ALBUM REVIEW | gypsy punk

Gogol Bordello, ‘Pura Vida Conspiracy’

Gypsy punk mayhem-maker Gogol Bordello has built a following through indefatigable touring since 1999, when Ugene Hütz, a political refugee from the Ukraine, founded the group. Fans won’t find anything unexpected on “Pura Vida Conspiracy,” their sixth studio album. The fusion of Balkan/Gypsy music with loud punk and Latin balladry does not sound as fresh as it did on “Super Taranta!” (2007) or even on the Rick Rubin-produced “Trans-Continental Hustle” (2010). But it doesn’t sound tired either. In fact, Hütz has never sounded more awake than he does on the album’s first track, “We Rise Again,” a rousing, flamboyant anthem. The band still offers a sonic assault, with Pogues-like acoustic moments quickly giving way to Ramones-like power chord frenzies and chanted choruses. Drenched with joy in its own noisiness, the album is nonetheless easier listening than some of the group’s earlier work. (Out Tuesday)


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