in which, apart from hits, they performed several new songs, for testing purposes.[11][12] Some of those songs would be featured in a new album then expected for a 2012-13 release.[13] Indeed, ten out of the 14 tracks off the album were already performed live during the aforementioned tours.[14] That tour was succeeded by the Cabeça Dinossauro ao Vivo 2012 Tour and the celebration of the band's 30th anniversary.

In March 2013, new comments suggested that the band was indeed preparing new material. While recording a new video for their song "Cabeça Dinossauro" as part of the soundtrack for the Brazilian film Vai que Dá Certo, they informed Mônica Bergamo that they would start essaying for their new album, then expected for the second half of that year.[15] The Cabeça Dinossauro anniversary tour played a major role in defining the direction of the album.[15] At the time, Britto commented:[15]

In that interview, the band also informed they had the intention of releasing an independent album.[15]

In November 2013, vocalist and guitarist Paulo Miklos confirmed the band would begin works on a new album on April or May 2014.[12] At the occasion, he said the album would be "heavy, dirty, and mean".[12] Around the same time, Sérgio Britto stated that the band asked Andreas Kisser to produce the album, but he couldn't accept for conflicting schedules with Sepultura.[16] Later, Britto confirmed the album would be released in early May and that the band was already recording songs on studio.[17]

In March, radio Globo FM informed that the album would be released in April via Som Livre and would feature 14 tracks.[18] In April 16, the band announced at their official Facebook page that the album was ready and would be released in May.[19] On 28 April, they announced the title, cover and release date for the album.[2]

Concept[edit]

The Tower of Babel, Pieter Bruegel's painting that inspired the album cover art.

The name of the album means "General Language"[3] and is a reference to the artificial language created by the Jesuits in Brazil to ease the communication between the Indigenous peoples in Brazil and the Portuguese colonizers.[2] As for the cover, it is based on the painting De "Kleine" Toren van Babel, by Pieter Bruegel.[2][3][4] It depicts the Tower of Babel, a mythical tower built by men to reach the heavens, but destroyed by God's rage, which resulted in they being spread over the Earth, causing new languages to develop, thus making it difficult for different peoples to understand each other.[2]

At their official Facebook nnouncement, the band explained:[20]

In one of the first occasions in which the band sessioned with its new formation (four members, session drummer and no other supporting musicians), Miklos came up with a manifesto of sorts, explaining how Titãs should be from that moment on.[14] Each member "understood it in a different way", but the band ended up finding a common point.[14] From there on, according to Britto, the band started to work on two ideas: "that we were going to make a raw rock album and that it should contain an explicit brazilianity".[14]

Commenting on the influence of Cabeça Dinossauro on the album, guitarist Tony Bellotto explained that the moment of Brasil at the time of the album's preparation could be compared to the moment Brasil experienced at the time of Cabeça Dinossauro (1986):[21]

Reception[edit]

Critical[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Rolling Stone Brasil 4/5 stars[8]
Omelete 4/5 stars[22]

Nheengatu received generally positive reviews from music critics, with all of them drawing comparisons with the band's older albums (specially Cabeça Dinossauro, Jesus Não Tem Dentes no País dos Banguelas and Titanomaquia).

Bernardo Araujo from O Globo labeled the album as "great" and called it "one of the most well performed Titãs' albums, and certanily the best in many years".[6] He also praised the album's sound, which is, according to him, reminiscent of Cabeça Dinossauro, Jesus não Tem Dentes no País dos Banguelas, Tudo Ao Mesmo Tempo Agora and Titanomaquia.[6] Commenting on the lyrics, he said: "Pedophilia, prejudice, racism, poverty, drugs... there's no thorny topic that doesn't pass through this Nheengatu album's lyrics."[6]

Leonardo Rodrigues from UOL Música said the album "might be the last great Titãs album - or just the first of a new phase".[23] Commenting on the band's line-up, he stated the group found in it "their best studio album since the 1995 Domingo."[23] He praised the heaviness of "Fardado" (which he saw as an upgrade on "Polícia"), "Pedofilia", "Baião de Dois" and "Senhor".[23]

