Timeless is Ageless
Sergio Mendesâ€šÃ„Ã´ latest album, Timeless, is a comeback on a grand scale, with lots of contemporary artists involved. The Roots and Jill Scott contribute to the rich blending of Brazilian beats with pop, hip hop and soul found on this album, produced by the Black Eyed Peas’ will.i.am.With so many musical styles represented, there’s no real coherence to Timeless. Mendes’ weak presence is lost amongst the big names and will’s influence. The infectious â€šÃ„ÃºMas Que Nada,â€šÃ„Ã¹ a song Mendes made famous 40 years ago, blends the old with the new. Itâ€šÃ„Ã´s reworked with the Peasâ€šÃ„Ã´vocals, as they sing, â€šÃ„ÃºThe Black Eyed Peas play it funky fresh yâ€šÃ„Ã´all and we wonâ€šÃ„Ã´t stop til we get yâ€šÃ„Ã´all singinâ€šÃ„Â¶â€šÃ„Ã¹ Itâ€šÃ„Ã´s lively and sexy.
â€šÃ„ÃºPlease Baby Donâ€šÃ„Ã´tâ€šÃ„Ã¹ is a lovely, up-tempo song written and performed by John Legend. He sings, â€šÃ„ÃºYou should run while you can/Find yourself a better man/’Cause I’m known for brief romance.â€šÃ„Ã¹ Itâ€šÃ„Ã´s classy and charming but other than the samba groove, Mendes seems forgotten.
The same can be said of â€šÃ„ÃºLoose Ends,â€šÃ„Ã¹ an eloquent anti-war song co-written and performed by Justin Timberlake. Mendesâ€šÃ„Ã´ sound is relegated to the background as Pharoahe Monch raps, â€šÃ„ÃºMissiles hit civilian villages/and they ease the pain with narcotics/Iâ€šÃ„Ã´m scared but Iâ€šÃ„Ã´m trying to remain patriotic.â€šÃ„Ã¹ Timberlake sings, â€šÃ„ÃºFather, forgive us for we know not what weâ€šÃ„Ã´re doing.â€šÃ„Ã¹ Itâ€šÃ„Ã´s reminiscent of Marvin Gayeâ€šÃ„Ã´s â€šÃ„ÃºWhatâ€šÃ„Ã´s Going Onâ€šÃ„Ã¹ in sentiment and sound.
Timeless could be called ageless, as itâ€šÃ„Ã´s designed to appeal to many. You may not like every song. But donâ€šÃ„Ã´t worry, the next track will be very different, and youâ€šÃ„Ã´ll likely love it.