New York City
Label: Verve Forecast
The Brazilian Girls are painting with a darker palette these days -- less "pussy marijuana" and more Escape From New York, even a hint of Radiohead in there -- but New York City glows with all the allure that a decadent society can produce. As Sabina Sciubba sings (sounding more like Marlene Dietrich than ever), you can see the rain-slicked streets, the dark glow of streetlights, the heady rush of the city. She navigates between tongues -- German, Spanish, French, English -- as if she's dodging traffic, while the band's cabaret-meets-rave aesthetic sounds better than ever.