My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: Clube de Esquina is a double album that was released in 1972 by Brazilian Milton Nascimento. The album in its double LP form seems to be out of print. The link to Spotify is a condensed 44 minute version whereas the original is 66 minutes. When trying to track down the full version to purchase, I was unable to decipher online what was the shortened version and what was not. I finally found the full version through different means, but it does not seem to be available through many retailers. I believe this to be the least I’ve known about an album when it came time to blog for it. There isn’t even a brief Wikipedia page.
What I think: There have been a couple odd Brazilian albums in this project (Caetano Veloso, Os Mutantes) and thankfully this one is much more straight forward. I can relate to it in the “music is a universal language” sort of way. There are songs of hope, excitement, desperation, sadness, and even some sinister sounding moments. And for the most part this makes for interesting listening, but really nothing more that piquing those interests. Although, the track “Paisagem da Janela” is a really excellent three minute pop song who’s title translates to some sort of window.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I really am on the fence here. There are some great songs here, but I had a hard time staying focused on it for the whole album. In the end though, I think the wonderfulness of “Paisagem da Janela” pushes it over the edge.
Rating (Out of 5): 3
Clube De Esquina Amazon Review (Out of 5): 5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (201/264)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 76%