This CD is a very important CD as far as modern MPB goes. It is also a CD that you cannot grasp if you don't throw any and all preconceptions about Brazilian music, or pop music, or music in general, out the window. I can understand someone not fully getting Carlinhos' vision, but to altogether dismiss it (music fan in Manhattan) is rather foolish. Carlinhos has written songs for Marisa Monte, Caetano Veloso, and has played on albums by just about anyone who is important in current Brazilian music. Also, let's not forget that he is the mastermind behind the Bahian musical troupe Timbalada. He's not going away anytime soon, and his influence on popular Brazilian music won't either.