Tetine are a duo from Sao Paulo, Brazil, and upon hearing this album's opener, 90-second "I Go To The Doctor", one might assume they're following the footsteps of Bonde Do Role and CSS (who actually remix the track, at the end of the album) in bringing baile funk inspired party music to a wider audience. Listening to the rest of the album, however, proves that the band has many more tricks up its sleeve.
Some of the band's biggest stylistic influences seem to be '80s synth-pop/new wave and acid house. "Melo Do Carrao" melds Portuguese rapping with a thumping acid house beat and an almost Kraftwerkian melody. "Let The X Be X" has a sunny melody and sounds a bit like one of Yello's dancier moments. "Entertainment No. 249" and "What A Gift To Get" are the most new wave inspired tracks, and reflect the influence of the '80s Brazilian post-punk scene (Tetine's Bruno Verner actually helped compile Soul Jazz's "Sexual Life Of The Savages" compilation).
Not all of the ideas work so well; the slower tracks just seem to drag on forever. But the band definitely switches things up and keeps it unpredictable, and the best tracks are truly something fresh and exciting, making this album well worth checking out. 7/10 -- Paul Simpson (25 June, 2008)