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!
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Performance CreditsGogol 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 CreditsVictor Van Vugt Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Gogol Bordello Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Frank Gironda Management
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Super Taranta! based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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.