UNIVERSO is a Brazilian band led by Leo Bor, the founder and producer of the project. The band’s sound ranges from Pop to Rock and even hints towards R&B, Blues and Metal. Universo consists of (for recordings): Leo Bor ( Electric Guitars, Bass, Acoustic Guitars, Keyboard, Drums, Synths etc.), Jack ( Male lead and backing vocals), Meika ( Female lead and backing vocals), while for live shows they are joined by Dell and Rafa.
Brazilians are generally very nationalists when it comes to music. But, you may notice that UNIVERSO doesn’t sound classically Brazilian. They deliver an excellent mix between different sources of music such as rock, pop and even heavier sounds.
I don’t speak Portuguese but found that language is totally unnecessary for extreme enjoyment of this album. I was especially absorbed by the awesome vocals and obvious musical talent that permeates every song. This is an impressive album that will inevitably send me on a search for more UNIVERSO.
The self-titled album features a rich blend of power-pop with solid percussion, rich harmonies, and robust vocals worked into phat rock riffs. UNIVERSO puts forth a thick sound quite different from the more airy sounds often associated with the land of the world’s greatest carnival. In fact this music is something you might associate carnival with as the danceable beats come to life to ignite your imagination.
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Of all the tracks, the ones that really stand out for me are the instrumentals “Super Nova”, “5 Sinfonia de Beethoven”, “Brisa”, “9 Sinfonia de Beethoven” and “Pulsares” which all deliver some great guitar licks by Leo Bor. Having said that though, the vocal tracks don’t fall much further behind; producing songs that have a “radio friendly” sound associated with worldwide hits. There is a vast mix of up-tempo and slow ballads to feed all ears. If you have a predilection for either male or female vocals it’s there too!
UNIVERSO showcases a staggering total of 29 tracks, making it almost impossible not to find a track you like. My vocal favoutites include: “Com Voce”, “Impossivel”, “Em Seus Olhos”, “Altar”, “Vamos Nos Amar”, “Voce Nao Sabe” and “Eu Te Amo Para Sempre”, but the list is really endless. This is the ideal album for a change of pace in your CD rotation; it adds a different spice to your listening plate.
UNIVERSO represents the musical ideas of the new generation of Brazilians. The album is a superbly produced album, four years in the making that proves they are as contemporary as anybody; it features gorgeous arrangements, first-rate material, and it will open up the ears of a whole new generation of fans.
The album has magic all over it. The guitar playing is amazing and it’s worth the listen. Download it because you are missing out on something special if you don’t!
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