Seekers And Finders
COOKING VINYL. CD/DL/LP
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.