Milton Nascimento


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Here is Milton Nascimento caught live in Belo Horizonte, Brazil in front of a huge orchestra, sugary children and adult choruses -- the works. Such is the larger-than-life quality of his now-huskier baritone and eerie falsetto that he dominates even this vast apparatus with all of his earthy vitality intact. But although Nascimento has used big orchestras effectively before, the soupy textures and lugubrious weight of the tempos here are more appropriate for a Three Tenors' blowout. Blame the team of arrangers, Nelson Ayres mostly, for the overblown sound that cancels out many of Nascimento's influences from several continents. The material ranges from many points in Nascimento's career, with classics like "Vera Cruz" and "Paulo e Bebeto," a touch of Jobim ("Eu Sei Que Vou Te Amar"), and even César Franck's classical chorale "Panis Angelicus." Yet the orchestrations homogenize everything for the conservative international pop crowd. Skip, unless you're a complete Milton-ian.

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