Caminho das Índias: Lapa is one in a series of five various-artists soundtrack albums released in conjunction with the popular Brazilian telenovela Caminho das Índias. Each volume in the series has a different musical style, in this case Bahian music -- a mix of samba, hip-hop, rock, and other urban styles, much of it originating from Rio de Janeiro (indeed, this volume is titled after Lapa, a bohemian neighborhood that is among the city's most touristy). The soundtrack includes both new and old music, for instance the new Alcione song "Eu Vou para Lapa" from her album Acesa (2009) and the old Barão Vermelho song "Puro Êxtase" from their album Puro Êxtase (1998). Other artists featured on the soundtrack include Diogo Nogueira, Leandro Sapucahy, Casuarina, Teresa Cristina & Grupo Semente, Beth Carvalho, and Sururu Na Roda. Caminho das Índias is an award-winning telenovela that made its debut on January 19, 2009, and aired six times a week for an hour each night until its conclusion on September 11, 2009. It was among Brazil's top-rated shows. Set in Brazil as well as India, its complex plot involves two Indians from different social backgrounds who share a forbidden love for one another. Much like its predecessor, A Favorita, the popularity of Caminho das Índias was such, it spawned a series of soundtrack albums that were released on Som Livre. Besides Caminho das Índias: Lapa, there are four other volumes: Caminho das Índias (comprised of Brazilian popular music), Caminho das Índias: Indiano (comprised of Indian popular music), Caminho das Índias: Internacional (comprised of international popular music), and Caminho das Índias: Lapa: Instrumental (comprised of incidental music from the telenovela itself).
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AllMusic Review by Jason Birchmeier