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Construção album cover.png
Studio album by Chico Buarque
Released 1971
Length 31:10
Language Portuguese
Label Philips Records
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]
Music Story 5/5 stars[2]
Virgin Encyclopedia of Popular Music 4/5 stars[2]

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.[3] 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".[4] It also ranks Number 54 in the list of the 100 greatest records of the 20th century by German music magazine Spex.[5] On September 2012, it was elected by the audience of Radio Eldorado FM, of e of Caderno C2+Música (both the latter belong to newspaper O Estado de S. Paulo) as the sixth best Brazilian album ever.[6]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written 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


Credits adapted from AllMusic and Construção's liner notes.[1][7]


  1. ^ a b "Construção - Chico Buarque". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved January 6, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Construção". Acclaimed Music. Retrieved January 6, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Os 100 maiores discos da Música Brasileira". Rolling Stone (in Portuguese). 13: 111. October 2007. 
  4. ^ Cavalcanti, Paulo (2009). "As 100 Maiores Músicas Brasileiras - "Construção"". Rolling Stone Brasil (in Portuguese). Spring. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
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  6. ^ Bomfim, Emanuel (7 September 2012). "'Ventura' é eleito o melhor disco brasileiro de todos os tempos". Combate Rock (in Portuguese). Grupo Estado. Retrieved 28 January 2016. 
  7. ^ Chico Buarque (1971). Construção (Media notes). Philips Records. 

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