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The compilers at Spectrum Music have spared nothing in their search for the most irritating, least subtle examples of Brazilian music. If you`re having a 'World Cup party' this summer - and you want some loudly-mixed tracks to accompany your drunken party bopping - then this is for you, my friend.
I hated most of it.
The generous 73-minute CD is marketed as '22 Brazilian Summer Anthems' and has an evocative cover showing guys playing football on a beach at Rio. Football is mentioned in the booklet notes, but nowhere does it warn the unsuspecting seeker after a good selection of Brazilian music that within are to be found a boisterous collection of (mostly) the least representative tracks of the famous and not so famous among Brazil`s many superb singers and musicians. The opening track is a rap!
This noisy, dumbed-down disc will no doubt please some, but if you`re looking for a good starter compilation of varied music from this fascinating culture, with a fair sprinkling of slower, subtler tracks, then you`re better off looking elsewhere.
Brazilian music can be soft as a warm breeze, sinuous as a snake, sexy as summer heat, rhythmic as the tide lapping at the shore...sadly, little of any of that is here.
Bang in the middle of the selection is the most famous of all Brazilian 'hits' - the gentle original single version of The Girl From Ipanema - chosen, I`m sure, simply due to its crowd-pleasing quality. However, its effect is like finding water in the desert. We`re then back to boisterous anthemic blandness.
One or two other tracks stand out from the relative dross, but as an overview of the sheer sensual pleasure to be had from much Brazilian music, this 'World Cup soundtrack' is disappointing and misleading.

Approach with caution.
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