Dadi, Dadi

Peter Margasak

By Peter Margasak

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
Bubbly summertime music of the highest order.

Bassist Dadi Carvalho has been around for a long time, working with great post-Tropicália rock band Novos Baianos back in the '70s and finding loads of session work since then. But on this dazzling solo record he surrounds himself with some of the country's leading lights to craft gorgeous pop tunes that transcend regionalism. A good share of the country's best music makes use of local styles — and there are some bossa traces on a few tracks here — but Dadi is more focused on sublimely catchy melodies, with gorgeous harmony saturating each song. Marisa Monte, Caetano Veloso, Rita Lee and Carlinhos Brown all make cameos, but it's the killer arrangements that make this record special — musicians from the Domenico + 2 axis are all over this luminous recording. There's nothing particularly postmodern going on, but the vibrancy and beauty of these confections is irresistible — this is bubbly summertime music of the highest order.