- Marcos Vilas Boas
- Bárbara Eugenia
There are a number of English-language songs on É o Que Temos
(Oi Música), the recent album from the terrific Brazilian singer Bárbara Eugenia
, but it seems unlikely that any of them—not to mention the ones sung in her native Portuguese—will find many ears here in the U.S. There's nothing new about that—sing in a language other than English and the odds that your music will get heard in this country are slim to none. That's a shame, of course, but hey, when you're an exceptional country like the USA, who needs that subpar shit produced outside of our borders? Well, I can't help but wish our musical borders were a lot more porous, especially when Eugenia has made such an accessible, hooky record. Every tune sounds like a hit to me, and she even delivers a killer Portuguese-language cover of Neil Diamond's "I Am I Said" ("Porgue Brigamos"). But the album's opener, "Coração," is the one that's really stuck in my head lately. A breezy, gently sashaying midtempo gem that in another era might've been the song of summer, it's today's 12 O'Clock Track
; check it out after the jump.
This post was edited to reflect the fact that É o Que Temos is not the debut album by Eugenia.