Talk to La Bomb
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With a fierce new set of songs, Brazilian Girls seduce the listener into new territories with their signature beautiful melodies and infectious grooves. Their sophomore effort, Talk To La Bomb is all about rocking the crowds and making them dance. La Bombis a clear evolution of the Brazilian Girls' melting pop sound. They add new textures and twists to the seductive, catchy, humorous, mysterious, danceable and multi-lingual sounds that marked their self-titled debut album.
It's not a bright and sunny day in the land of Brazilian Girls anymore. That's the message one might take from "Jique," the opening track of this, their second album. In concert, they've performed "Jique" more playfully, but on Talk to La Bomb, a snarling bass-line and juggernaut drum riff drive this piece of post-industrial squall as singer Sabina Sciubba maintains her sophisticated cool against the electronic storm surge. There are no more cute songs with choruses that go "Pussy pussy pussy marijuana" like those that appeared on their first blast of joyful noise. This is a darker album full of Babel language, post-war rage, and techno-hysteria. "I always have an orgasm when the tanks are rolling, crashing through the borders," Sciubba declares on "Never Met a German." Brazilian Girls maintain the same kinetic thrust and hook-laden melodies as before, but they've turned up the rhythmic aggression and electronic squelch to 11. Attitudes that were bemused in "Lazy Lover" are now pissed off in "Sexy Asshole." Even when they start off sultry, like in "Rules of the Game," it turns into sardonic, synth-fuzzed anger. There is a stridency to some of the tracks, including the title piece, which starts out echoing Miles Davis's "Bitches Brew" before launching into a militaristic rhythm and sloganeering chorus. Only "Nicotine" has that seductive, late-night rendezvous mood of their first album, and even that has a bit of the Residents' zombie groove happening. On Talk to La Bomb, Brazilian Girls move from seducers to provocateurs. --John Diliberto
Top Customer Reviews
The Brazilian Girls return with another mix of upbeat electronica, organic rock, jazz and world music. This is nonstop erotic dance music for jet setters, with the proudly Euro-trash Sabina Sciubba riding the grooves like an old, charismatic pro.
What separates these non-Brazilians from the pack is that they are old school musicians with real ability and they've gelled together as an unbreakably tight unit.
Sabina has a voice clarified and honed by years of singing jazz that enchants the listener without overwhelming bandmates Didi Gutman, Aaron Johnston, and Jesse Murphy. The band's melodic and rhythmic synergy makes their music at once danceable and memorable, and worked to great effect on their eponymous debut. Melody dominated "Brazilian Girls", but their live performances and their remix of Blossom Dearie's "Just One of Those Things" on the third Verve Remixed compilation showcased an underlying yet relentlessly driving beat.
"Talk to La Bomb" is more effective than "Brazilian Girls" was at bringing this melodic but powerful energy to a studio album, perhaps because the new album's mood is darker and sharper.
Languages roll off Sabina's tongue with the same sexy insouciance that genres spring from her bandmates' fingers.
On "Jique," she mashes up Spanish, French, German, and oh yeah, English.
This New York-based band of vagabonds makes multicultural, cosmopolitan, intellectual dance music: Ibiza meets punk, dub goes tango, trance gets smart. And with her tongue-in-chic costumes and cool delivery, Sciubba could be the 21st century's first superstar-style siren.
What I regaled in then, the musical complexity, the adventurous free spirit and celebration of their uniqueness, the electronics languidly french kissing the acoustic, the Brazilian girls not only still have it but have risen from upcoming stars to full fledge big bright burning sun.
Yes, the tracks to lazily love to, take up less space on their new offering, only to make room for more upbeat dance floor gems. The groove, ideas and effort that these artists puts in one single song, some bands stretch to fill a full album. Talk to la bomb is a rich mosaic, a colorful voyage, a kick arse romp, a romantic date on the vertiginous edge.
Like a reflection of New York, the city they call home.
