Pedro Luís (1960) is an obstinate musician who rapidly found
his way in the Brazilian music scene. Sometimes, though, he and his
band tend to sound a bit chaotic to me. Vocals drown a bit in the
heavy percussion. This CD Zona e Progresso by Pedro Luís
e A Parede (PLAP) sounds more accessible although not all songs reach
the same high level.
The opening "Batalha Naval" is nothing less than a great popsong.
Percussion is (of course) still the strong force. Together with special
(guitar) effects, they create a solid basis for the vocals. It sets
the tone for the CD. "Morbidance" continues that sentiment in Northeastern
directions with Carlos Fuchs, a guest keyboard player, and a deep
sounding bass line. "Parte Coração" is a gentle bossa-influenced
song with a friendly sounding Rodrigo Campello on 7-string guitar.
"De Queixo" has a bit of Alceu Valença in it, indicating that
Pedro Luís (from Tijuca, Rio) finds inspiration in the "Nordeste
do Brasil." The title song, "Zona e Progresso," is another highlight
of the album. Funky bass line, strong rhythm again; wonderful composition.
"Do Leme ao Leblon" is a good example of Rio's samba rock, with a
plucking bassist. Pedro Luís is the lead vocalist, but this
group of percussionists (Sidon Silva, C.A. Ferrari, Mário Moura
and Celso Alvim) participates in the vocals as well in this band.
That adds to the different colors PLAP is able to create.
Batucada is (as said) the main force; but good compositions and a
healthy sense of humor make this a wonderful (third) CD by a band
that seems to have found a well-deserved place in Brazilian samba-rock.