The only song with English lyrics on Aline Muniz’s third album closes it and is named “Love is Pure”.
The last track of “Outra”, the
album that follows “Da Pá Virada” (2008) and “Onde Tudo Faz Sentido” (2011),
was initially called “Africa” for Aline emulated African vocals that
accompanied the melody before it had its final lyrics.
Although it is
the only one whose lyrics are not in Portuguese, this soothing vocals song
gives just a hint of the two-year working process and what we can find in it.
In 2013, after
ending her works with “Onde Tudo Faz Sentido”, Aline put herself (and was also
put) off her comfort zone.
Her work with
her partner Marco de Vita yielded sharp results. Yet, why not mess with a winning
The name that
came up was Dudu Marote, a wizard at the electro-pop mix, whose curriculum
includes the knockout albums by Skank, Jota Quest and Pato Fu to name a few.
away during the one-year period in which she went through the chosen tracks
fused to the point that Marote was amazed to record rock played with distorted
And that is also where the album
title comes from.
It is Aline, but it is another
The chords, once intricate,
The working methodology, too.
And so did programming, choruses.
Everything got simpler.
And Aline let aside her
heart-only approach to choose the songs.
If then the tracks were picked
exclusively from the songs that touched her soul, now her shuttle trips from
São Paulo to New York (where she lives virtually half of the time) made her see
that pop is much wider than our short-sighted radio-eyes can see.
There is also more than a pinch
of spice in the title choice.
Many of the songs speak of
Or, at least, are filled with
“Outra” is also the mistress,
“the other” as we say in Portuguese.
The one who always comes drenched
in a spicy mix, dressed more seductively.
The outcome is an album that is
both simple and rich in its textures, arrangements and timbers, while explosive
in its celebration.
As a trained classical dancer,
she noticed the cry for buoyancy throughout her circle of friends of several
generations, musicians, dancers, artists.
“It’s all so dense and loaded.
It’s time for something that allows us to live life.”
“Outra” does that on the three
quarters of an hour it lasts.
It opens with a bulky sound,
irresistible black groove that soaks Brazilian popular accent in “Tem que Ter
Aline’s Electro Brazilian Popular
Music is strengthened in “Só Sua”, in which the blend between electro and
organic texture pops up in the samples and percussion.
“Dançando com a
Vida” – the first of the three produced by Rodrigo Campello (the other two are
“Eu e Você e Mais Ninguém” and “Assim é se lhe Parece”) – has the so called
“beautiful guitar groove” (as Aline refers to) in a smooth ballad packed with
textures and the piano that floats along the song.
Just when we
think we understand Aline’s proposal, there she comes with a grooving funk
footed on its brass section in “A Noite Vai Dizer”.
On the same
steaming funk feel, we find “Meu Bom”, Tim Maia’s style, and “Sonhos Roubados”,
this last one heavier on Carioca accent.
Then the album
moves back to that soft tone in “Eu Me Rendo”, with Aline’s cool voice and
hypnotic groove that has something of what the Chilli Peppers made in their
best ode-to-funk moments.
“Eu e Você e
Mais Ninguém” is a swing-packed electronic bossa nova. A mix of electronic
styles takes over in the dance-like “Assim é se lhe Parece”.
The hard rock I
mentioned at the beginning is named “A Dois”, which starts with a deceiving
acoustic guitar beat and explodes in a powerful and energetic rock.
track is the equally pre-mentioned “Love is Pure” (once called “Africa”,
Simple as that.
Or intricate as
partying, dancing and celebrating. Always.