Ok, I've obviously heard of the term "crunk" when it
refers to a type of music dealing with the Hip-Hop realm. But
when I went to the MySpace page of Little Brazil, I did
not expect to find them classified under this rather interesting
Perhaps the "crunk" that they were talking about was
more the style of drum sounds rather than the literal definition
of a subdivision of rap and electro music. Because this band is
more like a band of the Indie Rock persuasion. Their music is
refreshing and simplistic. The whole album has a theme of childish
enthusiasm for good music that continuously gets stuck in your
head. A few odd balls are thrown into the mix, to switch up the
melodic content. In "Used To Think", the electric guitar
deepens and the drums get slower to bring in an alternative sound
and then suddenly it all turns around to a light rock similar
to The Beach Boys. The overlaying guitars, heightened presence
of cymbals, and even the addition of orchestral instruments in
the song "Never Leave You" draw in influences of bands
like Snow Patrol and The Fray. I really enjoy "Packed"
and I don't know if it's because within the first 10 seconds of
the song I'm thrown back to the time of Better Than Ezra.
Or possibly it could be the much stronger rock sound, with the
acoustic guitar and simplified progressions. "Killing Confidence"
ends the album off on a good foot. It starts with just the bass
and lead vocals, again leading more towards alternative... almost
speaks of a Presidents Of The United States Of America
touch, almost. In the end this is my favorite of the album.
Nope, not drunk and drugged, so definitely not "crunk."
Yet still a band worth checking out. They have the kind of high-energy
rock that doesn't need anything else to get you moving.
1. A Thrilling Entrance
2. Last Night
4. Used To Think
5. Stretching Skin
6. On The Ropes
7. Never Leave You
8. Good Day Goodbye
9. Harlots For Hope
11. Killing Confidence
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