Super Taranta! (SideOneDummy)
Reviewed by Darcie Stevens, Fri., Aug. 17, 2007
Gogol BordelloSuper Taranta! (SideOneDummy)
Ukraine immigrant Eugene Hütz and his nomadic tribe are reinventing world music. Following up the now-NYC troupe's 2005 breakthrough blast, Gypsy Punks: Underdog World Strike, fifth album Super Taranta! begs for an audience. The punk 'tude of the Steve Albini-produced Gypsy Punks has been replaced with an hourlong mind spasm of carnivalesque hysterics, helmed by Victor van Vugt (Nick Cave, Austin's Voxtrot). Exhilarating on the more traditional, accordion-heavy cuts (opener "Ultimate," "Supertheory of Supereverything"), which barely spill over the Spanish-tinged "Alcohol" and the fantabulous "American Wedding," Gogol suffers beneath ST!'s length and schizophrenia. Switching gears from the call-and-response antics of "Wonderlust King" to "Dub the Frequencies of Love" and then back to instrumental Romani punk closing title track, it's a bit of a mess framed in Hütz's perfectly broken English.