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Product ID : 6955663

Galleon Product ID 6955663
UPC / ISBN 603967133424
Shipping Weight 0.05 lbs
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Model 3378195
Manufacturer Side One Dummy
Shipping Dimension 6.5 x 5.98 x 0.31 inches
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Brand Side One Dummy
Number Of Discs 1
Package Quantity 1
Publication Date 2007-07-10
Release Date 2007-07-10
UPC 603967133424

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What Operation Ivy is to the latter-day ska revival, Gogol Bordello is to the increasingly popular revival of Eastern European music. Blending gypsy rhythms with the intensity of alternative-rock, metal (and even rap), the group is justly renown for their charged live performances. The title track is a lovely mix of Balkan strings with pleasant screams from lead singer/ shouter Eugene Hutz. If only more of the songs followed its lead. As a whole, the album sounds like Leftie bumper stickers set to vaguely aggro "gypsy rock." "My Strange Uncles from Abroad" makes its political statement in a personal and affecting manner, but other tunes such as "Forces of Victory" are merely affected. It's hard not to agree with their world view or love for the woozy sounds of Eastern Europe. But on this album, GB make the Dead Kennedys seem subtle. And it would be nice if there were more variety to their sound. Perhaps they should collaborate with Beirut, Muzsikas, or Hawk and a Hacksaw next time? --Mike McGonigal