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New York City

Brazilian Girls Audio CD

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The result of nearly eight months' worth of work on their own and with producer Hector Castillo, the boldly titled New York City is Brazilian Girls' most sophisticated, dynamic effort yet. To be sure, the album contains its fair share (more, really) of uptempo party-starters: 'We just want to have a good time all the time,' Sciubba admits gleefully over an infectious hand-clap beat in the aptly named 'Good Time,' while 'Losing Myself' rides a go-go organ groove. Yet New York City also reveals a deeper, more contemplative side of Brazilian Girls' sound, one that Johnston says reflects the band's desire to 'actually sit down and write rather than just jam at the club.'Sciubba cites influences like Caetano Veloso and Feist. 'I think we were feeling like we wanted to push ourselves in other directions,' adds Gutman. 'We were interested in exploring a wider range of emotions.'

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Amazon.com: 3.7 out of 5 stars  17 reviews
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good not great and best for already established fans Sept. 28 2008
By J. Wright Witcher - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This the third Brazilian Girls CD is another evolution for them - just as much as Jique was compared to their Brazilian Girls debut album. Words and music have gone from dreamy/introspective and infused with sex (debut), to edgy/political (Jique) to, in this case, verging on obscure. Established BG fans like me will keep listening to it, and it does grow on you - but not without effort. If you have had someone say to you, "Brazilian Girls are great - check them out", I'd strongly recommend that you start with one or the other of their first two CD's. As always, in order to really like these guys, you have to have fairly eclectic musical taste and internationalist tendencies - lyrics are in English here, in French, Italian, German or Spanish there, often within the same piece (and no lyricis in the liner notes -shame!). Rhythmic intensity, a trademark of BG from the beginning, is definitely still here, though maybe not as inventive as in previous CD's. I look forward to seeing Brazilian Girls live as they tour this - if you like live shows, do not miss them - Sabrina Sciubba is electric, and both Didi Gutman and Aaron Johnston are awesome musicians. The energy level is very high. BG have replaced their old website with a good MySpace page - tour dates, samples, etc are all there.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too loose, too everything-at-once Nov. 11 2008
By Scott Woods - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
After a first record that hit all the right spots and a sophomore effort that did not, this third offering is somewhere between "alright" and "okay". It's more experimental, but not in all the right directions. Too loose, too everything-at-once. Not as sure-footed. A few tracks work, but this mostly comes off as mish-mash of noodlings.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed. Sept. 21 2008
By Music Lover 327 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
First let me say: the first two Brazilian Girls albums are incredible. I have listened to them more than any other two albums I own over the last couple of years. This one is a lot different, mainly because it lacks the rhythmic bass lines and instead adds some sort of tribal-sounding drums. Also, there seems to be less creativity in the song structure and certainly the lyrics are less interesting. I did not look to see who writes the lyrics, but for whatever reason there is certainly a down-turn since the earlier two albums. Judged on its own merits, this is an OK album. It is pretty typical for the genre, with 3 or 4 decent songs and several that I would rather not listen to again. I will probably not play it very often in the future, but I still have the first two Brazilian Girls albums which remain favorites in my collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Negative Reviews Are Bizarre March 18 2009
By voomer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I don't have much to say, but I want to rebalance the rating for this record with my 5 stars. I listen to so many hyped bands characterized as refreshing hybrids of international styles, only to be disappointed at the lack of creativity and, especially, good songs. Not this record. The weakest song, "Losing Myself," is probably the most like the prior records. Other than that one, the songs are fascinating, brilliantly and effectively all over the map. If only more bands lived up to the hype, or if only this band got more of it.
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting! Aug. 5 2008
By Anthony Morelli - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This has to be the most International sounding of all the 3 BG albums so far. Far less based on bouncy, electronic keyboard riffs and pounding bass lines, "NYC" is edgier, slower and everything in between, leaving behind their familiar sexy sound I adored on the other 2 cds. It's still worth the 5-star rating because of the BG themselves, and the hard work they put into their music, but I wasn't left blown away or feeling satisfied like before. The 1st half of the album is better than the rest and I pretty much lost interest during the last two songs, although the track 11 has a dark "death march" sound to it in the last minute or so. My favorite tracks are: 1,2,3,4 and 5. Track 10 isn't bad either. At least 6 songs caught my attention, making the album worth having.

The pics in the booklet are candid and colorful. Sabina's pictured without some apparatus obscuring her pretty face. Aaron's got a patch-work haircut which looks kind of ridiculous because he's really a great looking guy. Some of the instruments & arrangements remind me of the noise Bjork used on her 2 latest albums, which is cool, because it adds drama to the songs. I don't know, if there were more bouncy numbers...like for example: "Don't Stop" or "Last Call" or "Jique"...the album would've really shone and stood out, but it just doesn't for me. As for the disc itself, I like the coloring and design in silver, black and aqua. Very neat and so BG at the same time.

Tracklisting & Time:
01- St. Petersburg - 4'21
02- Losing Myself - 4'28
03- Berlin - 2'39
04- Strangeboy - 5'21
05- Good Time - 3'47
06- Nouveau Americain - 3'53
07- L'interprete - 2'27
08- InternaCional - 6'19
09- Ricardo - 4'01
10- I Want Out - 4'24
11- Mano De Dios - 4'23

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