Na Balada by Michel Teló
Released: Apr 2012
Label: Columbia
The story of Michel Teló's amazing rise to fame echoes throughout Na Balada. Once upon a time, Teló was a little-known singer of sertanejo (Brazilian country), a background that reverberates in the ever-present accordion and hop-scotching rhythms here. Then, "Ai Se Eu Te Pego" became a massive global hit, thanks in part to a viral video and fans like Pitbull. The result? A live album that documents Teló's now feverishly devoted crowd (who threaten to out-sing him) and the charming vocal presence that helped get him here. Clubby cut "Eu Te Amo E Open Bar" also points to a potential pop future.
Rachel Devitt
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