Daniela Mercury has always been ahead of her time and this album, Canibalia, is no different.
While I completely agree that the production values are completely out of control - there are five producers! - The essence of the album nonetheless, is a forward and cohesive move by the artist who has never been satisfied with repeating herself nor her past successful formulas. This is a study of antropofagia in 21st century music from Brazil. All of Mercury's albums have been ecclectic and while some have been definite masterpieces, her entire discography has much to offer.
In this album, the stand outs are: Trio em Transe,Oya por Nos, Preta, Castelo Imaginario, Bencao do Samba and O Que Sera. Secondary to these: O Que e Que a Baiana Tem and A vida E Um Carnaval (a gorgeous translation of Celia Cruz's mega hit)and Tico Tico no Fuba.
The rest are just short of "on the mark": Sol do Sul (too simplistic but catchy), Dona Desse Lugar (too anthemic and grandiose), This Life is Beautiful (too complicated and not cohesive), Cinco Meninos (great but progressively sappy) and One Love (great retro version of Sara Tavares' original but belongs on club dance floor).
I will hold ground to say that like Sou de Qualquer Lugar- the first (and beautiful) album that Mercury released with a heavy dose of fusion between electronic and axe/samba-reggae, Canibalia will prove to be yet another gem in her discography.
That said, Canibalia due to it heavy handed production, will live best as a live show. I found this link online with a good number of the songs on the CD-[...] do not know how long it will be up ...