By Nicholas Jennings on Sunday, 10 July 2011
Category: Reviews

Various artists - Red Hot and Rio 2

A successor to a 1996 charity album to promote AIDS awareness, this latest Brazilian compilation is a scorcher. John Legend brings a soulful Latin tinge to the ballad “Love I’ve Never Known,” while Bebel Gilberto offers a sultry “Acabou Chorare.” The best tracks are those that pair Brazilian music legends with international indie stars: Beck and Seu Jorge teaming up on the intoxicating “Tropicália” and ex-Talking Head David Byrne and Caetano Veloso collaborating on the hypnotic “Dreamworld: Marco de Canaveses.”