Renato Teixeira

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Reissue of the LP released in 1984, here is Renato Teixeira, still an insecure interpreter/composer in the sense that he was forced to engage in mainstream pop arrangements/thematic (he even dedicated a song to the pop emperor Caetano Veloso, an improbable icon in Teixeira's upcountry universe) to survive in his initial years (seven years after Elis Regina recorded his "Romaria," with enormous success). The album doesn't represent the true character of this regional composer/interpreter, always going deeper in the soul of the caipira paulista (São Paulo's state redneck) tradition. Instead, he is suffocated here by electric guitars, synthesizers, and pop rhythms. The album is previous to the 20-plus years of association between Teixeira and Nathan Marques, a talented arranger/artisan who creatively bridged the gap between popular taste and Teixeira's regional delicacy. None of the songs marked Teixeira's career.

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