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Luiz e os Louises

Life's a Cigarette

Review by Gary Hill

This album features a sound that is most frequently folk based. The vocals have a tendency to have a DIY kind of vibe, not that far removed from people like Lou Reed. While that at times brings a bit of an awkwardness, it also presents as a charm in some ways, too. This act is actually a solo project from Luiz Henrique Niehues. He's joined here by several musicians, though.

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Track by Track Review
Please Everyone
Bouncy and playful, this is a fun little tune. It's catchy and carefree.
Your World, My World

There is a bit of a stripped back, DIY charm to this, despite multiple instruments being present. This has an artsy kind of vibe to it.

Don't Make Me Cry
Folk-based music is the order of business here. This is playful and gentle.
Mary Lou
I like the acoustic guitar soloing on this piece. The whole cut has a cool old school rock and roll groove in a tasty folk rock arrangement.
No More Shaking Hands
There is a dreamy kind of alternative pop vibe built into this tune. There is an awkward charm to it. It has a real DIY kind of feel. There is a decent dynamic range between more rocking and mellower stuff, but this never really rises to the level of any kind of real rocking.
After School
This is another with a lot of that DIY thing on display. The song isn't a huge change, but there is a cool little trippy bit at the end.
To May
There is a cool psychedelic vibe to this number. It's another classy tune.
Time To Love
A more stripped back and intricate concept makes up a lot of this number. There are some of those psychedelic elements in the mix, too, though.
Go Away
DIY folk music is on the menu here. This has a nice meter to it, bringing a poetic angle. The cut is a very stripped back in terms of arrangement. It gets more involved, and more voices are added to the mix, further down the musical road. Some electric guitar hints at taking over right at the end of the piece.
Here we have another psychedelic arrangement. This is classy stuff and one of the highlights of the set.
Going Home
The closer also has some of that psychedelic element at play. There is a dreamy kind of arrangement built into it. It is another highlight of the set, too. The cut almost has a shoegaze kind of thing at play in some ways. The cut turns more rocking further down the road with some tasty electric guitar in the mix at points.
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