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  • Summary: The latest release for the Brazilian pop artist features guest appearances from Buddy, Cali y El Dandee, Common, Shelea Frazier, Gracinha Leporace, Guinga, Hermeto Pascoal, Joe Pizzulo, Rogê, and Sugar Joans. [A deluxe edition includes a second disc with the soundtrack to the JohnThe latest release for the Brazilian pop artist features guest appearances from Buddy, Cali y El Dandee, Common, Shelea Frazier, Gracinha Leporace, Guinga, Hermeto Pascoal, Joe Pizzulo, Rogê, and Sugar Joans. [A deluxe edition includes a second disc with the soundtrack to the John Scheinfeld's documentary of the same name.] Expand
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  • Record Label: Concord
  • Genre(s): Latin, International, World Fusion, Latin Pop, Bossa Nova, Brazilian Pop, Brazilian Traditions, Latin Jazz
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  1. Feb 21, 2020
    80
    For those of you who haven’t been acquainted with Sergio Mendes since the glory days of AM Radio, and for others that are in the know, this may prove both surprising, and yes, joyful.
  2. Feb 21, 2020
    70
    Nothing is lost in the process and tracks like "Bora Lá" with singer Rogê and Leporace, "Samba in Heaven" with Joans, and "This Is It (É Isso)" with Pascoal and Leporace, retain all the funky, soulful rhythms and hooky melodies that made Mendes' seminal albums so captivating.
  3. Uncut
    Feb 21, 2020
    70
    While the Joe Pizzulo-fronted "Love came Between Us" may sound like it once soundtracked an '80s romcom, that somehow adds to its retro charm. [Apr 2020, p.33]
  4. Mojo
    Feb 21, 2020
    60
    It is the older material that comes out on top. A Euphoric, feel-good collection, nonetheless. [Apr 2020, p.87]
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