Rita Lee

Lança Perfume e Outras Manias

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This is a good collection of Rita Lee hits from the mid-'70s to the early '80s -- the very period in which Lee rose to become the most famous rock star in Brazil. It contains 18 of Lee's best songs, from the majestic rock ballads "Ovelha Negra" and "Doce Vampiro," via the biting and Bowiesque "Esse Tal de Roque Enrow" and "Jardins da Babilônia," to the neat, danceable romantics of "Mania de Você," "Caso Sério," and "Baila Comigo." Of course, this compilation doesn't bring any of Rita Lee's more alternative (or slightly odd, if you prefer) early songs and ignores the entire Entradas e Bandeiras album (one of her best), but it works very well as an introduction to Lee's uniquely inspired brand of rock and pop.

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