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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't stop smiling, 25 Nov 2008
This review is from: Encanto (Audio CD)
Great stuff, instant sunshine, I love it. Timeless was fun and interesting but it was just a taster for this which really mixes up the old and new to create something special. I'm so glad it has proved popular and brought SM back to the fore again. Don't think you are being shortchanged by having 2 versions of 2 songs, they are quite different and well worth inclusion. Waters of March is a fascinating song and now here we have it in French too. No idea what they are talking about but it sounds great. There is such a lot going on in some of the tracks with all those weird Brazilian instruments being hit and blown and rattled. The whole thing just sounds like a great big party was going on in the studio. Forget about the economy and the weather, plug yourself in, close your eyes and you'll be there in Rio.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mendes proves that you can go home again!, 20 July 2008
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Reginald D. Garrard "the G-man" (Camilla, GA USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Encanto (Audio CD)
Two years ago Sergio Mendes came back into the mainstream with the Grammy-winning "Timeless" co-produced by wil.i.am with songs featuring Erykah Badu, Stevie Wonder, Jill Scott, John Legend, Justin Timberlake and several other international stars. That album, by virtue of its all-star pop line-up and co-producer had a more hip-hop "flava" to it.

Though wil.i.am returns on "Encanto," most of the new album sounds remarkably like Mendes's classic albums from the 60's and 70's with updated technology. It's like a trip back in time when Brasil '66 was heating up the pop charts.

Ledisi, Carlinhos Brown, Jovanotti, Juanes, Gracinha Leporace, and Vanessa da Mata, along with Siedah Garrett, Natalie Cole and wil.i.am possess the right vocalizations to match Mendes' sultry trademark keyboards.

The benchmark of the album, however, is "Dreamer," featuring the legends Lani Hall on vocals and Herb Alpert on trumpet. That song is worth the price of the whole release.

Fergie's contribution is pretty good on the update of "The Look of Love" but that one pales in comparison to the original classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A real feel good album, 14 Jun 2009
This review is from: Encanto (Audio CD)
Play this and you feel the sun no matter what the weather outside. A very Latin album, you will not stop dancing. Sergio's collaborations work well.

The look of Love with Fergie and Waters of March, sung in French with Zap Mama are mesmerizing. Somewhere in the Hills with Natalie Cole is brilliant.

I do not think that there is a bad song on the album.
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