• Marcos Vilas Boas
  • Bárbara Eugenia

There are a number of English-language songs on É o Que Temos (Oi Música), the recent album from the terrific Brazilian singer Bárbara Eugenia, but it seems unlikely that any of them—not to mention the ones sung in her native Portuguese—will find many ears here in the U.S. There’s nothing new about that—sing in a language other than English and the odds that your music will get heard in this country are slim to none. That’s a shame, of course, but hey, when you’re an exceptional country like the USA, who needs that subpar shit produced outside of our borders? Well, I can’t help but wish our musical borders were a lot more porous, especially when Eugenia has made such an accessible, hooky record. Every tune sounds like a hit to me, and she even delivers a killer Portuguese-language cover of Neil Diamond’s “I Am I Said” (“Porgue Brigamos”). But the album’s opener, “Coração,” is the one that’s really stuck in my head lately. A breezy, gently sashaying midtempo gem that in another era might’ve been the song of summer, it’s today’s 12 O’Clock Track; check it out after the jump.