Michel Teló Na Balada

Following in the Sertanejo tradition (a musical style that originated in the countryside of Brazil during the '20s), Na Balada is a poppy, cheery, all round feel-good album. Setting the casual, light-hearted mood typical of this style, Teló starts with international hit single "Ai Se Eu Te Pego." Except for "Pra Ser Perfeito (Eu E Vocé)," a love ballad, and "Eu Te Amo E Open Bar," a flimsy attempt at the dance/techno genre, the rest of the album sounds pretty much the same: catchy and danceable tunes with an accordion as the prominent instrument. Hearing this album made me think of sunny days and, frankly, put a smile on my face. It's happy and bouncy, and it's always cool to hear the audience react and sing as the tunes move along in a live recording. (Sony)