Mosquitos Sunshine Barato

It is hard to imagine anyone being able to write better Brazilian pop songs than Antonio Carlos Jobim. All of the most successful emulators have tried their best to rewrite ‘The Girl From Ipanema” and "Desafinado,” but it is hard to make them sound like anything but second-rate copies. Fortunately that wasn’t true of New York three-piece Mosquitos, but these days they seem to be treading water. While their self-titled debut came as a breath of fresh air, Sunshine Barato is just more of the same. The band haven’t really progressed at all, although much of that is due to the fact that they are very good at what they do. And that is probably why their music is turning up on all kinds of television shows and movies when they need some bossa nova to finish off a scene. The things that work to Mosquitos’ advantage is that their light pop songs come in quick succession and work best when the vocals of Chris Root and Juju Stulbach interact playfully with each other. Sunshine Barato is a nice little album that is no better or worse than their debut and is hard not to be sucked in by the sweetness of their music. (Bar/None)