We gave it a B
This Manhattan quartet Brazilian Girls gained attention (and the frequent qualifier ”neither Brazilians, nor all girls”) with their kaleidoscopic 2005 debut. The follow-up contains the same dizzy mix of bossa nova, jazz, rock, and electro beats. It’s all shaped to the whims of slinky lead singer Sabina Sciubba, whose insouciant lyrics veer from English to French to German to Italian to Spanish. On Talk to La Bomb, her vocals sex up even unsexy topics like illegal labor (”Sweatshop”) and post-tequila fallout (”Tourist Trap”). With such intercontinental charm, even barfing is fair musical game.