Timeless

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  • Summary: The legendary Brazilian artist makes a Santana-style comeback for his first album in eight years, teaming with the Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am and a variety of pop, hip-hop and R&B stars, including Erykah Badu, Justin Timberlake, Jill Scott, Black Though, John Legend and more.

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Timeless
Kindness is timeless Love is so easy to give It just takes a moment To show somebody that you care Kindness is timeless Love is so easy to give It... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 17
  2. Negative: 3 out of 17
  1. This is a quality piece of craftsmanship and there isn't a weak point on the album.
  2. Urb
    70
    Though sometimes bordering on earnest kitsch... the bulk of material plays out as inventive reconstruction. [Mar 2006, p.114]
  3. Billboard
    70
    An intriguing change of pace. [18 Feb 2006]
  4. Mojo
    60
    A solo album with not enough of the soloist. [Jun 2006, p.102]
  5. Someone mistakenly told Will that his talent deserved to be showcased more than the other guest artists on this album, and it winds up turning what could have been a fantastic genre cross-pollination experiment into a slightly better than average album almost ruined by a guy who needs someone to tell him to stay on the other side of the microphone a little more.
  6. Paste Magazine
    50
    Timeless sounds like a pop-charts-and-trends magazine exploded in the studio. [Apr/May 2006, p.115]
  7. Under The Radar
    20
    Safe and uninspired.... This is the type of MOR impulse buy that will eventually pollute used-CD bins everywhere across the world. [#13, p.93]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. susanp
    Feb 16, 2006
    10
    I love the album. I especially loved the song, "Loose Ends". It's the perfect song for whats going on with the war. It's not many I love the album. I especially loved the song, "Loose Ends". It's the perfect song for whats going on with the war. It's not many artists that have the guts to speak out with their music. Expand
  2. BrunoB
    Feb 18, 2006
    10
    Absolutely amazaing and innovative!
  3. Chris
    May 3, 2006
    10
    The mix of artists and styles in such an effective way is reminiscent Carlos Santana's multi-Grammy winning Supernatural CD.
  4. JackR
    Feb 16, 2006
    7
    A couple of loser tracks, but some other smile-inducing numbers that sound great played loud. The Legend track is a standout.
  5. ginag
    Mar 31, 2006
    6
    Whose album is this anyway - Will.I.Am or Sergio Mendes? I'm so disappointed in Will.I.Am's decision to impose himself on so many Whose album is this anyway - Will.I.Am or Sergio Mendes? I'm so disappointed in Will.I.Am's decision to impose himself on so many of the tracks on this album. He is a great producer and the idea of he and Sergio working together was exciting. However, his ego must have gotten the better of him. He couldn't keep himself from spewing forth his usual corniness all over these beautiful tracks. He dumbs down the brilliance of this project with his unecessary and lackluster rhyming skills. Let's hope that on his next production effort he'll keep his mouth shut and let the real artists shine. Expand
  6. DanielS
    Apr 1, 2006
    2
    This album lacks the organic unpredictability of both Brazilian hip-hop and samba. While the tracks are tight and well produced, they are too This album lacks the organic unpredictability of both Brazilian hip-hop and samba. While the tracks are tight and well produced, they are too square and mechanical. Expand
  7. Aug 9, 2015
    0
    It's really strange listening to music that is well done by the main artist, but is made absolutely terrible by the featured artists. That isIt's really strange listening to music that is well done by the main artist, but is made absolutely terrible by the featured artists. That is exactly the case here. Sergio Mendes creates a cool vibe that is ruined by the heat generated by the star power. I rather listen to frogs croaking for 12 straight hours than listen to this album again. In fact the frog probably has better lyrical than Will I Am. Let me tell you I am a pretty big Sergio Mendes fan, but the choices he made in this musical effort just feel unnatural. The songs in Portuguese are the most beautiful, but even then I feel like I'm riding a snowboard carried by the same beats and sounds that are in every other song in this album. I guess what I'm trying to say is that nothing really works in this album. The sound tries to mess samba, hip-hop, and pop, but their are way too many loose ends to actually work. I hope that Sergio Mendes continues to make good music, but if he continues to make music like this his career will most likely come to a halt. Expand

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