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Beach Samba

Astrud Gilberto

1967

Beach Samba
Album Summary

Beach Samba is a 1967 studio album by Astrud Gilberto, arranged by Eumir Deodato and Don Sebesky. Beach Samba was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die

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Rating

2.92

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11254

Genres

  • Jazz
  • Samba

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Mon May 17 2021
2

Songs the colonialist‘s wife is getting drunk to while her husband is messing up another country & fucking its innocent peasants‘ daughters. Beijihno tristo 1.6

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Tue Apr 13 2021
3

Restaurant chef simulator but its one of those games where you csnt technically fail and its just chill. Cooking mama vibes and character design but only the fun non time pressured minigames for cooking and then when you complete a full meal if you do well enough you get a michelin star. Minigames include chopping peppers, frying some vegetables, baking some stuff etc and there's a lovely vibe in the kitchen all the time and at the end you get to plate it and make it look chill, and there's some story about this being your grandparents restaurant and you want to keep the family business going. Anyway the albums alright Id give it like a 3, no final boss musIc so the story felt incomplete

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Thu Feb 18 2021
5

Amazing bossa nova and orchestral stuff. Astrud Gilberto was a big favourite of mine and this album is beyond amazing.

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Fri Feb 18 2022
5

This wonderful LP just kind of sneaks up on you, filling the heart more and more with each song. Lyrically, we are deep within love’s grasp. And it’s the best kind of love to be in, too, where one lover invites another to ‘Bring me your free soul and I’ll make your heart sure,’ on the terrific opening jazz number, ‘Stay.’ (Incidentally, this is the polar opposite of the very thing Bob Dylan is singing about in ‘It Ain’t Me Babe.’) And then there are the more wistful songs like ‘Misty Roses,’ (you’re) ‘… too soft to touch, but too lovely to leave alone.’ In ‘My Foolish Heart’ we discover that Astrud’s heart is forever overriding her brain, which is a blessing joyfully received but comes with its own cost, too. Musically, I don’t know when I’ve last heard such a magnificently tasteful and oh, so subtle accompaniment. From the fluttering flute on ‘Stay,’ mimicking the singing skylark of the lyrics, to the high tinkling of the piano perfectly capturing the mood of ‘Misty Roses,’ each and every number is a glorious samba between the band (and orchestra) and the vocalist, always complimenting one another. I’m a sucker for standup bass, and Ron Carter won me over from the first number. I also can’t say enough about Eumir Deodato and Don Sebesky’s outstanding arrangements and conducting (again, just so subtle, so elegant.) Oh, and a surprising duet between mother and child, literally, on a super sweet cover of the big Lovin’ Spoonful’s hit, ‘You Didn’t Have To Be So Nice.’ And finally, Astrud Gilberto’s vocals. Technically, I think it would be fair to say they are average. She’s no highly trained opera singer. Doesn’t pretend to be. Doesn’t need to be. Because Astrud oozes integrity, genuineness, affection. And so beauty, once more, is in the ears that hear and not the mouth that sings. Which, for this listener, raises her vocals to the level, and enjoyment, of other vocalists I love (also technically average) like Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Janis Joplin, and so on. And, as I keep repeating, like everything else on 'Beach Samba,' her voice just kept gradually filling me up until I found myself unexpectedly filled with joy! There's nothing to add to the perfect closer, in the Big Band Samba style, ‘Nao Bate O Coroca,’ where no stops are left unpulled. As the last song faded, I was desperately craving some cachaça (Brazil’s national alcoholic spirit), a pair of polished black dance shoes, and my arms around Astrud’s waist, if she’d have me. Oh, ‘My Foolish Heart.’ Look, people. I like to rock and I like to rock hard. And I’m giving 'Beach Samba' five stars?! Let those with ears hear, irmaos e irmas.

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Wed Nov 30 2022
1

Muziek is emotie. Wat dat betreft doet dit album het goed want het roept enorm veel irritatie op. Ruim twee jaar coronapandemie, het begin van de 3e wereldoorlog, hyperinflatie waardoor de verwarming nog maar op 18,5 graad staat, een sfeerloos schaam-wk voetbal en toen moest ik ook nog door dit album heen. Liftmuziek voor een horrorfilm. Kattengejank. En dit schreef ik nog voordat ik "You Didn't Have To Be So Nice" moest doorstaan. Compleet misplaatst in deze lijst. Dit hoor je mensen niet aan te doen.

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Wed Jan 19 2022
2

With a few notable options, this album is a solid jazzy sort-of nice dinner background music kind of thing. Doesn't hit as hard in 2022, but not offensive. EXCEPT for the weird parade song and the one with the child singing. Why??

