Beach SambaAstrud Gilberto
Loved it from the first track. This type of music is the stuff dream vacations are made of: a tropical beach with a gentle and constant breeze, me and my favorite people on a patio (or a yacht!) looking out at the horizon sipping on good wine and noshing on charcuterie while talkin’ shit, laughing a lot, loving life. At least that’s how I felt until Parade came on and ruined the mood. Thankfully, Oba Oba takes us back to yacht life. Canoeiro feels like it was taken from the big number in a Broadway musical, but it still fits the vacation vibe. As does I Had the Craziest Dream. Takes me right back to the tropical beach. And there we remain for the most part. You Didn’t Have To Be So Nice is cute. Doesn’t fit completely into the wine and charcuterie on a yacht, but it’s like the moment someone’s kid ventures out of their assigned space away from the adults because the curiosity got the best of them. We humor them, give them a little attention and some of the adult snacks, then send them back to wherever they were tucked away before the adorable interruption. Then, Nao Bate O Corocao keeps the party going. By the time Here’s That Rainy Day and the remaining tracks come on, the yacht gathering is winding down. The sun has fully set, the yacht is docked, and only the closest loved ones remain. We might be cleaning up, but we’re probably too lazy, so we lounge instead. Still talkin’ shit and laughing, still loving life.