Veloso, backed by a young Brazilian trio, creates a surprisingly brash rock sound on this Latin Grammy Award-winning album. Yet, the Boston Globe notes, "The man's voice is as richly seductive and thoughtful as ever." His lyrics "offer intellectual and cultural queries ... suffused with yearning and ambiguous eroticism."
2007 Latin Grammy Award Winner
Cê includes 12 original songs by Caetano Veloso, who recorded them in the spring/summer of 2006 with a rock band of younger musicians: Pedro Sá (electric guitar), Ricardo Dias Gomes (bass, Rhodes piano), and Marcelo Callado (drums); it was produced by Sá and Moreno Veloso. Additionally, Pedro’s brother, Jonas Sá, sings guest vocals on one track.
“Pedro Sá and Moreno are my sons—the latter, biologically speaking, and both in the familiar sense of the term,” Veloso says. “They are both in their 30s, have a vivid relationship with the routes taken by musical taste in the last decades—as well as making remarkable personal interventions on the direction of these routes. Ricardo Dias Gomes and Marcello Callado are in their 20s. It was Pedro who suggested their names when he heard my themes and my ideas. Our communication was so clear that in a few minutes of rehearsal, the tracks were ready to be recorded. All of them. Not even one got stuck. We recorded everything on two-inch tape, without Pro Tools."
He continues, “Cê is not a rock album like the ones I listen to and that interest me: the songs are mine, my voice is still the same, my hair is greyer than it is black, less curly and always shorter than when it was really long—or longer than when I decided to wear it short.”
A Universal Music Production
Produced by Pedro Sá and Moreno Veloso
Musical Direction: Pedro Sá
A&R Director: Max Pierre
A&R Manager: Daniel Silveira
Executive Producers: João Franklin and Giovana Chanley
Recorded and mixed at AR Studios, Rio de Janeiro
Recording Engineer: Daniel Carvalho
Assistant Engineers: Leonardo Moreira, Fernando Fischgold, Bruno Stheling, Igor Ferreira
Chorus on track 12 recorded at Kong-dub by Jonas Sá; Leticia Kling, assistant engineer
Mixed by Daniel Carvalho and Moreno Veloso
Mastered by Ricardo Garcia at Magic Master
All songs by Caetano Veloso and published by Uns Produções Artisticas (Natasha Enterprises)
Arrangements by Caetano Veloso, Pedro Sá, Mercelo Callado, Ricardo Dias Gomes
Design Concept: Caetano Veloso
Graphic Designer: Pedro Einloft
Design Coordinators: Gê Alves Pinto and Geysa Adnet
All formats of this album are available from Nonesuch in the United States only.
Caetano Veloso, vocals (1-12), nylon and steel guitars (1-12), second vocal (4), chorus (5)
Pedro Sá, electric guitar (1-12), chorus (5), bass (6, 10)
Ricardo Dias Gomes, bass, Rhodes piano (1-12)
Marcelo Callado, drums (1-12), second vocal (1)
Jonas Sá, chorus, vocal arrangement (12)