I have a lot of respect for what Carlihos Brown has done in his career and for Brazilian music, from the grass roots carnaval organizing he has done to helping street kids find jobs as musicians in Brazil. He also invented the "timbau" and helped create the new Northeastern sound. His songs, covered by Caetano, Sergio Mendes and Marisa Monte are state of the art pop songs, worthy of the best recognition any Brazilian artist could hope for. His first solo release, Alfabetagamatizado, featured many strong cuts and seemed to point to a new direction for Brazilian pop. However, his new release sort of disappointed me. I have listened to it probably about 4 times, and though with each listen it gets better, I think it doesn't hold up to his previous songwriting (covered by Marisa--especially on her last CD--A great Noise). The album seems to be all about gimmicks and production and less about music and songwriting, though the first two songs are very strong and groovy cuts. So is Water My Girl. The whole "polyglot nonsense" words in English, French and Portuguese is interesting on paper, but it can become annoying after a while. The words don't make any sense, as far as I can see --and I know a little Portuguese. The lyrics aspect is a little frustrating. By the end of the album, with the military band cut, I was thinking that he was trying to pack too much into one album. However, I will still continue to get into the 3 or 4 tracks I did enjoy from the album and its unique weirdness. Recommended for die-hard fans; people just getting into Brazilian music should stick with Alfabetgamatizado and that Marisa Monte album, in my opinion.