Caetano calls it "one of my favorite records", feeling that it reaches a level of musicianship he was unable to achieve on previous albums. It also proved popular with the Brazilian public, due partly to its inclusion of a new version of the old samba "Mora na Filosofia", originally by Monsueto Menezes. It was listed by Rolling Stone Brazil as one of the 10 best Brazilian albums in history. Its success would set up the failure of the much more unconventional followup, Araçá Azul. On August 2016, Pitchfork elected "You Don't Know Me" as the 73rd best song from the seventies. Journalist Kevin Lozano writes:
[in the song] he writes what is probably his purest and most unvarnished expression of the loss he experienced during those years, 'Feel so lonely/The world is spinning around slowly,' he sings. The song floats between Portuguese and English seamlessly, highlighting the essential emotion irrevocably lost in translation. It's a masterpiece of a song that could only be written from the point of a view of an exile.