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Gogol Bordello

Gogol Bordello: Multi Kontra Culti Vs. IronyMulti Kontra Culti Vs. Irony (2004)
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Gogol Bordello is the brainchild of musical madman Eugene Hutz, and is a complete mess of dancebeats, Balkan gypsy music, and punk. With varied instrumentaion including saxophone, violin, accordian, and drums, bass, and guitar, we get a crazy ethnic explosion of genre mixing. Some people might des.
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Gogol Bordello is the brainchild of musical madman Eugene Hutz, and is a complete mess of dancebeats, Balkan gypsy music, and punk. With varied instrumentaion including saxophone, violin, accordian, and drums, bass, and guitar, we get a crazy ethnic explosion of genre mixing. Some people might describe them as the Bulgarian version of Flogging Molly. I guess that's sort of what they are. But with dance beats.

On this release, Hutz gives us eleven tracks of insanity, varying tempos, but never intensity. The listener gets consistently blasted by Hutz's heavy drawling growl and his word reversal, thick with accent. The saxophone, violin, and accordian mix beautifully and are played quick, sharp, and robustly. The bass and guitar are generally just a background for the rest of the instruments to shine greatly.

The problem is that it gets a little old after awhile. Their side project, J.U.F. is a bit more varied, while this is a lot more straightforward. I'd say this is definitely geared towards those who like straight forward punk, while J.U.F. is for those who appreciate experimental music more.

Tracks that stick out are "When the Trickster Starts A-Poking" and "Punk Rock Parranda."

 

 
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Anonymous (May 8, 2005)

album doesnt do the band justice....if you see one band this year, see these dudes....tho try to make it not be @ warped, prolly will take away from the fact that they put on one of the best live shows youve ever seen....i mean, how often does a show end with the lead singer riding a bass drum across the crowd? baro foro!!!!

Anonymous (November 6, 2004)

This kind of punk is called cabaret punk.

Anonymous (November 4, 2004)

I just saw these guys at Irving Plaza in New York and they blew me away!!! They are without a doubt one of the best punk bands around. What ever you do and wherever you are.....see this band live!! They are like Iggy Pop meets a band of wild gypsies!! Incredible!!

AnaMorph0sIs (October 30, 2004)

These guys are great live. Check 'em out.

Anonymous (October 30, 2004)

They are Bulgarian, or at least they they say they are. At their shows they have Golgo Bordello newspapers to promote themselves and it mentions Bulgeria...A LOT.

Anyway, I suggest to everyone to go see these guys live. One of the most fun shows I've ever been to. The room of a Golgo show always becomes full of dancing fools

Hulka (October 30, 2004)

They're Ukrainian, no? Not Bulgarian.

xmidipunkbastardx (October 30, 2004)

gogol bordello > rest. (except for hüdü)
still, jesse, i'll never forgive you the funeral diner review.

johnrambo (October 29, 2004)

Gah!

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