Various Artists

Uga Uga [Som Livre]

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The Brazilian version of the Uga Uga soundtrack is a blend of traditional and modern Brazilian artists, along with a few surprising cuts. The electronic industrial metal of Eletrika's "To Sem Grana" and the hard rock of "Aquela" by Raimundos seem an odd fit with the lilting, tender "Amar, Amar (True Love)" by Joao Bosco and the delicate "Fogueira" by Sandra de S. There are also tracks that show off club beats ("Nao To Entendendo") or even ape modern R&B ballads ("Minha Timidez"). Two of the most interesting are the covers of classic R&B. Milton Nascimento's take on "Killing Me Softly" is paired with a lovely bossa nova beat but bloated with excessive strings that make it seem far more saccharine than it should be. Roupa Nova's cover of "Betcha by Golly Wow," by contrast, is beautifully understated. The strangest selection by far has to be of Morris Albert's infamous mid-'70s slab of self-pity, "Feelings." Whether included as an ironic commentary or out of genuine affection, the song still sticks out amid the mixture of modern and traditional Brazilian music. Nonetheless, as a sampler of notable pop and rock from Brazil, Uga Uga does the job.

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