Gogol Bordello: Super Taranta!

Gogol Bordello: Super Taranta!

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Gogol Bordello

Album: Super Taranta!
Label: Sideonedummy Records

Eugene Hutz picked up a sideline career as a film actor with 2005's Everything Is Illuminated, but anyone worried about that derailing the momentum of his riotously inventive band Gogol Bordello can breathe easy. On Super Taranta!, the NYC-based gypsy-punk crew is as energized as ever, knocking out a rocked-up take on Eastern European and Roma traditional music that sounds a little like The Pogues and Gipsy Kings partying in the back seat of the speeding car from Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas. This time around, styles like flamenco and reggae work into the mix. But whatever the sound, everything revolves around charismatically anarchic frontman Hutz, who tosses his Ukrainian-accented lyrics like grenades laden with radical politics and a sly sense of humor: "Have you ever been to American wedding? / Where's the vodka, where's marinated herring?"