O Descobrimento do Brasil (album)

O Descobrimento do Brasil
Studio album by Legião Urbana
Released November 1993
Recorded September/November 1993
Genre Alternative rock, psychedelic rock, art rock
Length 51:33
Label EMI-Odeon
Producer Mayrton Bahia
Legião Urbana chronology
Música P/ Acampamentos
(1992)
O Descobrimento do Brasil
(1993)
A Tempestade, ou O Livro dos Dias
(1996)

O Descobrimento do Brasil (Portuguese for The Discovery of Brazil) is the sixth studio album by Brazilian rock band Legião Urbana. Released in November 1993, it sold more than a half million copies and received a Double Platinum Certification by ABPD.[1]

O Descobrimento do Brasil received extremely mixed reviews at the time it was released, what made Renato Russo state on an interview:

It is very annoying to know that something that gave us so much work will be judged by a guy who listens to only two or three seconds of a song to say this or that. There was a review of O Descobrimento do Brasil that I have memorized, so ridiculous it was: "[T]he Brazil discovered by Legião Urbana [is] as disappointing as the corruption denouncements of the CPI." Gosh! There was a lady who said: "The lyrics are incoherent, senseless, like in 'Meu tornozelo coça por causa de mosquitos/Estou com cabelos molhados/Me sinto livre.'"[2] Geez, or this lady never took a shower, or she never went to the beach, or there are no mosquitoes in São Paulo.[3]

Contents

Track listing

All lyrics written by Renato Russo, all music composed by Legião Urbana.

No. Title English title Length
1. "Vinte e Nove"   Twenty Nine 3:43
2. "A Fonte"   The Fountain 3:56
3. "Do Espírito"   Of the Spirit 3:22
4. "Perfeição"   Perfection 4:37
5. "O Passeio da Boa Vista" (instrumental) The Walkway of Boa Vista 2:02
6. "O Descobrimento do Brasil"   The Discovery of Brazil 5:03
7. "Os Barcos"   The Boats 2:52
8. "Vamos Fazer um Filme"   Let's Make a Film 4:21
9. "Os Anjos"   The Angels 2:04
10. "Um Dia Perfeito"   A Perfect Day 3:25
11. "Giz"   Chalk 3:23
12. "Love in the Afternoon"     4:26
13. "La Nuova Gioventù"   The New Youth 4:03
14. "Só por Hoje"   Just for Today 4:03

Covers

Argentinian punk rock band Attaque 77 made a cover of "Perfeição". They also made a cover of Legião's "Fábrica", of the album Dois.

Trivia

  • Renato Russo said in 1994 that he considered the track "Giz" his masterpiece.
  • The track "Love in the Afternoon" was made in honor of Luís, a friend of Renato Russo who was murdered in front of a nightclub.
  • The title of the track "Só por Hoje" references the motto of the Alcoholics Anonymous.
  • A music video was made for the track "Perfeição". It was the last music video of the band.

References

  1. ^ Legião Urbana at ABPD (Portuguese)
  2. ^ "My ankle itches because of the mosquitoes/My hair is wet/I feel free." An excerpt of Legião's song "L'Âge d'Or", present in the album V.
  3. ^ Book Conversações com Renato Russo, Editora Letra Livre.

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