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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
On their third album, the ever eclectic Brazilian Girls return to the joyful bohemian groove magic of their debut. Most importantly, they once again make it sound effortless and play their downtown worldbeat loose rather than lazy, making their loft music more welcoming than it was on Talk to La Bomb, the too clever sophomore effort that suffered from a slight case of entitlement. Here, the meticulously arranged opener, "St. Petersburg," announces that the Girls are out to earn their accolades this time as soundtrack music, tribal beats, and shuffling jazz all pass under Sabina Sciubba's intoxicating vocals. When she offers "Here is your anthem/Now go to hell," it's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
On their third album, the ever eclectic Brazilian Girls return to the joyful bohemian groove magic of their debut. Most importantly, they once again make it sound effortless and play their downtown worldbeat loose rather than lazy, making their loft music more welcoming than it was on Talk to La Bomb, the too clever sophomore effort that suffered from a slight case of entitlement. Here, the meticulously arranged opener, "St. Petersburg," announces that the Girls are out to earn their accolades this time as soundtrack music, tribal beats, and shuffling jazz all pass under Sabina Sciubba's intoxicating vocals. When she offers "Here is your anthem/Now go to hell," it's plain to see that the playfulness and cool flippancy are back, too, something that makes the singalong highlight "Ricardo" such a good-time single, perfect for chic summery weekends. "Internacional" is "Peter Gunn Theme" versus any given Serge Gainsbourg song, and when tubas meet Sciubba's tongue-rolling pronouncement of "Berlin," the track of the same name becomes something like a new wave revival of the musical Cabaret. Rounding out this unclassifiable effort are peaceful moments like "L'Interprete" and electronica-aware pop songs like "I Want Out," plus plenty of Astrud Gilberto-inspired numbers that explain why this group of non-Brazilian musicians gets to use the "B" word. With Brazilian Girls' sense of wonder and love of musical globe-trotting as strong as ever, New York City is a welcome return to form for this very special group.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/5/2008
  • Label: Verve Forecast
  • UPC: 602517643475
  • Catalog Number: 001092902

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 St. Petersburg (4:21)
  2. 2 Losing Myself (4:30)
  3. 3 Berlin (2:42)
  4. 4 Strangeboy (5:23)
  5. 5 Good Time (3:48)
  6. 6 Nouveau Americain (3:56)
  7. 7 L 'Interprete (2:28)
  8. 8 Internacional (6:21)
  9. 9 Ricardo (4:03)
  10. 10 I Want Out (4:24)
  11. 11 Mano de Dios (4:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Brazilian Girls Primary Artist
Baaba Maal Vocals
Clark Gayton Tuba
Michael Irwin Trumpet, Cornet
Doug Wieselman Tenor Saxophone
Kenny Wollesen Conductor, Bass Drums
Didi Gutman Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals, Group Member
Richard Marriott Trombone
Mauro Refosco Percussion
Mike "Love" Williams Bass Trumpet
Aaron Johnston Drums, Background Vocals, Group Member
Sabina Sciubba Vocals, Group Member
Steven Bernstein Peck Horn
Byron Isaacs Bass
Jesse Murphy Bass
Héctor Castillo Background Vocals
Daniel Jodocy Snare Drums
Jonathon Haffner Alto Saxophone
Dalius Naujo Snare Drums
Jennifer Harris Cymbals
Technical Credits
Baaba Maal Composer
Barry Reynolds Composer
William Paden Hensley Digital Editing
Didi Gutman Composer, Programming
Chris Athens Mastering
Hollis King Art Direction
Aaron Johnston Composer
Sabina Sciubba Composer
Kenji Shimoda Engineer
Jesse Murphy Composer
Dahlia Ambach Caplin Executive Producer
Héctor Castillo Producer, Engineer
Dan Bora Engineer
Michael Trepagnier Engineer
Adam Thompson Engineer
Anne Metz Cover Design
Petar Timotic Paintings
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