Julio Maria of O Estado de S. Paulo labeled the album as "strong" and praised the album for its unobvious metrics, while the melodies "demand two auditions, when they penetrate forever".[24] He also stated that "here, Titãs take down a prejudice that was growing strong with every album released by an eighties' band: the idea that the strength or rock and roll had its days numbered, and that nobody above their 35s could make it as they did at their twenties."[24]

André Rrodrigues of the Brazilian edition of Rolling Stone considered Nheengatu Titãs' best album in years[8] and also heard similarities with Cabeça Dinossauro and Titanomaquia. He concluded his reviews by saying: "Nheengatu is a punch in the face from the beginning to the end".[8]

Regis Tadeu from Yahoo! News Brazil called Nheengatu a "beautiful album, specially coming from a group that had reached the bottom of the well in artistic terms with their two previous albums".[25] He also pointed the absence of ballads and called its words "straigh and agressive".[25]

Omelete's Kaluan Bernardo called the album "good, sincere and urgent" and stated that Titãs are the "true survivors" (in reference to the line "quem vive sobrevive", from the track "Cadáver Sobre Cadáver", which translates as "who lives survives") for them being still active even after losing half its members and being neglected after Sacos Plásticos.[22]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Lead vocals Length
1. "Fardado" (Uniformed) Britto, Paulo Miklos Sérgio Britto 2:28
2. "Mensageiro da Desgraça" (Messenger of Disgrace) Miklos, Tony Bellotto, Britto Miklos 3:29
3. "República dos Bananas" (Republic of the Fools[nb 1]) Mello, Angeli, Hugo Possolo, Emerson Villani Branco Mello 2:02
4. "Fala, Renata" (Speak, Renata) Bellotto, Miklos, Britto Britto 3:01
5. "Cadáver Sobre Cadáver" (Corpse on Top of Corpse) Miklos, Arnaldo Antunes Miklos 2:55
6. "Canalha (Walter Franco cover)" (Scumbag) Walter Franco Mello 3:16
7. "Pedofilia" (Pedophilia) Britto, Miklos, Bellotto Britto 2:02
8. "Chegada ao Brasil (Terra à Vista)" (Arrival in Brazil (Land in Sight)) Mello, Villani, Aderbal Freire Mello 2:22
9. "Eu Me Sinto Bem" (I Feel Good) Bellotto, Britto, Miklos Britto 2:04
10. "Flores Pra Ela" (Flowers for Her) Britto, Mario Fabre Miklos 3:31
11. "Não Pode" (It's Not Permitted To) Britto Britto 2:14
12. "Senhor" (Lord) Bellotto Mello 2:51
13. "Baião de Dois[nb 2]"   Miklos Miklos 2:43
14. "Quem São os Animais?" (Who Are the Animals?) Britto Britto 2:21
Total length:
37:12 [26]

Personnel[1][edit]

Session member

Technical staff[edit]

  • Rafael Ramos - producing
  • Jorge Guerreiro - recording
  • Vitor Farias - mixing
  • Ricardo Garcia - mastering
  • Cristina Doria - executive producer
  • André Rola - graphic design

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ A word play on "República das Bananas" (Republic of the Bananas) and the fact that "banana" in Portuguese means both the fruit or a fool, a loser.
  2. ^ Lit. "Baião of Two", a Northeastern Brazil typical dish

