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1. MONÓLOGO AO PÉ DO OUVIDO
2. BANDITISMO POR UMA QUESTÃO DE CLASSE
3. RIOS, PONTES E OVERDRIVES
4. A CIDADE
5. A PRAIEIRA
6. SAMBA MAKOSSA 7. DA LAMA AO CAOS
8. MARACATU DE TIRO CERTEIRO
9. SALUSTIANO SONG
12. LIXO DO MANGUE
Special Guest(s): Chico Neves and Jorge do Peixe
Produced by: Liminha
Songs written by: Chico Science, Zero Quatro, Lúcio Maia and Jorge do Peixe.
Chico Science & Nacao Zumbi's debut album represents a seismic shift in Brazilian music from the '60s tropicalia generation headed by Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso and Gal Costa, the post Bossa-Nova of Tom Jobim, Chico Buarque, The post-Troopicália of Novos Baianos, Jards Macalé; the atonal free jazz of Arrigo Barnabé and hir group and last, but not least, the Recife's post-"Desbunde" of Lula Cortes, Laílson, Zé Ramalho, Flaviola and others.
Da Lama Ao Caos is a strong revelation, an organic fusion of the forceful maracatu and Coco rhythms from the Recife region delivered by massed surdo drums with overlays of metal-tinged hard rock counterpointed by a funky James Brown-style rhythm guitar, Chico Science's convincing rap vocals, and the creative sensibility of the dub/mix generation.
The production was signed by Liminha (a former member of Mutantes) and he uses all technology available to create a sound of the roots rhythms of northeastern region from Brazil updated and mixed with samplers, synthesizers, looppings, special effects with processors and all stuff and gear from "Nas Nuvens" Studios.
The opening monologue's twanging berimbau and pounding drums set the tone before sweeping seamlessly into the fuzzy power chords of electric guitar 1 married to funk-riffing attack of electric guitar 2, playing triadic chords with fuzz on "Banditismo por Uma Questao de Classe."
"A Cidade" is another tune where the funky groove played by the rhythm guitar 1 played clean in high region in contrast with another electric guitar using fuzzy power chord playing in the lowest strings.
"A Praieira" is centered on a staggered riff full of melodic and strong phrases that drops down into the parade drumming perfectly plus a second rhythm guitar using Fuzz and Wah-Wah.
"Coco Dub (Afrociberdelia)" is a savvy maiden voyage into dubwise sound science plenty of analog & digital delays.
The artfully layered arrangements and impeccable command of dynamics enables the group to shift gears from the funky "Samba Makossa" to the title track's heavy guitar without missing a beat. Lino Maia's guitar is savagely intelligent throughout, the fierce rhythmic undertow never lets up, and Chico Science's staccato vocal bursts fit the musical framework like a glove.
Rarely can you point to an album as the definitive marker of a change in musical generations, but one new Brazil started with Da Lama Ao Caos. To understand it more, please listen to the MP3 audio clips above on "Tracking List" section.