Tracey Pepper
October 18, 1996 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Red Hot + Rio

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Various Artists
Producers
Antilles, Verve
author
Antonio Carlos Jobim
genre
World

We gave it a B+

The best thing about the Red Hot Organization’s benefit albums is their eclectic mix of artists. Red Hot + Rio, the series’ ninth release, has everyone from Sting to Stereolab to George Michael taking on the songs of late Brazilian pop star Antonio Carlos Jobim. The result is an inspired, modern-sounding tribute, though few of the artists match the subtle beauty of Jobim’s melodies. Standout track: Everything But the Girl’s jungle reinterpretation of ”Corcovado.” B+

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