Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Gogol Bordello - Harem In Tuscany (Taranta)

Picking a song to represent this group was not easy. Every song on this album is energetic & party-ready. The singer goes beyond singing here, well into the role of actor extraordinaire. He sings these songs with such seriousness it’s almost tempting to think he’s putting you on. But, don’t let him fool you; these songs are fun because they were meant to be fun. The fact that anyone can do this with a straight face is a measure of their boldness.

I don’t want to do this, because people will get the wrong idea about Gogol, but very few artists can pull this off, and the only one that comes to mind is Tiny Tim. Now, see, I knew your mind would go there, but I love Tiny Tim because he was completely sincere, and could only pull off what he did effectively because of that genuine, heartfelt honesty. If you haven’t heard Gogol yet, trust me, they do not sound like Tiny Tim, they simply have an inner strength to put on a show that we will all enjoy. “After getting his political message across, Uncle Sam had a devastating, excruciating sense of lust.”

Shoutouts for Tribal Connection, Ultimate, American Wedding & Super Taranta! Gogol Bordello