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Super Taranta! [CD]

Gogol Bordello Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (9 July 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: SideOneDummy Records
  • ASIN: B000QUUE5U
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,304 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ultimate
2. Wonderlust King
3. Zina-Marina
4. Supertheory Of Supereverything
5. Harem In Tuscany (Taranta)
6. Dub The Frequencies Of Love
7. My Strange Uncles From Abroad
8. Tribal Connection
9. Forces of Victory
10. Alcohol
11. Suddenly... (I Miss Carpaty)
12. Your Country
13. American Wedding
14. Super Taranta!

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BBC Review

From the frenetic hip-hop of Balkan Beat Box to the subtler instrumental textures of A Hawk And A Hacksaw, the traditional gypsy music of Eastern Europe is becoming an increasingly prominent feature of the U.S. alternative rock scene.

By far the most fun of all the acts influenced by the genre are New York's hugely entertaining 'gypsy punks' Gogol Bordello, winners of this year's Radio 3 Award For World Music (in the Americas category). Led by the resplendently-moustachioed Ukrainian refugee, Eugene Hütz, this loose collective of musicians from around the globe has become a huge hit on the UK festival scene over the last few years, whipping audiences into a frenzy with their whirling dervish fiddles and accordions, Clash-like guitar riffing and Hütz's incendiary stage presence.

Inevitably, Bordello lose a little of their live show's intensity on record, but Super Taranta, their fourth album, is still a real blast. Existing fans will lap up riotous romps like ''Supertheory Of Supereverything'' and ''Harem In Tuscany (Taranta)'' which follow the tried and tested Hütz formula of building slowly from cabaret waltz to a breakneck speed crescendo. And although there's nothing quite as anthemic as ''Start Wearing Purple'' from 2005's breakthrough Gypsy Punks Underdog World Strike, there's arguably more in the way of invention. ''Tribal Connection'' flirts with reggae yet somehow ends up sounding like Men At Work's 80s smash, ''Down Under'', while the near-seven minutes of the closing title track hurtle to and fro across a bewildering array of tempos, showcasing the band's musical virtuosity to impressive effect.

A strong advocate of Romany culture and opponent of authoritarianism in all forms, Hütz's lyrics are another highlight of Super Taranta. Often controversial, always impassioned and sometimes hilarious, his cross-cultural observations, delivered with an engagingly eccentric lexicon that occasionally veers off into his mother tongue, never fail to beguile. And if there is another songwriter who could concoct the couplet 'Have you ever been to an American wedding, where is the vodka, where's marinated herring,' then this reviewer is yet to hear them. --Chris White

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Product Description

1. Ultimate2. Wonderlust King3. Zina-Marina4. Supertheory of Supereverything5. Harem in Tuscany (Taranta)6. Dub the Frequencies of Love7. My Strange Uncles From Abroad8. Tribal Connection9. Forces of Victory10. Alcohol11. Suddenly... (I Miss Carpaty)12. Your Country13. American Wedding14. Super Taranta! [Instrumental]

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Ribald Rhythmic Feast 1 Nov 2008
Format:Audio CD
There is something unique, uplifting and ultimately endearing about
Gogol Bordello and their fourth album 'Super Taranta !'

Mr Hutz and chums return with a generous collection of fourteen new songs.

All the qualities we have come to love are here once again in spades.

Brash good humour; ribald rhythm; searing satirical obsrvation and memorable
singalong choruses . Crikey !! What more could you want ?!

The ensemble playing is, as ever, edgy, energetic and uproariously committed.

Mr Hutz brings this collection alive with his roguish charm
and rapturous, rasping vocal delivery.

You can almost smell the brandy on his breath in the passionately wayward
performance of 'Alcohol'.

If 'Suddenly...(I Miss Carpaty)' doesn't have you up on all four paws dancing
then you don't have a soul in your body.

'Wanderlust King'; 'Tribal Connection'; 'Super Taranta !' and 'Dub The Frequencies Of Love'
are all splendidly focussed performances.

'Supertheory Of Supereverything' has a bite every bit as memorable as 'Start Wearing Purple'.

'Harem In Tuscany (Taranta)' is a five star hoot !

There's not a wasted moment here.

Maybe even The Wolf has a little Gypsy Punk blood in his veins.

Highly recommended.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gypsy punks strike yet again 11 July 2007
Format:Audio CD
With their distinctive mix of Balkan beat and punk, Gogol Bordello strike yet again with another frenzied punk party record.

However, this album is definitely not just more of the same. There's a bit more experimenting with the ingredients this time. Folky elements and acoustic guitar a turned up a little, and the harder punky elements toned down. The energy however, is not lost, and the songs on this album play with the pace, building up tension with dramatic folk melodies and then suddenly kicking in with furious drumming and manic accordian with Hutz wailing and roaring over the top.

Gogol Bordello have yet to dissapoint. I challenge anyone to listen to this album and sit still. You won't be able to resist these rowdy tunes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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After going to the cinema to see the excellent `Everything is Illuminated', I came away determined to buy the soundtrack which was full of energetic gypsy music with an intriguing modern style and lyrics. And thus it was that I discovered Gogol Bordello, the world's first band to mix traditional gypsy instruments and stylings with the energy and anger of punk. I was to later learn that Eugene Hutz, the lead singer of Gogol Bordello acted one of the major parts in the film, and the rest of the band have a walk on cameo.

This is, I think, the fourth studio album from this talented and inventive bunch. Combining the instrumentation and rhythms of Eastern European folk music with the energy, anger and humour of punk this band are quite unique in my experience. The record consists of a series of foot stomping gypsy dance tunes, with witty and inventive lyrics snarled and shouted by Eugene Hutz in his distinctive voice. His use of language is quite something, and where English fails him he uses words and phrases from his mother tongue. And sometimes I swear he just makes words up to get the desired effect.

This is a high energy, feel good album. Guaranteed to leave you smiling, or to get any party up and dancing. It also benefits from being different and unique, a real blast of colour in an increasingly musically grey world. I have afew albums by this group now, all in asimilar vein, and I am impressed at how high the quality is throughout, and how one never tires of the formula.

5 stars, no hesitation. It is a long time since I was grabbed by an album like I was when I first heard this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars super excellent taranta!!!!!!!!!!! ********* 26 Nov 2007
By Hankie
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A fantastic album! After the explosion of "Underdog world strike" I thought that I'd never hear such an amazing album again! from anyone. But Eugene has done it again! Fresh and exciting music, Gogol Bordello's albums are as energetic and crazy as their live performances!!! I especially love American wedding but there isn't a rubbish track on the album! Not one! PREMIUM!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Manic 16 Sep 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I want what ever these people are on! Great fun and just wonderful. Punk at it's best! At least I think it's punk?
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