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Ao Vivo No Mosh (Braz. Baratos Afins) 1985

Into a slightly postdated style blended from turn-of-the-decade new wave funk and jagged-edge guitar pop (imagine a jittery Gang of Four singing more melodically in Portuguese) this Brazilian quartet acknowledges its own culture with an occasional tropical dance rhythm. Despite the language barrier, Ao Vivo No Mosh's excitingly adrenalized playing, tuneful vocals and simply effective drumming make it something Northern Hemisphere post-punks would have no trouble understanding.

[Ira Robbins]