Written by: Thomas Zimmerman
Start with Gypsy music. Add a punk influence, and a dash of Ska. That could sum up Gogol Bordello but wouldn’t do this band justice. If you want to listen to something with energy, messages about love, lost love, hope, and politics then this is a definite buy. Not a style of music I typically listen to but the more I listen to it, the more I appreciate it. The instrumentation is definitely classical gypsy, traditional changes in feel and rhythm, with a great mix of punk and hard, edgy vocals that remind me of David Wilcox with a Russian accent. Eugene Hütz has a very unique voice and a difficult one to even begin to emulate, but very powerful and he gets the message across in his own way. He’s good.
The album is mixed with different levels of genius and chaos. There is a lot going on! I counted at least seven different instruments on the track “Raise the Knowledge” not including vocals, and there may have been more. It’s so well mixed that in some sense you more feel the different instrumentation than actually hear it. Impressive, because music is supposed to make you feel something whether there are words or not.
All in all, after listening to this album a couple of times, I am really starting to like, actually love it.