Stela Campos

Hotel Continental

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On Hotel Continental Stela Campos continues to develop the concept of her last album, Fim de Semana, elegantly mixing melancholic folk-rock with electronica. The lyrics again revolve around everyday events and worries of middle class people. The nice opening track "Edma M Vai Tocando a Vida Adiante" immediately sets the tone of the record, and the lovely "Cassino," with its airy keyboard sound, is one of the highlights of the album. "Bandeira 2" stands out from the rest of the tracks because of its light of hip-hop beat. Three of the tracks have English lyrics, a fact that comes across as a bit odd, but actually sounds just right on one of them, namely the acoustic guitar and mouth organ-based ballad "Johnny Cash." The second English language song, "Sofia Is Swimming," is also fine, while the third, "Girl from 33" sounds like a pale Velvet Underground pastiche. Another highlight is the muffled, electronic "Agosto." The production and electronic sound effects are excellent, which is a to be expected with contributions from some of Brazil's most well-known producers and electronica artists as Maurício Bussab, Fernando Catatau, Maurício Takara, DJ Periférico, Rian Batista, Kuki Stolarski, Adriana Leão, Ana Eliza Colomar and Du Moreira. Hotel Continental is a bit more concise and easy to digest than Fim de Semana, without ever becoming more banal. In short, Hotel Continental is a perfect soundtrack for, let's say, a typical moderately dreary autumn day.

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