12 O'Clock Track: "Coração," a slice of summer from Bárbara Eugenia

Posted by Peter Margasak on Wed, Jul 10, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Bárbara Eugenia
  • 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.

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Nice song. Do you have any hints as to where to purchase a CD copy besides Dusty Groove which is currently out of stock?

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Posted by Bill on 07/11/2013 at 8:36 AM

https://vimeo.com/41985909

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Posted by frymartini on 07/11/2013 at 11:16 AM

@Bill--I doubt that there's anywhere to get it in the US outside of Dusty Groove, which is where I got my copy.

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Posted by Peter Margasak on 07/11/2013 at 2:33 PM

After reading the NYT article about sky high prices in Brazil, I now know why Brazilian CD's cost upwards of $30 and LP's upwards of $70 at Dusty Groove. Let's just hope the World Cup and Olympics go off without a hitch. I want Brazil to succeed.

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Posted by Mark on 07/23/2013 at 8:18 AM

I just bought a CD of hers for $52 on Amazon. Can't beat that and sure costs less than flying to Rio and back.

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Posted by Wendy on 07/25/2013 at 1:52 PM
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