Have to agree with the other reviewer on this page. Magazines like Straight No Chaser and tastemakers like Gilles Peterson have done an excellent job of opening up contemporary Brazilian music. Artists like Seu Jorge and Ed Motta are working with an obvious knowledge of and sensitivity to Bossa and Samba, but like Azymuth, Milton Nascimento, Marcos Valle and many more before them, incorporating a great range of styles and influences.
This is not Seu Jorge's most famous album. Most people in Britain are probably more familiar with his work on the Life Aquatic soundtrack and his latest solo album Cru (2005). Carolina isn't as accoustic and folky as the Bowie covers used on Wes Anderson's film. He is much readier to use funk basslines ('Funk Baby') and synths ('Mangueira') to give the album, at times, a more contemporary electronic feel. There's still plenty of singing and a sprinkling of ballads, though, and I'd be surprised if anyone who'd enjoyed the Life Aquatic songs didn't feel this album. My favourite tracks, as it turned out, were the more upbeat numbers like 'Mangueira' and 'Chega no Suingue'.
Got to plug Ed Motta, though - get one of his albums if you like Seu Jorge. And if you like the more 80s basslines & synths, try Benetton's Rio Funk compilation of modern Brazilian dancehall tunes. It's a playful mash-up of sounds that we just don't get in Britain.