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Super Taranta!
     

Super Taranta!

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by Gogol Bordello
 

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New York's pride of Gypsy punks are led by the snarling lion Eugene Hütz -- singer, DJ, actor (Everything Is Illuminated), and all-around cultural provocateur. On Super Taranta!, Gogol Bordello show off everything that make them one of the city's most entertaining live acts: the frantic pacing, uproarious Eastern European rhythms, and the Iggy Pop-esque

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New York's pride of Gypsy punks are led by the snarling lion Eugene Hütz -- singer, DJ, actor (Everything Is Illuminated), and all-around cultural provocateur. On Super Taranta!, Gogol Bordello show off everything that make them one of the city's most entertaining live acts: the frantic pacing, uproarious Eastern European rhythms, and the Iggy Pop-esque combination of wit and danger that Hütz brings to every new endeavor. Musically, Super Taranta! embraces some new sounds -- Italian folk music, flamenco, and dub figure in heavily -- but more remarkable is the consistency. After years of breakneck international touring and high-flying shows, Gogol Bordello can still crank out tuneful variations on punk rock and Gypsy dance music. "Wanderlust King" treats a Social Distortion-styled ode to the road to a couple of bottles of slivovitz; the band take twin slaps at American mores, "American Wedding" and "Tribal Connection" (which asks, "No can do this, no can do that / What the hell can you do, my friend, in this place you call your town?"); and the creepy "Zina-Maria" tells the story of exploited Eastern European girls with the help of burbling Slavic brass. Like his age-defying idol, Iggy Pop, Hütz shows no sign of slowing down on Super Taranta!. If anything, this is Gogol Bordello stronger, better, and faster -- now, that's Italian!

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Marisa Brown
Gogol Bordello is a group that will never slow down. Album after album, show after show, Eugene Hütz and his group of enthusiastic, disheveled gypsies continue to make fantastically inventive, provocative, smart, raucous music that refuses to be categorized or confined. But Gogol Bordello isn't trying to separate itself from the crowd in order to limit its audience, to attract only a select group of people; instead, their inclusion of so many different musical forms -- besides gypsy, there's also dub, punk, flamenco, Italian folk, and reggae on Super Taranta! -- only serves to broaden their allure, to give them a kind of universal appeal that transgresses geographic and cultural boundaries. It's the pure form, rather than the homogenized, that's stifling and limited. "I wanna walk this earth like it is mine/And so is everyone in our fun-loving tribe/C'mon man, is that real so much to ask?" Hütz asks in his charming dialectic English in the song "Tribal Connection," gently prodding his listeners to move beyond themselves and their cultural restraints and to look towards a globalized society where birthplace and familial origin are only two factors of many. He pokes fun at the U.S. ("Have you ever been to American wedding?/Where is the vodka, where is marinated herring?"), but it's in a lighthearted way, from someone who's benefited from its diversity, and though he's sometimes nostalgic for home (in "Suddenly...(I Miss Carpaty)," for example) it's also clear he has an affection for the country he now lives in. The album itself is Gogol Bordello's usual mix of riotous gypsy rhythms, fast string and accordion work, and loud guitars, but there's also a melodiousness here that comes out more strongly than on the band's previous albums, an underlying darkness that hints at the problems in the world without succumbing to them. "I can't go on, I will go on" Hütz repeats over and over (paraphrasing Samuel Beckett) in "Forces of Victory," the tension in his voice and the music working together to express the struggle holding him, and all people, back. This is what he's best at, actually, his ability to convey the common human experience, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, or even language. Hütz, like every great vocalist -- and he is one, although not in the traditional sense -- doesn't rely on only the safety net of words to communicate his message, so even when he sings in Ukrainian or English or whatever else, his intent, his ideas, his passion (and needless to say those of the band, who combine rustic folk progressions with modern punk stylings seamlessly) is always comprehensible. Super Taranta! is the culmination of superb musicianship, endless energy, and an inborn sense of fun and a dedication to progression and innovation, and if that's not something to celebrate and dance to, it's hard to know what is.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/10/2007
Label:
Side One Dummy
UPC:
0603967133424
catalogNumber:
71334
Rank:
63005

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gogol Bordello   Primary Artist
John Carlson   Truba
Ben Holmes   Truba
Curtis Hasselbring   Trombone
Yuri Lemeshev   Accordion,Background Vocals
Matt Moran   Bubanj
Oren Kaplan   Guitar,Background Vocals
Slavic Soul Party!   Brass
Eugene Hütz   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Thomas Gobena   Bass,Background Vocals
Elizabeth Sun   Percussion,Background Vocals
Sergey Ryabtzev   Violin,Background Vocals
Pamela Jintana Racine   Percussion,Background Vocals
Piroshka Rac   Vocals
Pedro Erazo   Vocals
Eliot Ferguson   Drums,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Victor Van Vugt   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Gogol Bordello   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Frank Gironda   Management

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Super Taranta! 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
The-Tune-Hound More than 1 year ago
This album, as well as the rest of their albums, is a great listen. I heard a snipped on NPR, ordered a copy and have not been able to take it out of the CD player in my car. The music is a fusion of Gypsy and Punk(ish) sort of like Talking heads traveling through the Balkans.
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