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Trans-Continental Hustle

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2010 release, the eagerly-awaited fifth studio album from the Alt-Rock outfit and the first to be release since 2007's Super Taranta!. Produced by Grammy award-winning producer Rick Rubin, Trans-Continental Hustle combines the band's radical invocations of positive primal energy and planetary consciousness with music infused with Ska, Metal, Punk, Rap, Dub and intimations of indigenous Brazilian sounds to produce a party maelstrom of electrifying proportions. Led by revolutionary change agent and provocateur Eugene Hutz, Gogol Bordello, a nine-piece juggernaut of gypsy rebel soul, has become an international force to be reckoned with.

1. Pala Tute
2. My Companjera
3. Sun Is On My side
4. Rebellious Love
5. Immigraniada (We Comin' Rougher)
6. When Universes Collide
7. Uma Menina
8. Raise The Knowledge
9. Last One Goes The Hope
10. to Rise Above
11. In The Meantime in Pernambuco
12. Break The Spell
13. Trans-Continental Hustle

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 27, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: COLUMBIA / DMZ
  • ASIN: B003BEEI3M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,868 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By gonzobrarian on April 27, 2010
Format: Audio CD
It's hard to continually raise the bar on a genre that you create for yourself and yet still remain fresh or creative. That said, there's something missing on Trans-Continental Hustle that was so eye-opening on Gogol Bordello`s Gypsy Punks, so explosive on Super Taranta! that it's hard to pinpoint. The energy is here, Hutz is still Hutz, the pace is frenetically balanced between traditional punk, gypsy, and Carnaval atmosphere, with the immigrant-centric worldliness still representing the core of the band. And despite the difficult task of incorporating a more discernible Latin sound tied to punk, there's still something missing.

Many have noted the now infamous photo of the band wearing matching garb promoting the release of the TCH, a ominous sign of something completely antithetical to the core of GB and punk itself, a band comprised of wildly diverse elements too unrestrained to be coerced into uniformity. It could point to the more polished nature of the album as a whole. For since this album is under the purview of mega-producer Rick Rubin, I suspect that GB's talents, and perhaps its greatest asset, raw unpredictability, may be sacrificed for family-friendly airplay. Take the songs Uma Memina, Last One Goes The Hope, Rebellious Love and To Rise Above, for example. The backup singers sound distinctly bored with their restrained wailing. Gone is the occasional though necessary explicit lyric, and less predominant is the evocative gypsy violin from Sergey Ryabtsev in favor of the strumming of acoustic guitar.

That's not to say there are unworthy tracks here. Rebellious Love, My Companjera, In the Meantime in Pernambuco, and the epically momentum building When Universes Collide are all worthy of addition to the elite GB songs.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By shiranaize871 on September 4, 2010
Format: MP3 Music
I was surprised when I first read several user reviews of Gogol Bordello's new album that criticized it heavily. After having listened to this album several times over, and being a long time listener of Gogol Bordello, I feel comfortable saying they were quite wrong. I suspect they wanted the band to just rehash the sound and beats that they had gotten used to. The thing is that Gogol Bordello has a stated purpose of constantly innovating and changing up their music in order to prove an aesthetic argument. And I think they succeed here. There is the same underlying passion and energy, but it is at times more subtle or subdued. Furthermore, they once more find ways to incorporate new folk traditions from around the world and emerge with a sound that is novel and refreshing once more. If you only like the punk sound of the Gypsy Punks album, maybe this is not for you. If you enjoy interesting and innovative music, than I would suggest this album. One user was trying to declare Gogol Bordello's music dead with this album. Fortunately, they seem to be in good aesthetic health.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By BlueStraggler on June 1, 2010
Format: Audio CD
This is what happens when you take a good punk rock gypsy Balkan band (or whatever descriptors fit it best) with a great formula, and try and change the formula by over-producing it. The soul has been stripped out of this band by mediocre backing instrumentals that could easily be a "one sound fits all other rock bands", namely acoustic guitar.
I was eagerly awaiting this new release, and so much wanted to like it, but there were too many things that did not sound right.
Stripped of the debauchery, humour, screaming backing vocals, Sergeys energetic violin and the accordion, this album is sadly lacking - a lot.

The publishers blurb says "...primal energy...Ska, Metal, Punk, Rap, Dub". Unfortunately, in my opinion, these have all been produced right out of the original sound of Gogol Bordello. What is left is a mediocre rock/pop sound. You would be hard pressed to find anything Balkan or danceable (in the crazy style of Eugene Hutz) here.
On the good side, the vocals and lyrics are still great, and definitely have potential. If the album was redone with the wildness of "Gypsy Punks" it could still be a great album. No doubt when performing this album live, some of the wildness will creep back in. I will await the remake...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By PortoCali Kid on January 2, 2011
Format: Audio CD
After settling on the current format, Gogol Bordello released the revolutionary Gypsy Punks: Underdog World Strike (2005) followed by the brilliant Super Taranta! (2007), both 5 star records with the former introducing a new raw hybrid sound, grounded in the vibe of a raucous Gypsy /Eastern European Wedding but drawing influence from a wide variety of musical sources, with the latter record a slightly more refined version of the same formula. By the release of Super Taranta!, Gogol Bordello had arguably ascended to the throne of "Heavy Weight champions of the World" ...the highest energy, most compelling live show on the planet. After having seen 15 or so concerts in the aftermath of these releases, I remember the scene vividly of Gogol Bordello tearing the roof off of Higher Ground in Burlington, Vermont in August 2009 (the former home of frontman Eugene Hutz) the show ending with percussionist Elizabeth Sun crowd surfing on top of her bass drum and Hutz climbing aboard while hanging from the rafters was as if the feedback loop between musicians and audience, and resulting energy, had red-lined ..and one had to wonder if it were possible for the band to sustain this level of intensity.

Enter legendary producer Rick Rubin important creative force in the rock and roll influenced hip-hop that launched Run-DMC and The Beastie Boys and of the Red Hot Chili Pepper's "Blood Sugar Sex Magic" where the expanded songwriting and vocal scope of Anthony Kiedis combined with the integration of the melodic genius of guitarist John Frusciante produced an ingenious record, for which he almost certainly should derive significant credit. Simply put, this man has been a big, active part of some great music.
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