Metascore
93

Universal acclaim - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Though omissions are certain to be an issue for cratedigging obsessives, this collection is as flawless a primer as has ever been made available on a single disc.
  2. Uncut
    80
    As primers go, it's close to definitive. [Mar 2006, p.112]
  3. Q Magazine
    80
    The wild rhythms, unusual arrangements and often manic energy of the selections here still resonate. [Jan 2006, p.139]
  4. Mojo
    80
    Vibrant, vividly colourful and high spirited. [Jan 2006, p.146]
  5. And whereas the dark era that began with a military coup in 1964 is now relegated to Brazil's history, the music it inspired sounds fresher and more provocative than ever.
  6. Entertainment Weekly
    100
    A perfect mix of giddy tropical rhythms and Beatles-style experimentation. [27 Jan 2006, p.85]
  7. One of the most important anthologies to come along in quite a while.
  8. This release at least gives some sense of the visual brilliance, media spectacle and utter fertility of artistic energy that came together in Tropicalia.
  9. Not every classic song from the era is here, but yes, if you do choose to own only one Tropicália disc, then this should be the one.
  10. Granted, those who have the David Byrne-endorsed Everything Is Possible sampler of Os Mutantes' hottest cuts will find less value here, but Tropicalia serves as a decently comprehensive introduction to an essential period in music history.
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 50 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 30
  2. Negative: 4 out of 30
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    9
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  2. ST
    Dec 24, 2006
    10
    I love it.
  3. JohnO
    Nov 12, 2006
    10
    Inspirational