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Little Brazil
Tighten The Noose
Mt. Fuji Records
www.littlebrazil.net


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


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