Trans-Continental Hustle

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All Music Guide - Marisa Brown
Trans-Continental Hustle, Gogol Bordello's fifth studio album, first on a major label, and first with producer/guru extraordinaire Rick Rubin, is one that you really want to love. It has everything about it that Gogol Bordello fans demand: rollicking punk and fiddle-fueled verses and rousing, easy to chant choruses. Most of all, it has plenty of Eugene Hütz, the impassioned, gravel- and vodka-voiced singer who has nearly single-handedly -- with his playful take on English grammar and intermittent bursts of other languages, penchant for chanting, and endlessly inspiring and exhausting live performances -- brought various Gypsy cultures from the fringe to something ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Marisa Brown
Trans-Continental Hustle, Gogol Bordello's fifth studio album, first on a major label, and first with producer/guru extraordinaire Rick Rubin, is one that you really want to love. It has everything about it that Gogol Bordello fans demand: rollicking punk and fiddle-fueled verses and rousing, easy to chant choruses. Most of all, it has plenty of Eugene Hütz, the impassioned, gravel- and vodka-voiced singer who has nearly single-handedly -- with his playful take on English grammar and intermittent bursts of other languages, penchant for chanting, and endlessly inspiring and exhausting live performances -- brought various Gypsy cultures from the fringe to something celebrated (and performed) by Madonna, without ever seeming like he was selling out or doing anything that wasn't really, really cool. Culturally, musicologically, socially, politically, and even literarily, there's much to say about it. Strictly musically, however, there's something missing here -- something that's hard to place, but something that separates Trans-Continental Hustle from Gypsy Punks and Super Taranta! Hütz is still an endlessly fascinating frontman who deserves all the attention he gets and more, and he knows how to turn any hook into a sweat-drenched, beer-soaked anthem, but inevitably, as it is with many bands, his songs begin to resemble one another. Lines are reused and reappropriated in the creation of an aesthetic, in the process risking a diminution of power through the repetition. Hütz, assuredly aware of this, attempts to combat it by adding new elements: Brazil's fervo is incorporated in "In the Meantime in Pernambuco," dub pops up again in "Immigraniada (We Comin' Rougher)," and even something that approaches an Eastern European pop love song is found in "Rebellious Love," one of the few bad songs Hütz has ever written. The core of Gogol Bordello, however, is the rambunctious Gypsy punk they're known for, and it's what doesn't quite measure up here. There's still plenty of energy and hooky lines and growling, driving verses (one can certainly credit Rubin for changing nothing), but sadly, there's nothing that grabs you and sticks with you the way that "Immigrant Punk," "American Wedding," "Sally," or "Start Wearing Purple" did, and still do. The songs on Trans-Continental Hustle, instead, sound more pieced together from previous efforts rather than from new thoughts, and suffer from a lack of distinct identity. There's plenty good here, that's undeniable, but the album lacks the spark to push it forward and place it at the top.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/27/2010
  • Label: Columbia / Dmz
  • UPC: 886974596523
  • Catalog Number: 45965
  • Sales rank: 24,321

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gogol Bordello Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Rick Rubin Producer
Andrew Scheps Engineer
Josh Cheuse Art Direction
Frankie Lievaart Vocal Engineer
Yuri Lemeshev Composer
Oren Kaplan Composer
Eugene Hütz Composer, Lyricist
Oliver Charles Composer
Jason Gossman Engineer
Coran Capshaw Management
Thomas Gobena Composer
Pedro Erazo Segovia Composer
Danny North Cover Photo
Patrick Jordan Management
Sergey Ryabtsev Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Awesome, as Usual

    Wow. Gogol Bordello has, yet again, taken my breath away with Trans-Continental Hustle. I love, love, love this band and this album. I have never heard music more culturally diverse and I love that about it. I love how I can hear traces of so many different cultures and instruments in the music. My personal favorites on the album are Immigraniada and Raise the Knowledge, but I love every song. I would recommend this album to anyone with an appreciation for music that is different that anything you've ever heard before and for cultural diversity!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Premium as always!

    For energy and general all-around-good-time-ness, Gogol Bordello can't be beat, and Transcontinental Hustle continues this pattern. Love you guys! --From your "Sevenna" ;)

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