Release Date: Jul 10, 2007
Record label: Side One Dummy
Genre(s): Indie, Rock, Alternative
Gogol Bordello is a group that will never slow down. Album after album, show after show, Eugene Hütz and his group of enthusiastic, disheveled gypsies continue to make fantastically inventive, provocative, smart, raucous music that refuses to be categorized or confined. But Gogol Bordello isn't trying to separate itself from the crowd in order to limit its audience, to attract only a select group of people; instead, their inclusion of so many different musical forms -- besides gypsy, there's also dub, punk, flamenco, Italian folk, and reggae on Super Taranta! -- only serves to broaden their allure, to give them a kind of universal appeal that transgresses geographic and cultural boundaries.
Review Summary: Super Taranta! is easily the group’s most accomplished effort to date“It’s pretty much a scientific fact that we’re totally responsible for starting the whole [gypsy] trend. I am pretty much credited for that by every jury that there ever was… I cannot be challenged about it. It’s like challenging Charlie Chaplin with silent movies.
Ukraine immigrant Eugene Hütz and his nomadic tribe are reinventing world music. Following up the now-NYC troupe's 2005 breakthrough blast, Gypsy Punks: Underdog World Strike, fifth album Super Taranta! begs for an audience. The punk 'tude of the Steve Albini-produced Gypsy Punks has been replaced with an hourlong mind spasm of carnivalesque hysterics, helmed by Victor van Vugt (Nick Cave, Austin's Voxtrot).