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Jardim Elétrico is a natural follow-up to Os Mutantes's previous effort, A Divina Comédia Ou Ando Meio Desligado and a step further away from the '60s psychedelics that characterized the groups first two albums. Some consider Jardim Elétrico to be the beginning of the decline of Os Mutantes, but the album is very popular among the fans of the group. One of the absolute highlights of the album is the humorous "El Justiciero," which features Spanish lyrics and also some Spanish-style guitar play. Other great songs are "Tecnicolor," which has lyrics in English, the melodious and slightly Beatlesque "Virgínia," and "Tudo, Tudo, Tudo," a song that features a bluesy mouth harmonica. On these and other tracks on the album, the music of Os Mutantes is just as playful and creative as ever. On the whole, this is a very enjoyable album that will almost certainly appeal to any fan of the group. The casual listener, though, will probably be better off starting with one of the group's three first albums. It may be worth noting that five of the songs on Jardim Elétrico were really recorded in France in 1970 to appear on the album Tecnicolor, which aimed at the international market, but wasn't released until the year 2000. To get hold of these songs, Jardim Elétrico is definitely a better choice than Tecnicolor.
Review by Philip Jandovský
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