Nearly half a century since the psychedelic Brazilian Tropicália-rock tricksters' almost mythic 1968 debut, Os Mutantes are now led by only one original member, guitarist Sergio Dias. But Fool Metal Jack shows them still singularly eccentric, finding beauty and noise amid an assortment of styles. Beyond their fallback late-Beatles/bossa-nova art pop, there's organ-propelled stoner metal, lovely Middle Eastern-leaning samba, Afro-Caribbean-drummed Krishna parody, interjected coughing and more. The title track's war reporting and the stark rootlessness of "The Dream Is Gone" counter any hippie-dippy pothead musings about reality and relativity.
From The Archives Issue 1183: May 23, 2013