Wednesday, August 10, 2011
NATION BEAT-Growing Stone (Barbés Records, 2011)
So I got this album the other day and uploaded it to my ipod to listen on my way to work and all I knew about the group is that they did some innovative fusion of Brazilian music, which I tend to love in pretty much all its forms, with some other American-grown genres listed, none of which rung any bells to me. I play the first track, which in reality was the last one of the album, and ew, it was straight up country hick crap. Instinctively, I lowered the volume of my ipod, fearing some people on the train could listen to what I was listening and assume that I was some redneck racist Christian republican or something like that, because that's what I tend to assume of all people who listen to country crap (stereotypes are a real time saver!).
Anyway, the rest of the album was not really that bad, when she sings in Portuguese over Afro-Brazilian percussion it sounds actually pretty good, but every time the country shit reappeared I was forced to press skip. Call me narrow minded, prejudice, asshole, whatever you want, but I can't stand that shit and if there's a place in this world where the inner-coolness of Brazilian music meets with the utterly uncool country, I wanna be as far as possible from such place.
Now regarding my DJ friend, I guess he and his girlfriend could find some middle-ground here and live happily ever after. Or not.