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Belchior is a singer/composer with strong influences from the American folk/rock idiom and the hippie generation imagery. At least, this is how he knew success when Elis Regina launched him with "Mucuripe," and later with "Como nossos pais" and "Velha roupa colorida." In this recent release he preferred to expose a more pragmatic side, limiting himself to interpreting other composers' tunes. With the exception of the songs "O nome da cidade" (Caetano Veloso) and "Panis angelicus" (folklore), and the four-to-the-bar swing "Aliás" (Djavan), the rest of the album is populated by funk, dance, pop and reggae grooves, in an album specifically devised for dance parties. These interpretations may not be suited for Chico Buarque's "Almanaque" and Adriana Calcanhoto's "Esquadros," but that is up to the listener. Belchior, with his aggressive, uncultivated voice, doesn't translate well into contemporary rhythms. But trying to sound mainstream he misses the point.

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