Tercer Mundo is the powerful, exciting, and classy debut of Fito Paez, which immediately consolidated his position as one of Latin America's most popular rock stars. Although not the indisputable masterpiece that some would have it cracked up to be, Tercer Mundo is a highly enjoyable album from start to finish. Among the things that first strike the listener are the energy and passion with which Paez performs his songs. The lyrics are also considerably superior to those of the usual radio-friendly pop/rock outfits. The album kicks off with the energizing "El Chico de la Tapa," an exciting and '70s-inspired rock song that sets the tone of the album. The moods then vary from the sadness and melancholy of "Fue Amor" to the upbeat, positive vibes of "Tercer Mundo." The beautiful ballad "Y Dale Alegría a Mi Corazón" concludes Tercer Mundo in a splendid way.
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AllMusic Review by Philip Jandovský