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Thu Mar 03 2022
2

The sound of a fembot sipping a cocktail from a coconut next to the pool just before Austin Powers swings round the corner. Not my bag, baby, but inoffensive and clearly well done.

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Fri May 07 2021
5

Brilliant. Bossa Nova to the Max!

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Thu Aug 31 2023
5

Loved it from the first track. This type of music is the stuff dream vacations are made of: a tropical beach with a gentle and constant breeze, me and my favorite people on a patio (or a yacht!) looking out at the horizon sipping on good wine and noshing on charcuterie while talkin’ shit, laughing a lot, loving life. At least that’s how I felt until Parade came on and ruined the mood. Thankfully, Oba Oba takes us back to yacht life. Canoeiro feels like it was taken from the big number in a Broadway musical, but it still fits the vacation vibe. As does I Had the Craziest Dream. Takes me right back to the tropical beach. And there we remain for the most part. You Didn’t Have To Be So Nice is cute. Doesn’t fit completely into the wine and charcuterie on a yacht, but it’s like the moment someone’s kid ventures out of their assigned space away from the adults because the curiosity got the best of them. We humor them, give them a little attention and some of the adult snacks, then send them back to wherever they were tucked away before the adorable interruption. Then, Nao Bate O Corocao keeps the party going. By the time Here’s That Rainy Day and the remaining tracks come on, the yacht gathering is winding down. The sun has fully set, the yacht is docked, and only the closest loved ones remain. We might be cleaning up, but we’re probably too lazy, so we lounge instead. Still talkin’ shit and laughing, still loving life.

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Fri Nov 17 2023
5

Lovely album, I feel like I should be driving through 60’s B-roll and falling in love. I should be at a lake. I should be smoking on a plane. Just a good time all around.

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Sun Feb 06 2022
4

Made me feel like I was on the beach despite it being a frigid winter day. The quality was inconsistent, definitely some good ones and some not so good ones. Felt jerked around by the Sousa style march (Parade) and the lyrics in that one were bad. The child singing in You Didn't Have to Be So Nice was charming in a way, but also maybe a bad choice for the song. "Stay" was one of my favorites.

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Fri Feb 19 2021
3

Perfectly fine and pretty, but I don't think id really come back to it

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Mon Jan 24 2022
2

Meh. At least it was a short album. Nothing else is noteworthy about the album

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Wed Dec 22 2021
5

This reminds me of Tania Maria who I am pleased to discover is not dead.

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Mon Feb 14 2022
5

Very interesting! I like it. I’ve never listened to samba music but it has a really nice vibe.

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Thu Apr 14 2022
5

10/10 I’ll listen to samba any day of the week, easily one of my favorite genres

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Wed Jun 15 2022
5

Very smooth and relaxing, with deceptively amazing musicianship. Definitely a product of its time but that’s not a bad thing.

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Fri Sep 23 2022
5

This is the perfect album for sitting in the hot tub with a drink in your hand. If it wasn’t 6:30am, my coffee would include whiskey.

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Fri Oct 28 2022
5

This has that old record charm. That trumpet on The Face I Love. I wish this album was like 10x longer.

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Fri Dec 02 2022
5

It’s too short and the marching band song isn’t great, but pretty much everything else is wonderful

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Fri Jan 13 2023
5

Wowza I sure loved this one. Will return to this again and again I feel. Really neat since I doubt I would have found this album otherwise. Mid to late 60s was such a good time for music. Stay was a great opening. Parade (A Banda) was right up my alley, super enjoyable. Oba oba has that 60s whimsy in sound and lyrics that I am a sucker for. You Didn’t Have To Be So Nice was a cute and pretty little tune!

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Wed Mar 29 2023
5

Acho divertido demais quando alguém de fora, estrangeiro mesmo, apresenta novas músicas brasileiras... adorei, não conhecia mesmo!

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Sun Apr 02 2023
5

This is one of the albums I find completely charming and enjoyable - a 5 with no reservations. I have loved listening to Astrud Gilberto for most of my life and this album did not disappoint me. Misty Roses gives The Girl from Ipanema a run for its money - it instantly became one of my favorite songs. Yeah, her duet with her 6-year-old son on The Lovin’ Spoonful’s You Didn’t Have To Be So Nice tilts heavily to the saccharine side, and Parade (A Banda) was a little jolting to the overall mood… still, I still enjoyed them both. I could listen to this all day. And just might.

