Various Artists

Uga Uga [Sony International]

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The Brazilian version of the Uga Uga soundtrack concentrated almost entirely on Brazilian artists. The international version, by contrast, spans the globe, from salsa queen Celia Cruz to American salsa princess Gloria Estefan to Spanish loverman Julio Iglesias. Panamanian rockers los Rabanes contribute the ska-flavored "Senorita a Mi Me Gusta Su Style," while former Mexican pop star Alan delivers the unusually hard-edged "Robar la Luna." In fact, several of the artists here undergo unusual makeovers. Ednita Nazario reinvents herself as a club-flavored Kylie Minogue clone with "Vida," and Jose Luis Rodríguez's selection sounds almost identical to a Caetano Veloso track. In fact, amid all of the sometimes great cuts (like Celia Cruz's), the baffling (like Nazario's), and the tedious (like Iglesisas'), it's hard to find any coherence or common thread here at all. The Brazilian Uga Uga served as a nice one-stop sampler of modern and classic Brazilian music, but here, the musical and cultural divergence is so great as to make this a mishmash. What's more, since many of the best cuts (like the Cruz and Rabanes songs) are recycled from earlier albums, this collection is fairly superfluous. Fans of the show will want this version of the Uga Uga soundtrack, but others will probably be better off with albums from the individual artists.

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