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CSS: Cansei de Ser SexyCansei de Ser Sexy (2006)
Sub Pop Records

Reviewer Rating: 3


Contributed by: greg0rbgreg0rb
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CSS has beaten Paris Hilton to the punch. These five Brazilian girls (and one guy) have crafted the perfect mindless, sexy, pop culture-savvy, profanity-laden dance album, and got it out before America's favorite socialite could. I'm sure that most people who read this site absolutely despise Hil.
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CSS has beaten Paris Hilton to the punch. These five Brazilian girls (and one guy) have crafted the perfect mindless, sexy, pop culture-savvy, profanity-laden dance album, and got it out before America's favorite socialite could.

I'm sure that most people who read this site absolutely despise Hilton, and I'm with you. I also haven't heard any of Hilton's music and it may not sound like this at all so don't dismiss this album quite yet. The self-titled Cansei de Ser Sexy has a simple purpose, and with a partying mindset you may just think this is album of the year. It has big dance beats mixing real and programmed drumming, squeaky synth lines, simple post-punk guitars, and sassy female vocals. It also has a fun naiveté about it, as the six members of CSS were all artists in some form but had never picked up an instrument or been in a band. And the lyrics -- well, let's just say they're not mind-blowing, but who wants to think at a kegger, right? I could hear the chorus of "Alcohol" being a hit sing-along at hipper college parties all over: "So tell me / He-he-he-he-he-he-he-he-hey / Do you wanna drink some alcohol?" It's so simple and stupid, it's brilliant.

Formed in Sao Paulo in 2003, CSS wisely shortened their name from Cansei de Ser Sexy, which is Portuguese for "tired of being sexy." Except for a few lines, you won't need any more translations for this album, but you may need to check the lyrics because of singer Lovefoxxx's accent. There are North American references abound in this album, like the abovementioned hotel heiress in "Meeting Paris Hilton," a song that says 'bitch' probably 25 times, in some ways that don't make much sense ("Do you like the bitch, bitch?"). CSS also reference recently defunct DFA79, in the best track "Let's Make Love and Listen to Death from Above," which alternates from the coolest groove in their arsenal to a squared up beat in a minor key which may be an homage to them but sounds more like the Faint. "Artbitch" is crude ("Lick Lick lick my art-tit / Suck suck suck my art-hole") but mildly funny ("Call me revolutionar[y] / I poo on a plate and get it published on Visionaire"). The guitar-based "Off the Hook" has one of the few actual melodies (Lovefoxx usually just talks all sassy-like with a slight Karen O vibe) with some cool background 'ahh-ooo's and as a result is one of the most memorable tracks.

I'm really having trouble with this album. Most of you may pass this off as hipster garbage, but I think their location relieves them of some of those accusations -- however, they claim 'the internet' as their scene and not actually Sao Paulo. And perhaps hipsters exist in Brazil, especially with help of the web. But their inexperience and willingness to put it all out there counts for something in my book, and after much deliberation I give this score. Not incredibly original but fun nonetheless, and I'm sure it's better than Hilton's album.

 

 
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welcome_to_this_neotokyo (August 29, 2006)

The only thing I got out of this is that she wants to "show how mad is her love"

now,.. I'm all for that, but Lets make love and listen to death from above has to be the saving grace on this cd. the rest is passe

cantsitstill (August 28, 2006)

is anyone else disappointed that this wasn't a review of CCS: California Cheap Skates?

Anonymous (August 27, 2006)

"i'm from brazil and i can say that this sucks. we have so much better bands than this piece of shit."

care to share the names of these better bands?

SlowStupidHungry (August 27, 2006)

Wolf Eyes were good before they signed to Sub Pop. Seriously, their new shit sucks.

Anonymous (August 26, 2006)

Wolf Eyes too

SlowStupidHungry (August 26, 2006)

I'll give sub pop Sleater and the Radio Birdman discog (even though it's flawed).

greg0rb (August 26, 2006)

Hmm... well maybe I was wrong to assume and I should check that song out and be proven wrong. But even so, Hilton probably did nothing to write the music, lyrics, play any instrument or program any electronics... and who know how much shit they did to her voice to make it sound at all decent.
-Greg

Anonymous (August 25, 2006)

Um, "You Don't See Me" by Paris Hilton is probably the most beautiful song I have ever heard.

Much better than this scenester garbage.

ILOVESCOTT (August 25, 2006)

but william, sub pop put out sleater kinney.

ThomPunkAheaddotcom (August 25, 2006)

Cascading style sheets are damn useful, i give it a good rating for that.

Anonymous (August 25, 2006)

So this record probably doesn't belong on Punknews (sure its on subpop, but who cares). However, I am truly in love with this band, this album and most of all, their live show. I just saw them in Bellingham, WA at the Nightlight Lounge and I seriously danced my ass off all night. It was one of the most fun, crazy shows I have ever seen. Lovefoxxxx is amazing and the whole band just has this "nothing matters but having fun" attitude that you can't help but fall in love with (unless you are a jaded asshole).

But seriously, if you like some dancy stuff like The Go! Team, United State of Electronica, Ratatat, Junior Senior, etc - add this album to your collection. You won't regret it.

My favorite track? Music is My Hot, Hot Sex. The reviewer should have mentioned it.

SlowStupidHungry (August 25, 2006)

One of the reasons Sub Pop sucks.

If this shit had been on Warner, don't even pretend you'd be giving it a chance.

Anonymous (August 25, 2006)

i'm from brazil and i can say that this sucks. we have so much better bands than this piece of shit.

Anonymous (August 25, 2006)

when a batch of reviews like this weeks comes out from punknews, can't you guys just make it simpler and have one headline that said, heres the names of the bands and albums, they all pretty much sucked, and sign your names.

done. go enjoy the weather.

wyzo

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