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Beirut / Gulag Orkestar
Album:Gulag Orkestar Collection:General
Artist:Beirut Added:07/2006
Label:Ba Da Bing! 

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Add Date:2006-07-09 Pull Date:2006-09-10 
Week Ending:10 Sep3 Sep27 Aug20 Aug13 Aug30 Jul23 Jul16 Jul
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Album Reviews
canuck
Reviewed 2006-07-25 
Eastern European-influenced indie folk pop from Albuquerque-via-Brooklyn youngster (19 years old!) Zach Condon. He has a soaring, almost crooning, baritone voice that sounds much older than he is; it sounds a bit like Andrew Bird’s to me. The instrumentation is often lush with lots of percussion and brass. He takes Balkan brass music as a big influence and there are some nice brass parts on the album. Jeremy Barnes (Neutral Milk Hotel, A Hawk and a Hacksaw) guests on the album. While I’m not completely in love with the album as a whole, I do love some of these songs.
-Adrian FCC: Clean (as far as I can tell)
My picks: 3, 4, 5, 7, 10, 11
1. starts with out-of-tune piano, accordion and wavering brass, then goes into a slow march.
2. med-slow. waltz-time accordion-based tune.
3. fast-strummed mandolin. chorus vocals. nice melody and orchestration
4. med-tempo ukulele and voice to begin, then full drums and later brass. I love this song, especially the brass parts.
5. med-fast. waltz-time accordion-based tune.
6. med tempo ukulele. plodding drums.
7. a bit out of place with electronic keyboards and drum sounds. they form a nice backdrop to his voice. more typical brass comes in between verses.
8. med tempo. a minute of drums and brass trills before the vocals come in. it’s mostly the instruments with small vocal parts.
9. med-slow ukulele and simple percussion to start. cello. Fades down and then comes in stronger with drums and brass.
10. med-slow ukulele and vox to begin. later simple brass and drums.
11. a bit of a reprise of 7. interspersed clapping. man, his voice is gorgeous on this song.
 
TBXTX12
Reviewed 2006-07-23 
The first song, unlike the rest, is closer to true
slavic/balkan folk form.

Track Listing
1.The Gulag Orkestar 6.Rhineland (Heartland)
2.Prenzlauerberg 7.Scenic World
3.Brandenburg 8.Bratislava
4.Postcards From Italy 9.The Bunker
5.Mount Wroclai (Idle Days) 10.The Canals Of Our City
 11.After The Curtain