Relax...here's the honest truth- the "Real Deal" so-to-speak. One of the most difficult musical genres to access is Exotica. Most people don't even know what the f@#k it is, and arguably for good reason, Its difficult to discover and represents a slightly obscure period of cultural history. But if you happen to discover it this is probably one of the best albums to date in its class. (And if you haven't discovered Exotica, this may be the stronest gateway into such a bizarre world.) Baxter now has a real "feel"--its finally groove-oriented while retaining its melodical and harmonic sense. Cooler than the at-times corny stuff that Baxter and others made before its inception while still capturing some strong essences of the original style; It should not be compared to Brazilian Samba and Bossa Nova, true Brazilian genres critical to the advancment of music as an artform. You should compare it, rather, to its own soothing sense of "escapism", a product of its own invention.