Album Review

The Brazilian Funk Experience [coll] – [Nascente Records]

Mr. Lucky   10/3/2006   CD, Soul

This is a beautiful collection of sounds by Brazilian players doing what they do best. These South American song crafters have an uncanny knack for composing fun, hip shaking songs who’s pop laden melodies meld with funky beats. We’re hearing Samba, Bossa, and traditional Brazilian percussive rhythms combining with Pop, Funk, Soul, Psyche, and Rock sounds drawn from their influences world wide. The varied cast of players/composers all seamlessly blend these sounds to create something distinct and uniquely Brazilian. It’s hard to name a favorite since most of these songs contain something attractive to my ear. There’s the diva Samba Soul of Elza Soares on “Chove Chuva”, the somber string arrangements of Marcos Valle’s “Garra”, Doris Monteiro’s delicate “Maita”, Joao Donato brings the funk on “Cata Boca Menino”, Simone’s countryside groove on “Tudo Que Voce Podia Ser”, Djavan’s synth-trip on “Aquele Um”, and the list goes on. This is an excellent collection, so don’t pass it up! -Mr. Lucky

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