Chico Buarque is an individual with the rare distinction of being widely recognized and respected as both a literary and musical talent. Even more impressive, is his ability to creatively express political and social issues in a form that is effective and equally entertaining. His career has spanned more than 4 decades and has produced a number of critically acclaimed works but none more so widely appreciated than “Construção.”
Chico teamed up with bossa nova stalwart Roberto Menescal, who served as producer, to create an album with an acoustic feel that Chico comfortably sings on. The arrangements are all unique and often dramatic. The title track stands out as the clearest example of this as, percussion Buarque’s vocals and especially the brass section all combine well to create a record that is sonically and lyrically powerful. Cinematic and edgy, “Construção” is a romantic ballad with an underlying message of defiance against the military dictatorship that characterized Brazilian politics at the time.
“Samba De Orly” is an upbeat song that serves as social commentary and is directly followed by, “Valsinha” a solemn and beautiful love story. Juxtaposing tracks of contrasting tones is a re-occurring theme throughout the album and one that showcases Chico’s emotional depth and lyrical versatility.
The general acceptance of this album as a classic is easy to understand and well deserved. The successful and seemingly effortless ability to combine elements of literary, musical and dramatic arts into such a rewarding piece of work is something only a master of all aforementioned crafts could do. If ever there was doubt that Chico Buarque is all that and more, then this album casts all doubts aside.
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Released: 1971 (LP) ,1988 (CD)
Producer: Roberto Menescal
1.”Deus Lhe Pague”
3.”Desalento” (Chico Buarque, Vinicius de Moraes)
6.”Olha Maria” (Tom Jobim, Chico Buarque, Vinicius de Moraes)
7.”Samba de Orly” (Chico Buarque, Toquinho, Vinicius de Moraes)
8.”Valsinha” (Chico Buarque, Vinicius de Moraes)
9.”Minha História” (Adapted by Chico Buarque, written by Lucio Dalla, Paola Pallotino)