A journey of emotions and sounds
Rodrigo Amarante is releasing a new album, Drama. Many know his song “Tuyo,” the theme song on the popular Netflix series Narcos. He is also well known for writing songs for other famous artists and his first album. Drama is an intriguing collection of songs that is sure to keep listeners and fans engaged from start to finish as he sings and plays in various styles and languages while also telling his story through poetic lyrics.
“Maré,” the second track on the album, is an upbeat and playful song incorporating many guitars. The song maintains a playful sound through the upbeat production, drums and rhythmic melody. The song is sung in Portuguese, and the title translates to “Tide.” The song uses nature imagery to explore the meaning and reality of faith and destiny.
“Tango” is the third track on the album. It begins with a reggae-style guitar that continues to the end of the song. This track sounds tropical and would be a relaxing beach listen. This song is sung in English, and the lyrics tell the story of two people meeting on the dance floor and falling in love. This song is youthful, worry-free and radiates positivity.
“Tara,” the fourth track on the album, also begins with guitar, but this time it is a classical guitar. This song is laid back and is somewhat jazzy. The syncopated rhythms on drums and guitars make the song stand out from the rest of the album. This song is also in Portuguese, like “Maré,” and the lyrics have a melody that floats over the accompaniment.
“I Can’t Wait” is the sixth track on the album, and it takes on a dark and eerie sound. Amarante uses minor and seven guitar chords to help get the darker feeling across. This song is sung in English, and the melody has a somewhat spooky sound to it. The lyrics are emotional and full of insight, making the listener want to replay the song after it finishes. He sings about the feelings of freedom that come with being with someone. While some of the lyrics sound contradictory at first, after a second listen, it is easy to see the truth in these oxymorons.
“Sky Beneath” starts with minimal accompaniment, and his voice demands the listener’s attention. More accompaniment joins during the chorus and second verse. Acoustic guitar and percussion carry the accompaniment until strings join in, creating a cinematic feeling. The lyrics are also filled with nature imagery, and they tell the story of flying, which could be interpreted in many ways.
The last track of the album, “The End,” begins with just piano. This is the slowest and most simple song on the album. It is similar to a lullaby, as it is quiet and the melody is soft. He once again sings about nature and personifies the moon in his story. This is the perfect way to end the album, as it sounds similar to a goodbye or a lullaby, creating a relaxing finish to the album that takes the listeners through many emotions and stories.
This album is sure to take the listeners on a journey from playful and upbeat songs to relaxing lullabies. Rodrigo Amarante is able to play it all on his newest album, Drama.