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All Music Guide - J. Allen
Sometimes a region's musical tradition is best served when its practitioners are a long way from home, feeling the pull of their roots but inevitably mixing them with the sounds of their current surroundings. Such is the case with Forro in the Dark, the band of Brazilian expats whose buzz status was ignited by their long-standing residency at New York's NuBlu, and culminated in their 2006 debut album, Bonfires of São Joao. With a somewhat re-jiggered lineup, they pick up the thread of that release with the follow-up, Light a Candle. Forro, the Northern Brazilian style from which the band takes its name, is propulsive party music, and that fact is not forgotten here; the band's...
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All Music Guide - J. Allen
Sometimes a region's musical tradition is best served when its practitioners are a long way from home, feeling the pull of their roots but inevitably mixing them with the sounds of their current surroundings. Such is the case with Forro in the Dark, the band of Brazilian expats whose buzz status was ignited by their long-standing residency at New York's NuBlu, and culminated in their 2006 debut album, Bonfires of São Joao. With a somewhat re-jiggered lineup, they pick up the thread of that release with the follow-up, Light a Candle. Forro, the Northern Brazilian style from which the band takes its name, is propulsive party music, and that fact is not forgotten here; the band's two percussionists, Mauro Refosco and Davi Vieira, kick up a storm of jubilant syncopation, while Jorge Continentino's flute and Guilherme Monteiro's guitar mix straight-up forro with flickers of rock, R&B, jazz, and more. As on the last album, these N.Y.C. scene-makers are joined by some local guest stars; Brazilian Girls frontwoman Sabina Sciubba pops up to lend her lissome croon to the smoky-sounding "Silence Is Golden," which bears a bit of a European cabaret vibe, and singer/songwriter Jesse Harris sidles up to "Just Like Every Other Night," the album's most American-flavored tune, which he co-wrote with Refosco. Despite stylistic excursions like these and the reggae-tinged "Nonsensical," though, the band still shows plenty of fealty to its origins. Not only are there covers of a couple of traditional forro tunes -- Teo Azevedo's "Saudades de Manezinho Araujo" and Edmilson do Pifano's "Forro de Dois Amigos," but Monteiro composed a new instrumental tune, featuring Vieira's pifano flute, that sounds for all the world like an old-school forro classic. Seemingly, you can take the boys out of Brazil, but…well, you know the rest.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/13/2009
  • Label: Nat. Geo Music
  • UPC: 899564002038
  • Catalog Number: 3
  • Sales rank: 151,681

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bandinha (2:55)
  2. 2 Saudades de Manezinho Araújo (3:14)
  3. 3 Nonsensical (4:25)
  4. 4 Better Than You (3:19)
  5. 5 Baiáo Embolado (2:36)
  6. 6 Perro Loco (3:25)
  7. 7 Lilou (4:04)
  8. 8 Silence Is Golden (3:24)
  9. 9 Anão de Jardim (2:34)
  10. 10 Lampião Chegou (3:08)
  11. 11 Caipirinha (3:42)
  12. 12 Forró de Dois Amigos (3:16)
  13. 13 Just Like Every Other Night (2:53)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Forro in the Dark Primary Artist
Jesse Harris Vocals
Jorge Amorim Background Vocals, Surdo
Mauro Refosco Percussion, Triangle, Background Vocals, Melodica, Pandeiro, Agogo
Davi Vieira Percussion, Triangle, Vocals, Background Vocals, Pandeiro, Snare Drums, Agogo, cowbell
Alberto Continentino Bass, Background Vocals
Sabina Sciubba Vocals
Guilherme Monteiro Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Bass, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Guitar (Baritone)
Jorge Continentino Clarinet, Flute, Bass Clarinet, Alto Flute, Ocarina, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Vocals, Background Vocals, Shaker, fender rhodes
Technical Credits
Jesse Harris Composer
Mauro Refosco Composer
Teo Azevedo Composer
Davi Vieira Composer
Sabina Sciubba Composer
Gilmar Gomes Composer
Guilherme Monteiro Composer
Jorge Continentino Composer
Forro in the Dark Producer
Teo Azevedo Composer
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