After his most recent and somewhat disappointing cd, singing Raul Seixas
songs, Zé Ramalho seems to be back on a more creative level, as
he suggests in the title. His friendly musical approach guarantees the
listener almost an hour of entertaining northeastern pop music. This time
Z é is responsible for all compositions, both music and lyrics.
The opening "O Gosto da Criação" is a pleasant
surprise and no doubt among the better songs of this album. Guitar
miracle Yamandú Costa makes an impressive guest appearance. As does
percussionist Firmino, they sound great together. A lovely song,
superbly performed. "A Única
Coisa Que Eu Quero" is a typical Zé Ramalho song, quietly babbling
on an lazy but steady rhythm. Robertinho de Recife understands what
looking for on the guitar and sitar. Also very relaxed sounds "Aprendendo
a Vencer," with the steel guitar played by Rick Ferreira. Music the
way we can expect from this 53 year old musician from Paraíba.
Dominguinhos is featured on the lovely "Tudo Que Fiz Foi Viver" and
another remarkable composition "É Praticando Na Vida...," on
which Zé fully discloses his northeastern roots. Like his namesake
Elba Ramalho, Zé also likes to play with arabic influences. He does
that accurately on "Modificando o Olhar," with Glauco Cruz
on the violin. "O Apocalipse de Zé Limeira" is an up tempo
gem, dedicated to the surrealistic thoughts of the poet Limeira.
Unfortunately the album also has its weaker moments, where Zé Ramalho
seems to have dozed off during composing. Like the major cliché called "O
Silêncio dos Inocentes" or an uninspired "Coisas Boas e
Mais." But there's enough left to make this a good album. Zé Ramalho
proves he still has a nice story to tell, musically.