Gogol Bordello
Trans-Continental Hustle


4.0
excellent

Review

by vanderb0b USER (63 Reviews)
October 9th, 2010 | 19 replies | 6,809 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Party!

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

The blatnaya song is one of the most frequently overlooked aspects of twentieth century Soviet culture. Often based on traditional or gypsy motifs, these lighthearted tunes were usually sung by Soviet gangsters or inmates about the lives of people much like themselves. Such songs were, despite predominantly being ballads about capture or death at the hands of the law, just about always humorous and fun. And yet, this style, along with that of the gypsies, never spread very far past the Iron Curtain’s borders-a fact that it seems Gogol Bordello is trying to change with their latest album, Trans-Continental Hustle.

Gogol Bordello takes the blatnaya and gypsy song format and injects it with the festive punk stylings of bands such as Bomb The Music Industry, which makes the music all the more accessible and relevant to the modern listener. Trans-Continental Hustle, which emphasizes the folk elements far more than it’s predecessors, sees the band fixing past mistakes and thus fully becoming one of contemporary punk’s most unique and powerful acts.

Most of what’s to be found on Trans-Continental Hustle is an eclectic amalgam of violins, accordions, acoustic and electric guitars, and drums. On top of this mix, which does work surprisingly well, vocalist Eugene Hutz spits out raspy hooks in English and Russian. Hutz’s lyrics touch on everything from immigration to revolution to love, and all these themes, which are as often bleak as they are uplifting, are discussed with a matter-of-factness and humor that perfectly fits the merry music. Sure, Just because I come from Roma camp on the hill/They put me in a school for mentally ill/Opa, opa, deedeeda/All their lies about Roma may be about anti-Roma discrimination, a serious topic, but I’ll be damned if that verse doesn’t bring a smile to my face.

Gogol Bordello’s back catalog was always brought down by the fact that their music was always relatively monochromatic. Fortunately, this is not the case with Trans-Continental Hustle, which is the band’s most varied album. Among other things, the occasional Latin American-influenced segment, largely due to frontman Hutz’s move to Rio De Janeiro, or even tactfully-positioned bittersweet slow songs make the album anything but redundant.

Trans-Continental Hustle is, like everything else by the band, a party. Sure, it’s a slightly more mature party this time around, but it’s every bit as fun as before, perhaps even more so. And let’s face it, everyone loves a good party.

4.2/5

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vanderb0b
October 9th 2010



3473 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

And this is me trying to overcome writer's block and make something decent while outlining for my History course. This will probably be on my top 10 of the year.

Enotron
October 9th 2010



7695 Comments


can't stand this band

syn71
October 9th 2010



36 Comments


Trans-Continental Shuffle is, like always, a party.


vanderb0b
October 9th 2010



3473 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Like always sounded odd, fixed it.

syn71
October 9th 2010



36 Comments


look closer

Trans-Continental Shuffle

vanderb0b
October 9th 2010



3473 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh shit, didn't notice that! Thanks for pointing it out.

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
October 9th 2010



7234 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review, pretty good album too.

WeepingBanana
October 9th 2010



9897 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i didn't love this too much but i'll probably have to listen to it more

super taranta and gypsy punk are outstanding thoug

vanderb0b
October 9th 2010



3473 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks Ali.

super taranta and gypsy punk are outstanding thoug


I'm actually starting to prefer T-CH to those two.

OpenDoorLeia
October 9th 2010



72 Comments


wow, i didn't know this band had a new album out. i gotta get this

AtavanHalen
October 9th 2010



17927 Comments


LELA LELA LELA

LELA PALA TUTE

Jethro42
October 10th 2010



12034 Comments


Party indeed! Exotic, well executed folkish music. It's actually very interesting. Multicultural music is always attractive, and this is no exception. Good review as usual.

vanderb0b
October 11th 2010



3473 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thank you! Yeah, I also like it when artists blend music of various cultures, always was pretty cool.

aok
July 6th 2011



4165 Comments


seeing gogol live is sensational. i should probly listen to him more ..

David Bereuther
March 27th 2012



10 Comments


It is party indeed ;)

CynicalComplex
July 1st 2012



53 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

pew-ruh-fic-a-shun-fire's coming

Ire
November 3rd 2012



41453 Comments


cool band but yeah this wasnt 2 gd

Ire
November 3rd 2012



41453 Comments


oops double post

Calc
July 9th 2013



10856 Comments


new album leaked if anyone cares



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