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c (2014). "Nheengatu liner notes". In Nheengatu [CD booklet]. São Paulo: Som Livre.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Novo disco dos Titãs se chama 'Nheengatu' e tem pintura de Bruegel na capa". Vírgula (in Portuguese). Universo Online. 28 April 2014. Retrieved 28 April 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d Souza, Henrique Inglez de (28 April 2014). "Titãs: novo álbum chama-se 'Nheengatu' e será lançado em maio". Guitar Player (in Portuguese). Universo Online. Retrieved 28 April 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c Vieira, João Victor (28 April 2014). "Novo álbum do Titãs está pronto e será lançado em maio". Reduto do Rock (in Portuguese). Retrieved 28 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "Morre Rachel Salém, mulher do cantor Paulo Miklos". Caras (in Portuguese). Grupo Abril. 24 July 2013. Retrieved 12 May 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c d e Araujo, Bernardo (14 May 2014). "Crítica: ‘Nheengatu’, a hidra de quatro cabeças dos Titãs". O Globo (in Portuguese). Rio de Janeiro: Organizações Globo. Retrieved 15 May 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Menezes, Thales de (16 May 2014). "Titãs misturam 'Cabeça Dinossauro' e 'Titanomaquia' em álbum de inéditas". Folha de S. Paulo (in Portuguese). São Paulo: Grupo Folha. Retrieved 16 May 2014. 
  8. ^ a b c d e André, Rodrigues (16 June 2014). "Guia de CDs - nheengatu". Rolling Stone Brasil (in Portuguese). Spring. Retrieved 27 June 2014. 
  9. ^ Del Ré, Adriana (21 May 2014). "Titãs criam crônicas da sociedade atual conduzidas pelo rock pesado". O Estado de S. Paulo (in Portuguese). Grupo Estado. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  10. ^ Campanharo, Carol (25 May 2010). "TITÃS: Sérgio Britto fala sobre a saída de Charles Gavin". Extra (in Portuguese). Infoglobo. Retrieved 28 April 2014. 
  11. ^ "Voltar Titãs - Inédito - Metrópolis 15/10/2013". Metrópolis. TV Cultura. 16 October 2013. Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
  12. ^ a b c Bernardo, Kaluan; Amado, Miguel; Luz, Camila (3 November 2013). "Perdidos entrevista: Paulo Miklos (Titãs)". 
  13. ^ "Titãs apresenta o show "Futuras Instalações" nesta sexta em SP" (in Portuguese). UOL Música. 2011-10-28. Retrieved 2 November 2011. 
  14. ^ a b c d Essinger, Silvio (14 May 2014). "Em novo disco, a fúria renovada dos Titãs". O Globo (in Portuguese). São Paulo: Organizações Globo. Retrieved 15 May 2014. 
  15. ^ a b c d Bergamo, Mônica (24 March 2014). "Com 30 anos de estrada, Titãs se unem à nova geração do humor em filme e preparam disco". Folha de S.Paulo (in Portuguese). Grupo Folha. Retrieved 28 April 2014. 
  16. ^ "Rock Brasil Cast – Edição #10". Rock Brasil Cast (in Portuguese). 4 November 2013. Retrieved 23 July 2014. 
  17. ^ "O rock dos Titãs". Tribuna do Norte. 14 February 2014. Retrieved 14 February 2014. 
  18. ^ "Titãs vai lançar novo álbum em abril". Globo FM (in Portuguese). Organizações Globo. 10 March 2014. Retrieved 11 March 2014. 
  19. ^ "Announcement". Titãs official Facebook page. Facebook. 16 April 2014. Retrieved 16 April 2014. 
  20. ^ "Anúncio do álbum". Titã's official page. Facebook. 28 April 2014. Retrieved 28 April 2014. 
  21. ^ Peixoto, Mariana (18 May 2014). "Titãs para quem precisa" [Titãs for the ones who need it]. Estado de Minas (in Portuguese) (Diários Associados) (26,396): 7. Retrieved 23 May 2014. 
  22. ^ a b Bernardo, Kaluan (24 May 2014). "Nheengatu - Titãs - Crítica". Omelete (in Portuguese). Retrieved 20 July 2014. 
  23. ^ a b c Rodrigues, Leonardo (20 May 2014). "Com os olhos no passado, Titãs lança o melhor disco em duas décadas". UOL Música (in Portuguese). São Paulo: Grupo Folha. Retrieved 20 May 2014. 
  24. ^ a b Maria, Julio (21 May 2014). "Forte, novo disco recoloca os Titãs como um dos principais grupos do País". O Estado de S. Paulo (in Portuguese). Grupo Estado. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  25. ^ a b Tadeu, Regis (2 July 2014). "Titãs retomam o seu poder de fogo em “Nheengatu”". Yahoo! News Brazil (in Portuguese). Yahoo!. Retrieved 20 July 2014. 
  26. ^ Nheengatu on iTunes