Various Artists, Tribute to Os Mutantes, El Justiciero, Cha, Cha, Cha

Richard Gehr

By Richard Gehr

on 01.19.11 in Reviews
A worthy tribute concentrating on their Spanish-singing devotees

Experimental yet delightfully tuneful Brazilian rockers Os Mutantes have been blowing minds since their 1968 debut and appearance on seminal tropicalismo confab, Tropicália: ou Panis et Circencis. Their American fans included Kurt Cobain, Beck and David Byrne, yet this worthy tribute concentrates on their Spanish-singing devotees. And just as Os Mutantes derived some of their better material from Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, and Tom Zé, there's no shame in these reinterpretations. Certainly not in Aterciopelados' "Vida de Cachorro" (Life of a Dog), which includes the psychedelic stylings of Mutantes guitarist Sergio Dias, or in Café Tacuba's transcendent "O Religio." Other highlights include La Manzana Cromatica Protoplasmatica's cartoony "Ave Lucifer," Fernando Cabrera's a cappella " Mutantes e Seus Cometas" (Mutants and Their Comets), and Omar Giammarco's take on "El Justiciero," in which George W. Bush makes a cameo as sheriff of the world.