Various - Samba Goal
With the World Cup under way, one can expect the cash-ins to come thick and fast, not least the musical variety. On the surface, Samba Goal has a potentially more interesting theme than most: 14 Brazillian tunes compiled by footballer, Ronaldinho, who you may not realise is in Sambatri, one of the bands featured.
Unfortunately, there's little here to get excited about. If Meia-Lua Inteira and Festa are amateurish, Taj Mahal, seemingly based on Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?, is the tackiest. Rakata, is spirited enough, in common with much of this track listing, but sounds a lot like the sort of thing Ricky Martin might do. Indeed, one can't help but think that Samba Goal is more likely to wash with Martin fans, rather than those seriously wanting to explore the Brazillian music scene.
It's not all bad. Mas Que Nada, something of a Latin classic (you may recognise it as the song currently being subjected to a Black Eyed Peas cover), is included, and there are a smattering of tracks (such as Deixa A Vida Me Levar) which have more of a "proper" world music feel.
My exposure to Brazillian music is admittedly limited, but, for those wishing to dip their toe in the water, I would have no hesitation in recommending the Gilles Peterson-compiled Back In Brazil instead.