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Album Review

Slick bossa nova rhythms and exotic lounge stylings fuse in the hip, world-influenced indie pop of Brazzaville. While the music is reassuring and enveloping like the lapping waves of a tropical beach, listen closely to the lyrics lying just under the surface of the saxophone-led music and you hear sad, if poetic, tales of broken lives: hobos, drug addicts, and more. This contrast adds dimension to the already very sophisticated jazz-inflected topical alt-pop.


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Led by Beck saxophonist David Brown, Brazzaville's exotic, globally minded indie pop was as much a product of Brown's extensive travels as it was the Los Angeles coffeehouse scene from whence most of its members came. Born in L.A., Brown had been a teenage runaway and heroin addict before cleaning up and finding a new lease on life from his love of traveling the world on the cheap. He criss-crossed Europe, South America, and Asia, picking up musical influences from the Far East, Brazil (bossa nova...
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