This is a striking example of the essential Milton Nascimento that has made him a beloved figure in Brazil -- a lush, eloquent, unified concept album that cries for universal happiness and personal fulfillment, lashes out briefly at hypocrisy, and haunts the memory with its often stirring tunes. The record opens boldly with a tone poem accurately entitled "Evocation of the Mountains," and a gorgeous lengthy opening vocalese with a plush string backdrop, and it ends simply with the unadorned voice of Nascimento urging us not to analyze things if we want to be happy. As powerful a stylistic antenna as ever, Nascimento utilizes the Brazilian folk instrumental group Uakti on the title track and "Coracao Brasileiro," and even inserts the low drone of a sitar very effectively on the latter. Caetano Veloso duets with Nascimento on "The Various Points of a Star," a ghostly Elis Regina closes "What Was Done for Real," and other well-known Nascimento sidekicks like keyboardist Wagner Tiso, rock-tinged guitarist Ricardo Silveira, and drummer Robertinho Silva help out on several tracks. Nascimento's fans needn't be told twice to snap this one up.
AllMusic Review by Richard S. Ginell
feat: Caetano Veloso