Must Hear Music
Reviews Archives
Bargain Basement
Music DVD
Send Us Mail
Contact Us

Little Brazil
Tighten The Noose
Mt. Fuji Records

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 genre.

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.

-Rachel Fredrickson

Track Listing:
1. A Thrilling Entrance
2. Last Night
3. Shades
4. Used To Think
5. Stretching Skin
6. On The Ropes
7. Never Leave You
8. Good Day Goodbye
9. Harlots For Hope
10. Packed
11. Killing Confidence

Check out more reviews

Talk Back
e-mail the chief

Like this article?
e-mail it to a friend!


Mike Doughty

none now

South By Southwest 2014
David DeVoe

South By Southwest 2013
David DeVoe

Red Hook Music Festival
George Dow

SXSW 2012
David DeVoe

Our Favorite Records 2011
Hybrid Staff

Rachel Fredrickson

Rachel Fredrickson

Warped Tour 2011
Rachel Fredrickson

Eddie Spaghetti
Melissa Skrbic-Huss

Murder By Death
Mike DeLeo

Mike Doughty
Boulder, CO

Denver, CO

Imagine Dragons
Denver, CO

Cambridge, MA

Young Magic
Denver, CO

Warped Tour 2012
Denver, CO

Denver, CO

Mike Doughty
Denver, CO

Kansas City, MO

Other Lives
Lawrence, KS

Los Campesinos
Boston, MA

The Civil Wars
Lawrence, KS

Ha Ha Tonka
Lawrence, KS

Lawrence, KS

hybridmagazine.com is updated daily except when it isn't.
New film reviews are posted every week like faulty clockwork.
Wanna write for hybrid? Send us an e-mail.
© 1996-2009 [noun] digital media. All rights reserved worldwide. All content on hybridmagazine.com and levelheadedmusic.com is the intellectual property of Hybrid Magazine and its respective creators. No part of hybridmagazine.com or levelheadedmusic.com may be reproduced in any format without expressed written permission. For complete masthead and physical mailing address, Click Here.