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08:20 AM on 05/05/10
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Gregory Robson
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Comprehensive review, but it sounds like this won't be the album that changes my mind about Gogol Bordello (I dislike them).
Your opinion is pretty much valid. I was hoping Rubin would do something different. Maybe make it more stripped down, less lively. Maybe a bit more sad. Instead its just one bacchanalian party. I'm over it.
12:02 PM on 05/05/10
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Apologies if I came across as - 'you shouldn't have your opinion.'

I do admit it's not exactly a big step away from their sound, but I definitely feel there is a big latin influence to their sound on this record at times. As you say - their style is a 'get what you see' type of thing... but I think they're still doing it well.
Being that Eugene now lives in South America, it's only natural there is a Latin feel. But to be honest, aside from song titles and a few Spanish phrases, I don't feel a decidedly Latin vibe. This still sounds like Eastern European Balkan folk. That's probably why I'm so upset. My hunch is that if Eugene wanted to do a straight Latin folk album, a la Susana Baca, he probably could. Instead he chose to do what he knows best and it wore on me pretty quickly. This album could have been a lot better, especially with Rubin at the knobs.
01:00 PM on 05/05/10
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You definitely have to see them live to fully appreciate their sound, because that describes their live shows to a tee - one bacchanalian party! I just saw them in Baltimore and it was probably the best show of my life. Do I listen to their album constantly at home? No. If they come around again am I buying tickets? A thousand times yes. I've literally never felt so much a part of something as I did when the crowd erupted for "Start Wearing Purple." It was a big love fest full of ja-ja's and hey! hey!'s. Amazing.

Also, the guy from Ecuador totally drum surfs...as in, he stood on a drum and was passed to the back to shake hands with the balcony folk. It was legendary.
Seen them live twice. It is quite a romp.

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