Wednesday 13 December 2017

These live wires need to be in their element

Live act: Gogol Bordello's anarchic frontman Eugene Hutzgogol bordello
Live act: Gogol Bordello's anarchic frontman Eugene Hutzgogol bordello
Eamon Sweeney

Eamon Sweeney

Album Review: Gogol Bordello, Pure Vida Conspiracy (Columbia) 3 STARS

Eugene Hutz and his band of merry men have gone from Manhattan's favourite anarchic gypsy punk band to soundtracking adverts at last summer's European Championships.

Pure Vida Conspiracy is no less than their sixth studio album since 1999.

Gogol Bordello are one of the hardest working bands in show business, who appear to be perpetually on tour.

The clincher is that they look and sound as if they love every single second of it, forming some kind of missing spiritual link between Manu Chau and The Clash. Saxophone, accordion and violin together shouldn't make any sense, but in their hands it all strangely works.

There is one small but extremely significant problem with Pure Vida Conspiracy. This is music that you really want to enjoy as the sun sets on a festival stages or in a poky dive bar in Manhattan.

Divorced from their natural fun-filled habitat, they struggle to replicate such infectious energy in the studio.

KEY TRACKS We Rise Again, I Just Realized

Irish Independent

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