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Editors’ Notes

Pura Vida Conspiracy overflows with warmth, humor, and muscular musicianship. Gogol Bordello's sixth studio release—and its first for Dave Matthews’ ATO label—offers another geography lesson from these citizens of the world. Gogol Bordello started as a Gypsy band, and Eastern European and Celtic traditions remain at the core of everything the group creates. But Pura Vida Conspiracy pulls Tex-Mex, country, and Latin rhythms into the band's orbit as never before. “Malandrino” and “Dig Deep Enough” are stomping mariachi numbers, while “We Rise Again” shifts easily from English to Spanish and “I Just Realized” is a gentle samba. Never to stick with one style long, Gogol Bordello also does the sea shanty “It Is the Way You Name Your Ship” and the funky “John the Conqueror,” which fits neatly into no category. The album closes with an acoustic ballad that fades to silence before delivering a surprise ending. Acoustic and electric guitars, fiddle, accordion, drums, and bass crackle and pop while charismatic Ukrainian singer Eugene Hütz delivers populist lyrics such as “borders are scars on face of the planet” in joyous broken English.

Customer Reviews

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$7.99??? We put our blood and sweat and body and soul into this album. 8 dollars minus one penny is the steal of a lifetime. Buy it now. PARTY!!!


… I love Gogol Bordello and I still do, but lyrically and musically, this album sounds rushed and not really produced all that well. I don't think this is one of their best efforts.

Awesome Like always !!!

My Russian friends introduced me to Gogol bordelo haven't heard a bad song yet!!!


Formed: New York, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Combining elements of punk, Gypsy music, and Brecht-ian cabaret, Gogol Bordello tell the story of New York's immigrant diaspora through debauchery, humor, and surreal costumes. Leader and singer Eugene Hütz's taste in music was spun out of black market tapes of the Birthday Party and Einstürzande Neubauten in his native Ukraine. After being evacuated to western Ukraine in 1986 following the Chernobyl disaster, Hütz became enamored of the mystical, outsider qualities of Gypsy music. Living as a refugee...
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