Gogol Bordello: Pura Vida Conspiracy (ATO)

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Gogol Bordello: We Rise Again
Gogol Bordello: Pura Vida Conspiracy (ATO)

Given their background, you're allowed to be cynical about this Gypsy-punk band from New York.

However on the noisy evidence of this – their most concise and fist-hard album and the one least trying for Gypsy-punk – you might just break out a bottle of the hard stuff and get into an enjoyably rowdy party-party album.

Like a Eurocentric Clash slugging it out with the Boston-Irish Dropkick Murphys, Gogol Bordello pull in reggae, Latin-rock (singer Eugene Hutz has lived in Brazil for many years), sea shanty-like Pogues noise (The Other Side of the Rainbow) and block rockin' beats.

Some if it is lyrically stoopid, but play this loud and you'll hardly care.

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Graham Dunster - Oct 21, 2013

Shame they've never made it to NZ...

Dee - Oct 23, 2013

Would love to see these guys perform at WOMAD!

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