Go­gol Bordello

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Seek­ers And Find­ers


Sev­enth al­bum from Eu­gene Hutz’s global punk non­tet.

Though 2005’s bril­liantly ragged break­through al­bum Gypsy Punks: Un­der­dog World Strike saw an en­er­gised meld­ing of Balkan folk, klezmer and western punk that sug­gested instant renown for Go­gol Bordello, they’ve not quite matched it since. Here, ur­gent opener Did It All at­tempts to rec­tify that while the ti­tle track sees Regina Spek­tor join Eu­gene Hutz for a Jewish-gypsy camp­fire duet, and Sabo­teur Blues is an air-punch­ing, vodka-swill­ing an­them cus­tom-built for cir­cle pits world­wide. Few bands re­call both Ran­cid and Weill & Brecht’s fruit­ful col­lab­o­ra­tions and Hutz is a big top ring­leader of con­sid­er­able tal­ent, but tracks such as Love Gang­sters and the re­flec­tive Clear­voy­ance are a lit­tle clunky, and Go­gol Bordello’s pass­port-abus­ing, transcon­ti­nen­tal mu­si­cal jour­ney­ing oc­ca­sion­ally feels like be­ing faced with an over­am­bi­tious tapas plate – a re­minder that you don’t al­ways need all the flavours, all the time.

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