Lô Borges

Um Dia e Meio

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After a couple of years without recording any new material, Lô Borges suddenly bounced back with the surprisingly neat and vital Um Dia e Meio. Ever since the days of the now legendary Clube da Esquina in the early '70s, Borges has had a unique and very personal songwriting style. His music is simple and very easy for the listener to digest, yet it is very far from being banal or predictable. Many critics have found his '80s and '90s output a bit uneven, but there is no doubt that Um Dia e Meio is Borges' best album since A Via Láctea from 1979. The songs are mostly unpretentious but very sweet, sincere, and typically Borges-styled love tunes. The theme of the song lyrics is clearly different here in comparison with the much sadder and more confused lyrics that Borges wrote in the 70s. The lovely, dreamy, and soothing "Por Que Não" that Borges wrote together with the highly acclaimed pop poet Arnaldo Antunes is the track that has the strongest Clube da Esquina sound to it. "Açúcar Sugar" is more rock while the beautiful "Qualquer Lugar" and "Quem Sabe Isso Quer Dizer Amor" sum up the general atmosphere of this excellent album.

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