Various Artists

Brazil Now

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Brazil Now is a good collection of contemporary Brazilian music in the '90s. Many of the artists on the album are on EMI's roster -- not surprising, since it's an EMI-Hemisphere release -- but there are also a few stars, like Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso, who have been licensed to give a more complete picture of Brazilian music. The gambit works -- Brazil Now draws a wonderful portrait of Brazil and its music, as songs by Carlinhos Brown, Maria Bethania, Lo Borges, Eliane Elias, Bragada, Leila Pinheiro and Luis Melodia add up to a great overview of the country's musical styles.

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