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Internationally renowned gypsy punk rock group Gogol Bordello return with their sixth full-length album Pura Vida Conspiracy via ATO Records. Produced by Andrew Scheps, the new album was recorded in El Paso, Texas at Sonic Ranch Studios and is a powerful collection of 12 surging new songs. The album’s title is derived from a Spanish slang phrase for “pure life,” which is a theme that resonates throughout the new material. The disc’s opener, “We Rise Again,” introduces the album’s limitless, all-embracing themes instantly, centered on a chorus of “Borders are scars on face of the planet.” The new songs are infused with ideas rooted in Eastern philosophy but also search for a means of joining fragmented parts and persons, and of creating a worldwide consciousness.
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I've seen GB live more than 10 times and have been a huge fan of their globe hopping fusion of punk, funk, latino, folk and general bass drenched party albums for many years. This album is no different; Pura Vida Conspiracy hops the globe from Latvian table-thumping, to beach melodies, to bass-drenched punk rock in its raucous circus led by Eugene's wonderfully passionate soul bearing.
Essentially, it's a all you can eat fusion plate of food that will leave you disgustingly full and yet still excited for dessert! So whilst there are some more tender, soul-searching melodies than previous albums, this feels like a natural evolution and blends the frantic with the poetic and it feels like a great party evening with a jug of red wine, chased by a tequila or ten and with a "chilled" long island ice tea thrown in for good measure ... ".....and you know that I'll pick up every time you call just to thank you one more time ...Alcohol ". Buy it and enjoy the contagious collection of songs.
On the plus side, I ordered the vinyl version, knowing I'd get the MP3 download from Amazon thrown in (thus making vinyl viable again!), but was pleasantly surprised to find that it was white vinyl, came with a white vinyl 7" of two otherwise unreleased tracks, and the CD (albeit in a wallet rather than jewel case). Bonus!
Immediate responsse was not that they had sold out. I relly don't know how some are coming to that conclusion, as I actually found it quite innaccessible. This continues the path started by Underdog World Strike, but without the experimentation found on Super Taranta! Their most accessible album to me is Trans-continental Hustle and for first time listeners of GB I would direct them to here or Underdog World Strike. However, still very much enjoyng this album.
On first listen there didn't seem to be the standout tracks or the energy. It felt like a half-hearted affair. But...after a few listens it has definitely grown and it's on constant circulation. Standouts are Malandrino, Amen and My Gypsy Auto Pilot. It does go a little downhill for the last couple of tracks, and I thought the hidden track died a death with the invent of the MP3.
I actually think this is half the problem. Gogol Bordello are an album band in the age of spotify et al. It deserves to be played all the way through several times before forming the final verdict.
However, overall I would give 3.5 if I could. I think they need a little invigorating.
p.s. if you really want to here "sell-out" music from GB, just check out the track they recorded for Pepsi for the Ukraine/Polaand Euro championship - let's get crazy. In some markets GB were the inescapable sound of both pepsi and fifa. I put that down to overexuberant patriotism and was happy that recording hadn@t set a trend for this release!
I do not hold that against them, as we all know everyone is out to make more money, but I feel that too much outside influence is included in this album, and their 'musical spirit' has got easier (lyrics are still great though)
I am seeing them in December at Bristol Academy, i hope i am proven wrong and they can still give it some Oomph! Or maybe it might be the last time I see them in a personal venue, before they are playing Stadiums, god forbid!
Mainstream music is a 'scar' on the Music Industry Eugene. Please do not follow the sheep.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What's to say? Gogol Bordello are one of *the* best bands out there. This isn't as good as Start Wearing Purple, but it'll do fine, thank you very much.Published 11 months ago by Ben Kane
Bought for son but we all like them, they're a great band and cd came safely and is being thoroughly enjoyed,Published on 30 Dec. 2013 by Ms. N. Cole
I like this album but i dont love it as much as some of their older stuff, it is more acoustic and traditional, definately still gypsy but not as much punk, still a good album.Published on 1 Nov. 2013 by Mike1865
Something very different to listen to. Seems to capture the excitement of his live shows. First track is the best for me.Published on 14 Sept. 2013 by Gronik
Not their greatest album, but it's good. I'm not keen on the mastering though, it's a little bit too aggressive and bordring on the distorted for my likingPublished on 13 Sept. 2013 by A D Nichol