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América Brasil: O CD ao Vivo

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AllMusic Review by Jason Birchmeier

América Brasil ao Vivo is an in-concert CD/DVD recording by Seu Jorge that serves as a document of his world tour in support of the album América Brasil (2007). Many of the songs from that album are performed, among them "Trabalhador," "América do Norte," "Burguesinha," "Mina do Condomínio," and a couple others. There are also old favorites such as "Carolina" from the album Samba Esporte Fino (2001), "Tive Razão" from Cru (2004), and "É Isso Aí (The Blower's Daughter)" from Ana & Jorge (2005). The concert recording dates back to January 31, 2009, at Citibank Hall in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Above all, it's worth noting that Jorge performs with a relatively large band here, and the fuller arrangements give even the most familiar songs like "Carolina" a different feel than before. The emphasis on the América Brasil material is fortunate because there are already several live releases in Jorge's back catalog that feature the highlights from his earlier studio albums. The CD version of América Brasil ao Vivo includes the previously unreleased studio recording "Pessoal Particular," whereas the DVD version includes a few extra songs not heard on the CD, including a live version of "Pessoal Particular." Both versions conclude with a spare performance of "São Gonça" from the album Cru that finds the audience not only singing along but also clapping along to the song to such an extent that Jorge stops the music altogether and finishes the song in chorus with his fans. Another performance highlight is "É Isso Aí (The Blower's Daughter)," where again the audience sings in unison with Jorge and where Damien Rice makes an appearance on-stage for the song. All things considered, América Brasil ao Vivo is a little disappointing relative to Jorge's previous live releases, in part because the showman-like, big-band arrangements take away from the original, more intimately performed studio versions of the featured songs and also in part because the performance feels a bit hasty, as if all the musicians on-stage were road-weary from all the touring and just wanted to get the show on the road.

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