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Sun Apr 02 2023
5

I was in a bit of a foul mood earlier today but listening to this, I could only imagine skipping gaily along in a bright yellow sundress stopping only to sniff the blossoming camellias. Delightful.

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Sun Apr 02 2023
5

This was fabulous! I love the Beach Samba! (There were just a couple of tracks that I might have suggested not be included because they didn't seem to fit).

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Sun Apr 02 2023
5

I remembered I had an Astrud Gilberto collection album when I listened to this. It had the song "Beach Samba." I've been a fan of her voice and style for a long time, starting from "The Girl from Ipanema," of course. I love that this album has a very smooth 1960s cocktail party vibe, but then suddenly a parade marches through before we go back to our pink squirrels. The duet with her son was also a lovin' spoonful of a detour.

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Fri May 26 2023
5

Love this, love her, but they should’ve picked a different record. The one before this with Walter wanderly is probably my fav. Shadow of your smile is good too. But my foolish heart is a masterpiece and this record is stacked with some pretty heavy hitters. Parade I really hated but the rest is pretty good. By the standards of this project this album is like 20/5, but honestly I don’t even think this is one of her better records. 4.8

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Fri May 26 2023
5

Such a short album at 27 minutes Stay- favorite tune. Such bold bass playing by Ron Carter. I think of you -cool time/ feel changes Nao bate o coracao- such a tight groovy minute and a half I had the craziest dream- I like the dreamy sounds at the end My foolish heart- beautiful performance and arrangements

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Wed May 31 2023
5

Phenomenal couldn’t stop moving perfect album to start the workday

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Sun Jun 11 2023
5

Sounds like your on a beach hitting by waves of nostalgia. Feels like a precursor to Summer Salt. Rating: 4.6

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Mon Jul 24 2023
5

A great record to just sit back and relax. It was just perfect for the lazy Sunday I had.

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Mon Oct 09 2023
5

nice and calming i thought it was good but then the jazz started and it became awesome

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Thu Oct 12 2023
5

her voice is so lovely everything is lovely

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Thu Dec 14 2023
5

Perfect for writing i loved it so much

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Sat Dec 30 2023
5

I've been a fan of Astrud for years so it's nice to hear this album again.

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Tue Jan 02 2024
5

This was a perfect album to get after an exhausting new years. I was still high and laying bed and this easy listening was perfect for relaxing. Plus this is just the music I love to listen to when I’m toasted. I registered the next day and it mostly held up aside from the circus song and the song near the end with the kid singing.

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Mon Jan 29 2024
5

This is release is far from the best we can found from Astrud Gilberto. I'll rate it with 5 in respect to her whole career.

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Wed Feb 28 2024
5

I feel like I’ve heard of Astrud Gilberto before, but I’m not sure why. I even feel like I recognise this album cover, but it doesn’t seem to be a duplicated album generation. Odd, but ah well. Let’s listen and see if I recognise the songs too! Songs I already knew: none Favourites: all of it I’m not sure if I’ve listened to two ten out of ten albums in a row before, but that has just happened. I loved every minute of this. It was like a soft, easy listening jazz mushed together with samba. Beach Samba stood out as the best for me, but all of this is great. She has such a nice song voice which just makes me feel cosy on the inside. There is nothing I dislike about this.

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Thu Mar 21 2024
5

The instrumentation on this album rules. From the flute on the opening track, the drums on Parade, this album has a lot of depth

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Wed Apr 03 2024
5

Beautifully dreamy, sweet, and nostalgic, this is the mom vibe I want to have if I am one.

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Sun May 05 2024
5

wtf was with that creepy kid? Otherwise solid relaxing game music

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Sun May 05 2024
5

absolutely gorgeous and breezy bossa sounds. many tracks just feel like the wind is blowing through your hair as you lounge in the summer sun with a tropical fruit drink in hand. this album's a lot of fun especially if you like your bossa samba smooth dancin' tracks.

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Wed May 08 2024
5

Tolle Musik, super aufgenommen, hat richtig Spaß gemacht und mich sehr gut unterhalten. Das Cover langweilig. Hätte mir dieses Album niemals gekauft. Danke für diese Aktion

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Wed May 29 2024
5

Only song I know is The Girl from Ipanema.

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Sat Jun 01 2024
5

Smooth and beautiful. Parades was a little simple and the child's track didn't land for me, but the rest were quintessential enough to elevate the album

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Fri Jul 09 2021
4

Relaxing, very aptly named. Heavy bossa nova vibes. Ms. Gilberto's voice is very relaxed and relaxing, and I think I could throw this on while cooking or hanging out somewhere. It's very pleasant. Favorite tracks: "The Face I Love", "Misty Roses", "I Think of You"

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Fri Mar 19 2021
4

Perfectly good background music for a scene at a beach cabana.

