The only song with English lyrics on Aline Muniz’s third album closes it and is named “Love is Pure”.
The last track of “Outra”, the album that follows “Da Pá Virada” (2008) and “Onde Tudo Faz Sentido” (2011), was initially called “Africa” for Aline emulated African vocals that accompanied the melody before it had its final lyrics.
Although it is the only one whose lyrics are not in Portuguese, this soothing vocals song gives just a hint of the two-year working process and what we can find in it.
In 2013, after ending her works with “Onde Tudo Faz Sentido”, Aline put herself (and was also put) off her comfort zone.
Her work with her partner Marco de Vita yielded sharp results. Yet, why not mess with a winning formula?
The name that came up was Dudu Marote, a wizard at the electro-pop mix, whose curriculum includes the knockout albums by Skank, Jota Quest and Pato Fu to name a few.
Aline was unsure.
Doubt faded away during the one-year period in which she went through the chosen tracks with Marote.
The partnership fused to the point that Marote was amazed to record rock played with distorted guitar.
And that is also where the album title comes from.
It is Aline, but it is another (Aline).
The chords, once intricate, became simpler.
The working methodology, too.
And so did programming, choruses.
Everything got simpler.
And Aline let aside her heart-only approach to choose the songs.
If then the tracks were picked exclusively from the songs that touched her soul, now her shuttle trips from São Paulo to New York (where she lives virtually half of the time) made her see that pop is much wider than our short-sighted radio-eyes can see.
There is also more than a pinch of spice in the title choice.
Many of the songs speak of sensual themes.
Or, at least, are filled with sensuality.
“Outra” is also the mistress, “the other” as we say in Portuguese.
The one who always comes drenched in a spicy mix, dressed more seductively.
The outcome is an album that is both simple and rich in its textures, arrangements and timbers, while explosive in its celebration.
As a trained classical dancer, she noticed the cry for buoyancy throughout her circle of friends of several generations, musicians, dancers, artists.
“It’s all so dense and loaded. It’s time for something that allows us to live life.”
“Outra” does that on the three quarters of an hour it lasts.
It opens with a bulky sound, irresistible black groove that soaks Brazilian popular accent in “Tem que Ter um Fim”.
Aline’s Electro Brazilian Popular Music is strengthened in “Só Sua”, in which the blend between electro and organic texture pops up in the samples and percussion.
“Dançando com a Vida” – the first of the three produced by Rodrigo Campello (the other two are “Eu e Você e Mais Ninguém” and “Assim é se lhe Parece”) – has the so called “beautiful guitar groove” (as Aline refers to) in a smooth ballad packed with textures and the piano that floats along the song.
Just when we think we understand Aline’s proposal, there she comes with a grooving funk footed on its brass section in “A Noite Vai Dizer”.
On the same steaming funk feel, we find “Meu Bom”, Tim Maia’s style, and “Sonhos Roubados”, this last one heavier on Carioca accent.
Then the album moves back to that soft tone in “Eu Me Rendo”, with Aline’s cool voice and hypnotic groove that has something of what the Chilli Peppers made in their best ode-to-funk moments.
“Eu e Você e Mais Ninguém” is a swing-packed electronic bossa nova. A mix of electronic styles takes over in the dance-like “Assim é se lhe Parece”.
The hard rock I mentioned at the beginning is named “A Dois”, which starts with a deceiving acoustic guitar beat and explodes in a powerful and energetic rock.
The closing track is the equally pre-mentioned “Love is Pure” (once called “Africa”, remember?).
Simple as that.
Or intricate as that.
But definitely partying, dancing and celebrating. Always.