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Okay, where to start! Gogol Bordello are a band I first discovered when they accompanied Madonna's performance on, I think, Live Earth. And I'm not a big Moadonna fan, but I thought the guys from Gogol Bordello were amazing and so obviously I had to look them up!
Basically, the band, formed in 1999, hails from New York, although many members are orignally from Eastern Europe. They are a unique-sounding fusion of gypsy folk punk rock, playing instruments such as accordions, violins, guitars and percussion along with vocals.
The band has a great sense of style and always wear unique-looking, and often bright and colourful, clothes on stage, as well as creating a dramatic performance on stage with dancing and humour.
The band currently consists of about 9 members! These include Eugene Hutz on guitars and vocals and some percussion, and Sergey Ryabstev on violin and vocals. Super Taranta is their 4th album released in 2007, and it doesn't disappoint!
This is the first album of their which I bought, so perhaps I am bias! However, now having listened to their earlier stuff, I think their albums follow a nice progression and yet don't loose anything from their style or musical character.
The track listing is:
1. Ultimate - 3:29
2. Wonderlust King - 3:58
3. Zina-Marina - 4:19
4. Supertheory Of Supereverything - 2:56
5. Harem In Tuscany (Taranta) - 3:33
6. Dub The Frequencies Of Love - 6:15
7. My Strange Uncles From Abroad - 5:19
8. Tribal Connection - 5:05
9. Forces of Victory - 5:23
10. Alcohol - 4:54
11. Suddenly... (I Miss Carpaty) - 5:36
12. Your Country - 4:15
13. American Wedding - 3:38
14. Super Taranta! - 6:44
There is such a beautiful sense of freedom and optimism in their songs, even when dealing with difficult subjects and the tough aspects of life, that it is hard not to love their music; it really helps you get though a bad day and enjoy a good day even more! There is a party atmosphere to many of their songs and as musicians, they are just so liberated, not conforming to any trends or musical theory, they really just play from the heart and connect together so well. Their image really compliments their music in this way.
My favourite tracks include:
Wonderlust King - you just can't help singing along...and possibly jumping around with failing arms.
Harem In Tuscany (Taranta) - Quite a humorous song with just amazing delivery; great vocals.
Super Taranta - A fabulous instrumental!
Really though, descriptions of this music just doesn't do it justice, so I reccommend that everyone gives these guys a listen, as they really deserve it and have alot to offer.
The album can currently be purchased from HMV online for £6.99 and Amazon for £6.98.
Super Taranta is the 4th and most recent album by Gogol Bordello, released in 2007 by Side One Dummy. The band continues with their more polished sound that was evident on Underdog World Strike, I find the music less eclectic than on the previous album but the lyrics in several cases are even better.
The best song without a doubt is American Wedding where the singer shows his disappointment at an American Wedding asking "Have you ever been to an American Wedding? Where is the vodka? Where is the marinated herring?", other excellent tracks include "Super Theory of Super Everything", a cleaned up version of "Strange Uncles from Abroad" which was first released on the EP East Infection. Also "Zina Marina" - a fairly simple but effective track and "Wonderlust King".
Instrumentally tracks like "Super Taranta" and "Harem in Tuscany" are more or less perfect. The music itself seems to be getting more mature and refined and less crazy, apart from American Wedding and Wonderlust King nothing compares close to the catchiness of the songs on Underdog World Strike but it's still very pleasant to listen to. I would like to see the next album more in the vein of Underdog World Strike.
02. Wonderlust King
04. Supertheory Of Supereverything
05. Harem In Tuscany (Taranta)
06. Dub The Frequencies Of Love
07. My Strange Uncles From Abroad
08. Tribal Connection
09. Forces Of Victory
11. Suddenly... (I Miss Carpaty)
12. Your Country
13. American Wedding
14. Super Taranta
This was also posted on my website: http://www.musicneverdied.com
Disc #1 Tracklisting
2 Wonderlust King
3 Zina Marina
4 Supertheory Of Supereverything
5 Harem In Tuscany (Taranta)
6 Dub The Frequencies Of Love
7 My Strange Uncles From Abroad
8 Tribal Connection
9 Forces Of Victory
11 Suddenly... (I Miss Caparty)
12 Your Country
13 American Wedding
14 Super Taranta