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Tue Jun 22 2021
4

A delightful slice of sunshine that took me right out of a damp west coast of Scotland summers day.

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Thu Feb 25 2021
4

Couple songs were a little weird. Classic bossa nova tho

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Thu Feb 18 2021
4

Lovely summer vibes from Brazil. Good mood samba album. Not the most ecstatic one but still spent an enjoyable moment listening to this short album.

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Tue Feb 09 2021
4

Incredibly pleasant to listen to

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Sun Apr 11 2021
4

This is way too short to be an album. 27 minutes? Really? It's nice, and I would definitely listen at a beach. But 27 minutes??

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Tue Jul 06 2021
4

Muy bonito, con un ambiente tranquilo, se antoja una caipirinha a orillas del mar (?). Pienso que a Astrud Gilberto la conocía inconscientemente y también creo que tiene mucho sentido para mí que sea música sesentera. Me gustaron sobre todo "The Face I Love", "Canoeiro" y "My Foolish Love". Creo que otra de las pruebas de la despreocupación que se siente con este disco son los sonidos infantiles que se cuelan, como la canción que suena a feria (desfile, justo) y esa pequeña conversación con una niña. 8/10

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Thu Jun 03 2021
4

Very chilly vibes, bossanova kind of

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Tue Jul 06 2021
4

Pues chill y todo lo estereotipico que se dice del bossa nova. Me gustó la canción inicial tiene el ritmo muy guapachoso y elegante que se acompaña con los vientos, Canoeiro también me pareció de las chidas va rapidito, los vientos, los metales y las cuerdas en una medida no excesiva pero le dan un buen toque.

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Thu Feb 25 2021
4

pleasant listen and musically interesting if you listen closely, i'm not crazy about these songs though, especially the ones that arent bossa nova or samba. like why did they put a march on here. 4-

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Mon Feb 22 2021
4

Perfect, sunshine and cocktail invoking easy listening.

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Sat Mar 27 2021
4

Excelente voz que combina perfecto con el bossa-nova

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Wed Apr 14 2021
4

I am enjoying this album, though it is slower than what I typically listen to. I got a strong Christmas music vibes while listening to some songs. I quite enjoyed the album actually.

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Thu May 20 2021
4

So eine Art Lounge Musik aber gut

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Tue Jun 01 2021
4

Reminded me of Austin Powers!

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Fri May 28 2021
4

Really nice album, super chill and the singer is great

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Sat Jul 17 2021
4

Rating: 8/10 Best songs: Stay, Parade, Oba, oba, Call me

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Fri Jul 02 2021
4

Fantastic piece of late 60's "pop" jazz.

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Wed Jul 28 2021
4

July 27, 2021 This lowkey sounds like elevator music but I'm into it??? Kind of a great listen for July.

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Wed Aug 04 2021
4

Hard to decide between 3 and 4 stars - I liked the atmosphere but it was ruined by a couple of tracks.

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Sun Sep 19 2021
4

Some fun jazzy samba vibes. Pretty happy and good as a background for life.

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Thu Nov 18 2021
4

Wahnsinnig abwechslungsreiches Album ohne vom Stil abzuweichen. Tolle Stimme. Tolle Mood. Mochte nur das Lied mit dem Kind nicht. Das erste Album, das mich überzeugt hat. Sims vibes

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Fri Dec 03 2021
4

Chill, soft, and relaxing. Not incredible, but a nice 'sit on the beach with a beer' sort of sound.

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Fri Dec 17 2021
4

Fun! Will listen again. Favorited one track. [insert articulate reasons why]

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Fri Dec 17 2021
4

Astrud sait pertinemment qu'elle raconte n'importe quoi et se réjouit d'imaginer ses auditeurs européens claquer des doigts sur le rythme de ses mélodieux baragouinages. Bien joué Astrud.

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Sun Feb 06 2022
4

What's not to like? Passed this one up on vinyl awhile back and now I regret it.

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Fri Mar 18 2022
4

What a beach samba this was. Tanning outside this really is a sweet lil cool smooth sweat upbeat album to lightly relax to

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Thu May 05 2022
4

I love me some bossa nova. Astrud has such a wonderful voice.

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Fri Jun 10 2022
4

Canny. Some questionable choices - the circus thing was pretty bleak, but otherwise an enjoyable enough album.

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