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Supervielle: Rêverie



Luciano Supervielle's second solo album, Rêverie, brilliantly sequences live and studio recordings to spin a concert that is almost symphonic in scope, but the French-Uruguayan composer (and keyboardist for Bajofondo) draws his tonal pictures from a small group of instrumentalists who speak jazz, tango, and rock fluently with the sweet accents of the Río de la Plata. The title is a nod to Claude Debussy's piano classic "Rêverie," and Supervielle makes the ivories sing in the haunting opener "Zizou" and the dramatic finale, "Un poco a lo Felisberto." In between, "El príncipe" adds the nostalgic voice of a violin to the keyboard, but three of the most memorable songs on the album sing with human voices: "No soy un extraño," sung by Supervielle in French, recaps Charly García's 1983 classic surrealist-infused lament; the '80s are again revisited in "Gritar," sung by Gabriel Peluffo, who originated the punk hymn with Los Estómagos; and "Índios" introduces newcomer Luisa Pereira on vocals. Written by the late Renato Russo of the Brazilian rock group Legião Urbana, Supervielle's version of the Morrissey-influenced song is transformed into a raucous cry against colonialism. The Occupy movement could use an anthem — hope they hear this one.

★★★★ (out of 5 stars)


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