Pura Vida Conspiracy
UG Team, on july 29, 2013 2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Sound: Hailing from New York, gypsy punk rock group Gogol Bordello made their official debut back in 1999 on Rubric Records. The album that first introduced themselves to the world was titled "Voi-La Intruder," and gave those listeners brave enough to pick up the record after glancing at the bizarre artwork and the band name a bold insight into what is Gogol Bordello's distinctive sound. The band takes most of their musical inspiration from the style of Gypsy music, and incorporates such instruments as the violin and accordion into punk and dub styles.
This unique combination eventually brought Gogol Bordello an international audience, awarding the band several television appearances, headlining positions for a long list of festivals, and their music spots in several major motion pictures. Their song "Let's Get Crazy" was even used by Coca Cola as part of their Euro 2012 marketing strategy. Now the band is returning to the music world in 2013 bearing their sixth studio album.
The new album is titled "Pura Vida Conspiracy," and from an instrumental standpoint it is simply another record in the Gogol Bordello catalogue. We get a bold first look into the new album with the track "Lost Innocent World." All of the elements that comprised the band's earlier outings remain consistent; the combination of distorted guitars, accordion playing and gritty lead vocals all placed to an upbeat pace. This attributes a comforting familiarness to the album that established fans will be able to easily appreciate; however, listeners that are previously unfamiliar to this style may feel very out of place.
It is a very unique musical style, as compared to the heavily circulated mainstream pop rock sound which is so widely distributed and blandly rehashed time and time again. For music fans willing to approach this album with an open mind, this is an album to look into. // 8
Lyrics: Ukrainian lead vocalist Eugene Hutz has a very distinctive voice, which is what significantly attributes that familiar factor I discussed earlier. Eugene's voice has a very gritty accent, that when backed by the clear moments of racing acoustic guitar provides the album with an old Western feel. In these moments, his voice compliments the rest of the piece perfectly and allows you to really "get into" the music. // 7
Overall Impression: Gogol Bordello deliver an incredibly unique listening experience with their new album, "Pura Vida Conspiracy." By executing such seemingly bizarre instrumental combinations, the band distributes a collection of songs unlike anything else you've heard before; that is of course considering that you are completely unfamiliar with their previous work. Any established fan of Gogol Bordello will feel right at home with this new album, and comes highly recommended to anyone looking for a truly unique sounding album.