Various Artists

Brazil Is Back, Vol. 1 [#1]

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A variable compilation with some newish names and some famous ones, it was originally designed to introduce a label now defunct. Some cuts are terrific, notably a fine choro by Paulo Moura. Some are good examples of work by major artists, from de Vila to Gil via Bethania. The much-hyped Obina Shock is more interesting than good (a case of disco-funk fever). The residue is mostly Brazilian supermarket pop.

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