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Mumiy Troll - Vladivostok Album Cover
Author's Rating
Vocals 8
Musicianship 8
Lyrics 8.5
Production 9
Creativity 8
Lasting Value 8
Reviewer Tilt 8.25
Final Verdict: 83%
Member Ratings
Vocals 7
Musicianship 7.25
Lyrics 6.75
Production 7.25
Creativity 7.25
Lasting Value 6.75
Reviewer Tilt 8.25
Average: 72%

Mumiy Troll - Vladivostok

Reviewed by: Gregory Robson (04/24/12)
Mumiy Troll - Vladivostok
Record Label: The Village
Release Date: April 24, 2012


What do you do when you've conquered your home country for more than four decades and still want to keep pursuing music? If you're the Russian quartet Mumiy Troll, you record your first English-language album, work with seasoned producers like Joe Chicarelli and Mike Clink, and sign to an American label. And so it is that the Russian supergroup Mumiy Troll, already heavy hitters in their home country, have indeed released this 10-song disc.

From front to back, it's an engaging work and definitely worth repeat listens, but it is not exactly the stuff of legends. Oh sure, there's some great tracks on here, namely the hyper-caffeinated "Vladivostok Vacation," and the dance-inspired "Love Contraband." Considering this is the first time he's singing in English, vocalist Ilya Lagutenko does a pretty decent job. There's an obvious lilt to his timbre and at times it can be off-putting. Lagutenko seems to shine most on choruses and proof of that is first single "Fantastica," and the near-perfect "Hey Tovaresh"

But, as one might expect, even in music, some things just get lost in translation. The most ready example of this is "Sorry Tiger." There's a definite veer towards glam and swagger here and while the band does at times pull it off, other times it can sound wretched, case in point, "Not Tomorrow."

In the end, the fact that Vladivostok is even in the states is amazing in and of itself. After all this is a band that had to smuggle records by Blondie and the Sex Pistols pass the Iron Curtain to perform in stadiums worldwide. That kind of perseverance and dedication is exactly what rook music is about and exactly why the disc deserves at least a few listens.

Recommended If You Like The Psychedelic Furs, Brit-pop, Rolling Stones


Find Them Here http://www.mumiytroll.com/en

 
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10:32 AM on 04/27/12
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Ummm, perhaps you forgot to do your fact checking here? Considering Ilya is only 43, and Mumiy Trol was formed in 1983, 4 decades is a bit impossible. And it's definitely not the first time he's sang in English, the song 'Polar Bear (Me Eskimo)' is in English and there's an English version of Paradise Ahead was performed at SXSW.
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Ummm, perhaps you forgot to do your fact checking here? Considering Ilya is only 43, and Mumiy Trol was formed in 1983, 4 decades is a bit impossible. And it's definitely not the first time he's sang in English, the song 'Polar Bear (Me Eskimo)' is in English and there's an English version of Paradise Ahead was performed at SXSW.
Umm, a decade is ten years is it not? 80s is one decade, 90s, is another. 00's are a third, and this one we're in now, would be the fourth. So yeah, they are in their fourth decade making music.

This is the band's first full-length where EVERY song is sung in English.

So no, my facts are right.

The band was indeed formed in 1983. Ilya was 15 when he formed the band, was he not?
04:04 PM on 04/28/12
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a decade is a period of 10 years. any 10 years. so 4 decades is 40 years.
anyway, quoted from your review...'home country for more than four decades', which would imply they've been singing since they were in nappies.

how does the first FULL english album mean that it's his first time singing in english? singles and live appearances in english don't count?
01:16 PM on 05/04/12
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Got to love the nitpickers ... great review! :) Here's my interview with Ilya which just went up today ;)

http://hearhearmusic.com/2012/05/04/...h-mumiy-troll/
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