Brazil in "new" music
T. Michele | verona Italie | 11/28/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This CD it's the new "vouge" of Brazilian Music, but in a very conservative way.
The "melodia" it's always a remember of the "brazilian tradition".
The arists are of the top level like :Suba, Bossacucanova, Carlos Lyra, Bebel Gilberto, Zuco 103, Roberto Menescal, Cibelle, Celso Fonseca, Erlon Chaves, Trio Mocotò.
The final result it's a louge brazilian music with happines and "tristessa".
The beautiful voices are the strong point but also where there is an instrumental song like : Cosa Nostra (Raw Deal Remix), the result it's very nice.
Note that there is a "Tanto Tempo" in version Remix of Peter Kruder.
Less that one hour (57 minuts) of good "now" brazilian music.
A must if you like this "great" country."
gogostevie | Atlanta, GA | 09/26/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Well, this CD is much better than most of the other contemporary Brazilian compelations out there. It hits the highlights, and does it well. Sure, it's a no-brainer to stick Suba or Bebel on a Brazil disc; but that's all right. It openes the ears for those not in the know, and that's the whole point of a compliation CD, right? Enjoy it for what it is, and use it to move on to some really great CDs."
Only recommended for a newbie
perseus69 | San Jose, CA United States | 12/24/2005
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I have listened to this and the earlier Brazil 2 Mil comp, and many others of similar ambition. Also, I have listened to the artists within and many of their contemporaries from other, longer, albums. And while this album is alright, it's not great. For one, it's a bit uneven as it's a comp. That's alright, but what isn't is that they market it as this representative selection of "new" Brazilian music - it's not. It's downtempo lounge electronica ala Thievery Corporation or some euro thing, but with a Brazilian flair. If someone said Thievery Corporation was a sample of cutting edge electronic music I would have to laugh in their face - while it may be decent music and a pleasant listen in the right situation, it is nowhere near the "edge" of anything.
There is soooo much better Brazilian music out there, don't be limited by this comp, or turned off by it if you are looking for something more experimental. There are dozens of older groups that have branched out further than these new club-lite electronica flavors-of-the-month, such as Fernanda Porto or Marisa Monte, and some new experimental ones like Hapax or Chelpa Ferro. The list of really great, world-dominating Brazilian musical artists is huge, which is one reason this comp, while not awful in itself, just kinda pisses me off a little ;) If you want to check out Brazilian music, research it a bit and find the great ones, don't settle for euro-lounge sound-alike music."