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Mosquitos

MosquitosAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (August 12, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bar/None Records
  • ASIN: B00009IB5D
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #333,890 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Rainsong
2. Boombox
3. Mosquito
4. Forever Song
5. Love Stew
6. Policeman
7. Next To Me
8. Preguina
9. Juju & Blue
10. Footsteps
11. Pure Like Snow
12. So Far Away
13. Semente
14. Nos Dois
15. Mosquito (Reprise)

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Far from the annoying little bug that leaves small welts from its bites, the New York City trio Mosquitos is a charming combo that enchants with a sexy mix of bossa nova and indie pop. While the music doesn't quite swing as real bossa nova and samba does, Brazilian singer Juju's breathy vocals (she sings in both English and Portuguese) add just the right amount of sensual authenticity. The New York contingent of Chris Root and John Marshall Smith handle light-hearted guitar, burbling Wurlitzer organ and the low budget drum machine, alternately creating an earnest bedroom pop aesthetic and a more sophisticated bossa-pop sound: imagine if Sergio Mendes and Brazil 66 had recorded at a Brooklyn apartment home studio in the new millennium. Highlights include the poppy "Rainsong," the playful bossa nova "Boombox," and the funny "Policeman," in which the protagonist is looking to bribe the officer. This self-styled bedroom bossa nova is a warm ray of light on the rainiest of afternoons. --Tad Hendrickson

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brazilian twee -- a sugary, melodic treat June 27, 2004
Format:Audio CD
An absolute delight. Finding the perfect midway point between Brazilian cool and sugary indiepop twee, New York's Mosquitos feature vocals by Juju Stulbach, a Rio-born expatriate who combines the airy, insouciance of Astrud Gilberto with the flip, casual, DIY mellowness of the North American cutesy-pop crowd. There's a relaxed love of melody that suggests a debt to Yo La Tengo, as well as a simplicity and cleanness of line that brings New Zealand's The Bats to mind... Stulbach's Portuguese-language vocals are a highlight, with a fluidity and good-natured tone that should draw in any devotee of classic, roller-rinky Brazilian pop, as well as fans of BMX Bandits, Beat Happening and the whole Pacific Northwest lo-fi scene. Admittedly, the cutesy, naifish English-language lyrics of singer-guitarist Chris Root don't hold up as well to repeated listenings, but they put the record into the right context... In short, this is the perfect twee-pop album that native Brazilian indie bands have yet to create: it's lovely and dreamy, full of pretty sounds and foreign words... what's not to love?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Debut CD December 31, 2003
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I became aware of the Mosquitos from a public radio station here in Pittsburgh, PA (WYEP). The very first time they played the song "Boombox" it put a hook in me. It's been a long time since a pop song moved me so quickly upon a first hearing that way. This band have very instinctual "pop sensibilities", no doubt about that!
The Mosquitos is a joyful blend of a retro-styled Beatnick-era Jazz and modern-day urbanism. What struck me was the immediate commercial applicability of some of these numbers. There's just a "neat" feel to this sound, I can't quit reduce it to a few words or put my finger on it easily - it's slick, it's hip, it's groovy, and it's fun all at the same time in equal measure.
I agree with many other reviwers that the real star on this CD is the wonderful vocal performance of Juju. She's multi-lingual and has a very timeless quality to her voice. So much so in fact, that I initially wondered if this weren't some old Tito Puente song that had been recently sampled by some slick young DJ. Juju has a very sensual, breathy voice that really makes these songs shine. It would be difficult to put an age to her just by listening alone.
If you're in the mood for something different, and want something original, check out the Mosquitos. That's my recommendation.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's.... okay, actually. January 15, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is soooooooo cheesy. Yet for the life of me, I cannot tell you why but there's just something about this cd that makes the cheesiness okay! The linear notes gives you a bit of background about their roots and how they came and nearly didn't come together - which was sort of interesting.
The music is very light and breezy. So many bands have a specific sound, like Les Hommes focus on the organs, Nouvelle has the clarinet and vibraphone, Nicola Conte is new bossa, etc. This group's sound is mostly guitar, slight percussion and a whoooole lot of synth. Some of the cuts that stood out to me were Boombox, Rainsong, Mosquito and Next To Me. Probably my favorite cut was actually Footsteps - it was a perfect soundtrack sort of song. Juju Stulbach does have a terrific voice.
But some of the other songs aren't so impressive and the general feel of the album gives a pretty big amateur feel. Sometimes I felt like I was listening to the demo of a buddy that put together a proud product from his garage. Also, the songs are extremely short too - we're talkin' two cuts at 3 minutes, and two cuts at less than 2 minutes! But besides all that, if you dig something new, want something that's pretty happy then you may want to check this out.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get bitten August 24, 2003
By Mrs
Format:Audio CD
Heard a story on NPR weekend radio about Mosquitos and liked all four of the tracks they played. Immediately went to buy it. Haven't taken it out of the cd player. I love it and apparently my 4 and 6 year old love it too because we all keep singing different songs around the house. I'm sure they will be all the buzz soon.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Brooklyn-Brazilian Sounds January 12, 2004
By Brian
Format:Audio CD
In love with this disc, which I bought tonight after seeing Mosquitos live. The members of Os Mutantes must be proud of what Mosquitos are doing these days with cool bossa nova sounds blended with American influence.
I find Mosquitos' songs catchy and easy to listen to. Some of them are great, and I just wish they were longer.
I will eagerly await any future releases from Mosquitos, as well as any return visits to this area.
Recommend the disc.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars simple and fun August 25, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I was taken a bit by surprise by this record. I like to find new records before the rest so when I read that they were a cross of bossa nova and indie....i was sold enough to buy it. and this record is SO enjoyable. The girl Juju singing is both sweet and sexy at the same time. Very catchy and hummable - even if I don't understand all the words.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Smokey & Miho August 26, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Just picked up this CD, and I was amazed by their sound. A little pop and a little bossa, just right. If you like Smokey & Miho, you'll love these guys. Juju's vocals are amazing, very breathy. The production is very studio garage-like, but it definitely adds to the overall feeling. Ideal driving music, or just hanging out with friends smoking cigarettes on your porch.
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