ANOTHER THRIFTY VINYL WORLD CUP SPECIALMendes is obviously a guy who knows how to play ball. Already a bona fide star in his home country, he allowed Herb Alpert to “discover” him and take credit (and profit) for this discovery. Further evidence of Mendes’ ingratiating nature comes in his crowd pleasing program selection and easy-on-the-ear arrangements. He was rewarded here with a Top Three Lp.
And yet, despite evidence to the contrary, he’s no musical lightweight; the chops and finesse he and his band bring to proceedings overrides accusations of that sort, not to mention the fact that two-thirds of this set (by the likes of Edú Lobo and Baden Powell) is sung/part-sung in Portuguese . And they still manage to capture the syncopated wistfulness of the best Brazilian pop.NB: The hill ‘pon which the Fool sits, at least in terms of the gatefold cover, is nothing less than a tit.