Album Reviews: Sunshine Barato by The MosquitosA mosquito is one of the most annoying things, especially if you spend a summer in the Midwest. The band called Mosquitos is the exact opposite. You’ll itch for more. Listening to Mosquitos is an easy way to dip your toes into world music waters.
Sunshine Barato is the kind of disc you hear playing at a laid-back but very cool coffee shop or restaurant. It’s pleasing and vaguely familiar, yet unlike anything you've heard before. You want to know who it is, but you probably never work up the nerve to ask the cute waitress what CD is playing. Your loss. You go home dejected, while anyone partial to the pleasures of Mosquitos continues to have a sunny day into a sexy moonlit night. Yeah, it’s that kind of CD, too.
Mosquitos are a New York trio with two lead singers taking turns in a terrific tango of tunage. Juju Stulbach sings primarily in Portuguese, while Chris Root handles most of the English verses. It’s a dreamy yet earthy and organic sound of fresh coffee beans being ground. Springing lightly through 15 tracks in less than 39 minutes is no small feat. Highlights include the titular track, "Avocado" and “Shooting Stars,” but there’re no clunkers here weighing it down.
Mosquitos have been described as “The Girl from Ipanema” going indie pop. I’m hard pressed to describe it any better. If that song conjures a soft spot in your heart (and how could it not?) or you’ve been tantalized by Brazilian rhythms before, you’ll smile through Sunshine Barato. But don’t forget to go back and check out Mosquitos' self-titled debut. It’s just as sunny. - Jeff Kamin
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