New sounds for summer spinning
Gogol Bordello Pura Vida Conspiracy (ATO Records)
With six albums under its collective belt – including Pura Vida Conspiracy – the novelty of Gogol Bordello’s gypsy punk sound has worn off. But the band’s ability to combine several varieties of ethnic music with punkish energy still sounds fresh on the new album. This time out, Eugene Hutz and company have come up with one of their strongest albums, with songs that succeed because of their pure musical quality and appeal. With the exception of a couple of acoustic-based ballads, Pura Vida Conspiracy is quite frenetic. For instance, “Dig Deep Enough” shifts between a waltz, a bit of reggae and full-on punk, while “We Rise Again” is a spirited gypsy-rock anthem that throws in a couple of punk curveballs along the way. Some songs – “Malandrino” and “My Gypsy Auto Pilot” – start out somewhat low key, but don’t stay that way. What’s more, Gogol Bordello covers lots of stylistic ground on Pura Vida Conspiracy. Of course, that’s no surprise to those familiar with the band’s other albums. But Hutz and his bandmates continue to refine their songwriting and playing skills and, on Pura Vida Conspiracy, have made their blend of global sounds more seamless than ever.
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