Saturday, 6 March 2021

Tom Zé ‎– Fabrication Defect : Com Defeito De Fabricação (1998)

Genre: Latin, Folk, World, & Country
Format: CD, Vinyl, FLAC
Label: Luaka Bop, Warner Bros. Records

01.   Defect 1: Gene
02.   Defect 2: Curiosidade
03.   Defect 3: Politicar
04.   Defect 4: Emere
05.   Defect 5: O Olho Do Lago
06.   Defect 6: Esteticar
07.   Defect 7: Dancar
08.   Defect 8: Onu, Arma Mortal
09.   Defect 9: Juventude Javali
10.   Defect 10: Cedotardar
11.   Defect 11: Tangolomango
12.   Defect 12: Valsar
13.   Defect 13: Burrice
14.   Defect 14: Xiquezique

Effects – David Byrne
Producer – Bryan Martin, José Miguel Wisnik
Producer (Brazilian Production) – Andre Abujamra, Gilberto Assis

A concept album by Brazilian experimentalist Tom Zé, 1998's Com Defecto de Fabricacao (Fabrication Defect) is strikingly akin to some early Funkadelic albums philosophically, although not at all musically. (The bold, cartoony graphics are more than a little like Funkadelic's early sleeves as well, come to think of it.) The album's overall theme is that creativity, art, love, and music are "defects" that those in charge (in Zé's case, the often-oppressive Brazilian government) would love to suppress, an idea that's not all that far removed from Free Your Mind...and Your Ass Will Follow. Lyrically, Zé makes his points both directly and through sly, witty metaphors like "Defect 6: Esteticar," a cockeyed defense of plagiarism as an artistic tool puckishly set to the most blandly commercial example of '60s vintage bossa nova imaginable. Musically, the album is a fragmented blend of skittish acoustic guitars, booming electronic rhythms, shouted slogans, bizarre found-sound tape loops, and near-psychedelic production tricks, resulting in songs as varied as the almost tribal vocal and hand-percussion grooves of "Defect 4: Emere" and the percolating closer, "Defect 14: Xiquexique." Those who discovered Tom Zé through his earlier U.S. compilation releases may find this album a more satisfying and solid listen.
Stewart Mason / AllMusic