• Record Label: Verve
  • Release Date: Aug 5, 2008

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Brazilian Girls have no problem making their mish-mash sound downright normal, which in a way it is.
  2. 60
    these increasingly experimental Girls remain an appealingly peculiar party band. [Sept 2008, p.112]
  3. On New York City, Brazilian Girls have crafted a set as internationally diverse as the Big Apple itself.
  4. The album’s surprises are glimpses of misgivings shared with the groove, like the keyboard obsessively jabbing one chord in 'Losing Myself' or the eerie track--tom-toms, fluttery organ notes, high “ahs”--behind 'I Want Out.'
  5. The album bumps from electronica to cabaret to jazz and back again; it's busy but never feels schizophrenic.
  6. The foundation of the band's boutique pop isn't its cultural fluency but its daring to be substantially bizarre, which is often realized on New York City.
  7. Such feel-good moments of abandon keep New York City from becoming too hopelessly chic, resulting in a party album that manages to sound grown and sexy without being alienating.
  8. Under The Radar
    As with previous efforts, the music's all over the place, grabbing from house, Afrobeat, chanson, and more, but you can always count on percussion loops, danceability, and Sciubba's sultry multilingual musings. [Fall 2008, p.79]
  9. 70
    Like the previous Brazilian Girls records, New York City is a lounge-y pileup of bossa rhythms and Old World romantic ache, girded by slithery push-button funk throb—at once refined and happily trashy.
  10. With Brazilian Girls' sense of wonder and love of musical globe-trotting as strong as ever, New York City is a welcome return to form for this very special group.
  11. 50
    Brazilian Girl has the ability to give audiences a world band sound because of its mixture of different languages and live band sound. It also has a certain level of pop appeal.
  12. Thanks to their increasingly varied sound, the Girls remain aloof and unknowable. They have us right where they want us: behind the velvet ropes.
  13. The Brazilian Girls have constantly impressed folks because of their multiplicity, but the next step is finding a way to combining these elements in a subtle fashion to work as a complete album. New York City has taken many steps in that direction, but there is still work to be done for the band to carve its niche.
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  1. Nov 6, 2010
    I just got this cd a week ago, though i had listened it previously and its really, really good...ive seen them twice touring for their firstI just got this cd a week ago, though i had listened it previously and its really, really good...ive seen them twice touring for their first two albums...and they always create a really good party vibe, but a smart one...and not in the pretentious way....i think they deserve more exposure....so come on people...one by one start enjoying the freshness of Brazilian Girls music!!!!! Full Review »