Zé Ramalho

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This is a typical Zé Ramalho release which will appeal to his broad fan base, but with limited interest out of pop circles. No envelope pushing here, just the regular strummed folk guitars, mellifluous keyboarding, his baritone voice and mix of pop music (mostly ballads, from romantic to nostalgic) with northeastern grooves. The best tracks are "Bomba de estrelas," a composition with the outsider Jorge Mautner written years ago which brings an instigating (in the pop style) electric forró, and "Não existe molhado igual ao pranto," an electric xote, both strong rhythmically, where the great accordionist Sivuca (who did his best to make the rest of the album as good as possible) is a fundamental piece, even if he is tied to the style's conventions.

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