CITY OF GOD (Original Soundtrack)
ANTONIO PINTO & ED CORTES
set in the 1960s & '70s, Antônio Pinto Junior & Ed Côrtez' swinging soundtrack doesn't concentrate on the expected Brazilian musical styles, like bossa nova or samba, but rather heavy funk, space rock, & other evocative, scene-setting excursions into the dominant musical expressions of the day.
‘Meu Nome e Zé’ commands attention from the start, opening as it does with the sound of Zé's gruff voice, & segueing into a bass-heavy throwdown worthy of the Ohio Players, while the brief ‘Vida de Otario’ has a pronounced Funkadelic feel. ‘Metamorfose Ambulante,’ which evokes David Bowie & Roxy Music (particularly in terms of the soaring vocals) & ‘No Caminho do Bem,’ which evokes Germany's Can (circa the twisted disco of ‘I Want More’), are further highlights.