All posts tagged: bossa nova

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ALBUM REVIEW: Mango Dreamers, “Mango Dreamers”

If you’re like me, you’ve sort of missed that easygoing, loungey, ethereal pop sound that was circulating in the 90s indie scene. Artists like Sean Lennon (his first album, Into the Sun, is a perfect example) and Cibo Matto, now experiencing a remarkable comeback, pontificated that heaven-on-Earth sound. Now, it’s Mango Dreamers’ turn to take a shot. It probably wouldn’t surprise you to learn that the duo is based in Southern California, although their throwback bossa nova and jazz influences might lead the listener to believe they’re listening to an undiscovered gem of the ’50s or ’60s remixed by a hot club DJ. Mango Dreamers’ self-titled debut is perfect to throw on while puttering around the house, or taking a long drive. Its eclectic, but beautiful, cornucopia of sounds elevates an ordinary day; while its impact might be subliminal, it’s far from just background music. Over 10 tracks, the Dreamers weave electronica and jazz reminiscent of bands like the Cardigans into something completely their own. By the fourth track, the magnificently bouncy “Your Eyes,” they’ve …

CD Review: Frank Sinatra and Antonio Carlos Jobim, “The Complete Reprise Recordings”

When it comes to the music of romantic longing, it’s hard to top the songs of Antonio Carlos Jobim, especially when set to the languid bossa nova rhythms that he helped to pioneer. Add Frank Sinatra to the mix as a vocalist, and you have an unstoppable combination. In 1967, Sinatra and Jobim recorded the album Francis Albert Sinatra/Antonio Carlos Jobim for Sinatra’s Reprise Records. The album reached #18 on the Billboard chart, and stayed on the chart for 28 weeks, quite an achievement at the height of the rock era. Forty-four years later Concord Music Group, in cooperation with Frank Sinatra Enterprises, has released the 20-song Sinatra/Jobim: The Complete Reprise Recordings. The album includes the ten songs from the original album, seven songs from a later collaboration, and three songs from the session that have only seen the light of day previously as part of a box set. The whole thing has been remastered, and there are expanded liner notes from Stan Cornyn, longtime head of creative services at Warner/Reprise. The Sinatra represented on …