By Will Hermes
Updated January 19, 2007 05:00 AM
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A nod to the current ’80s-rock revival from the veteran Brazilian shape-shifter, with help from his son Moreno and other young ‘uns. What transforms into more than antsy retro guitar rock is Caetano Veloso’s supple vocals and stylistic experimentation, making it occasionally redolent of tropicália — the psychedelic, literate hippie-era pop movement Veloso helped sire. The lyrics can be surprisingly (if elegantly) X-rated in translation, not to mention soul-searching — as on the final track, a poignant political meditation on race relations.