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Is there a more cosmopolitan band than Brazilian Girls? Inspired vocalist Sabina Sciubba sings in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish, and the group draws on whatever styles it can get its hands on: lounge, funk, cabaret, no wave, electronica, indie rock, bossa nova, you name it. But in the end, Brazilian Girls melt everything into their own unpretentiously artful sound. 2008’s New York City is their third album and it might be their best one yet. “St. Petersburg” and “Nouveau Americain” display the group’s edgier side as Sciubba lets loose over driving rhythms and intriguing instrumental textures. “Berlin” features delightful drums and horns — courtesy of Kenny Wollesen and the Himalayas — that evoke circus music and late-night cabarets. (Wollesen and his group appear on several tracks.) Brazilian Girls are also comfortable with quieter material, as evidenced by the lovely “Mano de Dios” where a hypnotic loop, complete with record scratch, serves as an atmospheric backdrop for Sciubba’s slow, prayer-like vocals. And on “Perpetuo Mobile,” the singer is accompanied by lulling keyboard, wonderful drumming, and a web of floating tones.

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Addicted to Brazilian Girls! These Dealers Deliver!

I can't explain it. Since the first show my wife and I saw at Blind Pig in Ann Arbor, I've been addicted to Brazilian Girls. Not a huge concert goer, I've also seen them in Pomona, CA, Brooklyn, NY, and Lollapalooza in Chicago and I need another hit! I'm a little devastated about bass player Jesse Murphy seemingly absent from this album but the new guy handled his own on Sunday. Although I didn't hear as much intricate bass playing on this album, I must say it has a distinctive groove of it's own - a bit more airy - but intense nonetheless. Romantic and fantastical, it delivers international flavor on the back of rhythmic electro-funk beats. Very good to your earhole! Internacional is by far my favorite, followed by St. Petersburg. Congrats on another excellent album and please play more small venues for those of us addicts.

Brazilian Girls are so talented!!

For all of you who don't think this band has it, wait just a minute. I'll admit that the pleasure of this album may come from a previously acquired taste for their eclectic musical influences. If you really don't like these songs at the first listen, don't insult them by saying it's "not for anyone" because that is utter bull. Brazilian Girls have music for everyone... by everyone. Go back to their self titled album. From their you'll understand the true brilliance of the group. This cd is just a further expansion on the inital artistic jamband brilliance they started out with. Now they are more coordinated, more precise, and the sound is saucy as all get out. The singer not only has a sexy voice, but she uses it in several different languages. Right off the bat They bring something new to the table right there. How many artists do you know can actually pull off singing in other languages without it sounding corny. Not only do they pull it off but they make it sound right. I wouldn't have them any other way. Viva la banda!! I wish them success!

A bit anti-climactic

The off-kilter grooves behind Brazilian Girls' songs was always part of their charm...but this time there's more ambience than actual tunes. L'Interprete and Mano de Dios are abstract mood pieces that quickly wear thin; they sound like promising production demos that no one ever got around to actually writing anything for. Ricardo doesn't have much of a melody, either, but the charging-elephant horns at least offer compelling quirkiness. That's not to say there aren't any keepers: St. Petersburg, Losing Myself, and Good Time are all infectious head-bobbers, while Strangeboy and I Want Out are compositionally thin but uniquely weird enough to lose yourself in. But while Nouveau Americain and Internacional both have solid club grooves, the latter finds Sabina Sciubba doing little more than rattling off cities the band has toured. There's still enough here to make you want to keep an eye on them, but of their three albums it's inarguably the weakest.

Biography

Formed: NY

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '00s

Their music incorporates bits of reggae, electronica, jazz, bossa nova, and you name it, and despite their name, no one in the band is Brazilian. The sexy/quirky/mysterious Brazilian Girls are three men — Didi Gutman on keyboards and computers, Jesse Murphy on bass, and Aaron Johnston on drums — and one woman, Sabina Sciubba, the vocalist who often enjoys wearing lacy eye masks on-stage and sings in no less than five different languages. Sciubba was born in Rome but grew up in Nice and...
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