Long live the talent and originality of one of the most crucial bands of this decade.
alternative electronic rock, pretty good stuff. good vocals and hard hitting dance music. they have a lot of energy behind them, each song has distinct lyrics. the lyrics make the music really flow. it has bossa nova influences, just listen to the beats. Check them out
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TTLB incorporates Reggae, Electronica, Jazz, Bossa nova, Groove, you name it. Mainly English, TTLB is laced together brilliantly with five additional languages (Italian, Spanish, German and French). Ironically, despite the band name, no one in the band is Brazilian. BG are:
Sabina Sciubba (vox)
Didi Gutman (keyboards backing vox, computers)
Jesse Murphy (bass & backing vox)
Aaron Johnston (drums & backing vox)
Bouncy, freeform and playful, BG's "TTLB" offers a wide range of styles for the avid music collector, which for me is the best aspect of the discovery of a little-known or underrated band. Bands/Artists that come to mind are: Catherine Deneuve (duet with Bjork on the Selmasongs soundtrack), Nena (99 Luftballoons), Régine Chassagne (The Arcade Fire). As for the band, some of their songs sound like music produced by Supreme Beings of Leisure or Groove Closet. Although I've no preferences track-wise, I really do love track 3 and have it on repeat in my discman. Sound quality is rich & clear, whether you're using headphones or playing it on the entertainment system. Overall balance (track sequence) is perfect, therefore creating the perfect listening experience. For me, TTLB is ear candy because I love songs with a groovy beat and lots of rhythm and vocal presentation.
The 8-page (2-sided) booklet is fun, funky and groovy, featuring band photos & credits (including additional info & website info) on the interior. Flip the booklet over and you find hand-drawn artwork. The disc features a white/grey background with little bombs either waiting to or detonating. Titling is in Yellow on bottom half of disc. Traycard features a b/w drawing of bombs waiting to detonate as well. The artwork concept is whimsical in a shocking way. TTLB is an excellent album for someone with an ever-growing, eclectic music collection and an appreciation of craftily-produced tunes. Brazilian Girls are just what our present music industry needs (to kick the mainstream music industry in the butt). It's true, Sabina is no pop princess and her voice is smooth, smoky and amusing at times. Playful bands such as BG deserve lots of airplay and publicity. Unfortunately, I haven't seen/heard them on the TV or Radio.
Photography: Danny Clinch
Creative Direction: Jeff Ayeroff and Hollis King
Art Direction: Christopher Frederick and Adria Petty
Additional Design: Sabina Sciubba
Drawings: Petar Podeemaljac
Photos of Drawings at the World Famous Nublu: Vladimir Radojicic
01- Jique - 4:17
02- All About Us - 3:59
03- Last Call - 4:10
04- Never Met A German - 2:35
05- Sweatshop - 4:36
06- Le Territoire - 4:58
07- Rules Of The Game - 4:46
08- Talk To The Bomb - 5:42
09- Nicotine - 3:31
10- Tourist Trap - 5:01
11- Sexy A**Hole - 6:44
12- Problem - 2:32
"Talk To La Bomb" (12 tracks, 53 min.) is definitely a left turn away from the debut album, with ever harder to classify. There are the obvious dance and electronics, but also jazz and other snippets. Lead singer Sabina Sciubba switches from English to French, and even to German or Italian, throughout the album. The album's opener is a blazing "Jique". The first third of the album is heavy on the danceable stuff, with songs like "All About Us" and "Last Call". The middle section of the album is far more pensive with songs like "Sweatshop" and "Rules of the Game", when the band reminds me of Blond Redhead. The last part of the album is a free-for-all, and the band frankly loses me on songs like "Tourist Trap" and the closer "Problem". Cut out several of the latter songs and we have a 4 star album.
In all "Talk to La Bomb" in certainly not a bad album, but not as enjoyable as the band's debut album. I had the opportunity to catch Brazilian Girls in concert not long ago, and they put on a terrific show, nicely mising up songs from both of their albums, although, truth be told, the songs from the debut album got the bigger applause. Check them out!
You'll love it.