AOTY 2021
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With Drama, the world is less an oyster and more a mirror, reflecting the story and vision of this citizen of the world making sonic cinema out of personal exploration.

More than anything, Amarante feels like a TropicĂĄlia artist for the 21st century, artfully fusing Brazilian and Latin American traditions to progressive songwriting and arrangements that touch on pop, psychedelia, folk, and rock.

The author claims to be trying to run away from Brazil's musical riches here, yet the result adds to them, a sublime blend of melancholy and desire.

FLOOD Magazine

Drama is not a concept album held together by one thread. Instead, it’s a multiple-concept-laden recording, jauntily knotted by many colorful strings and swings, with Rodrigo Amarante as your most jovial romancer, host, and ringmaster.

O segundo álbum solo do cantor e compositor brasileiro Rodrigo Amarante é uma deliciosa versão compensada de melodias e versos desenvolvidos sob medida do amor e, principalmente da paixão.

Camadas instrumentais banhadas pela mistura de ritmos que vão do samba, jazz ao folk, 'Drama' dispõe de uma atmosfera parecida da qual encontramos em grandes clássicos brasileiros. A riqueza nos detalhes é tanta, que não é exagero nenhum ... read more
Simply and undescribable beautiful
Hi. Ok, so basically I’m writing this at 4 AM watching Olympic Judo so forgive me it’s a bit incoherent. Anyways, here we go.

In full honesty, I’d never heard of Rodrigo Amarante before a project of his that had an 80/82 rating on AOTY caught my eye. Naturally, that was this project (the score has fallen since then which should actually be a felony). I didn’t immediately listen to it because it was like 6 AM when I saw it but a chance would come soon. Basically, I was ... read more
A gente não sabe exatamente o que separou os Los Hermanos. Fato é que seus principais compositores não embarcaram imediatamente em carreiras solos daquele jeito tradicional. Marcelo Camelo foi trabalhar perto do Hurtmold. Rodrigo Amarante inventou um verão de dois anos com o Fabrizio Strokes e montou a banda Little Joy.

Foi só em 2013 que ele realmente resolveu fazer seu primeiro disco solo, dessa maneira convencional. “Cavalo” veio soturno e ... read more
A great release, crafted by a veteran. At 40 minutes length, Drama does not overstay its welcome and manages to shift moods in the blink of an eye, offering a bundle of great tracks in the process. Amarante is equally skilled on both uptempo and laid back songs, without falling to the trap of repeating himself in each composition. There are various joys in this record, but what stood out to me was the percussion, which I believe drives the album, as well as Amarante's voice, mixed just ... read more
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Added on: May 5, 2021