Nei Lisboa

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In his fifth album, recorded live in 1992, Nei Lisboa invests in a professional instrumental backing and production, which brings weight and tightness to his catchy melodies and strong lyrics. Social criticism is evident in "Amarycá," "Piratas Do Capitão," "Amém" (institutionalized religion), "O Futuro Do Exterminador" ("repented" torturers), and several others. But there is room for a contemporary and unconventional romanticism, like in "Noites Como Essa" and "Cha Cha Cha Moderno." On this release, Lisboa fulfills the promise made in previous albums, which had his good compositional work, but fell short because of weak instrumental performance. Funk, ballad, rock, reggae, blues, Caribbean grooves, performed with drive and determination, provide a good support for the core of Lisboa's work, his lyrics.