American/Columbia Records 
Fire Drill Review:
Labeling gypsy punk band Gogol Bordello into one single genre is impossible and on their major label debut Trans-Continental Hustle it gets no easier. Now locating himself in Brazil, lead vocalist Eugene Hutz not only lets the countries rhythms take over but the band blends this fever with their eclectic tastes that truly spread the globe. Trans-Continental Hustle was produced by guru Rick Rubin and his impact can be immediately heard as this record is easily the most focused and controlled the band has released. This may disappoint some long followers of the group because I believe they enjoy the sporadic mayhem. Hutz is a commanding leader and at times comes off like Joe Strummer fronting the reggae tinted tracks which sound great. Overall, Gogol Bordello have released a very likable album if you absorb it in sections, as its 53 minute long running time can wear a bit thin at times. The group is definitely on the right track here as Trans-Continental Hustle could be a transitional album that will be the bridge to the masses next go around!
Key Track: "Immigraniada (We Comin' Rougher)"
Band With Similar Fire: The Pogues
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-Reviewed by Christopher Anthony