Pura Vida Conspiracy - Gogol Bordello
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 25
  2. Negative: 1 out of 25
  1. Jul 22, 2013
    80
    With their ever-expanding arsenal of masterfully crafted musical traditions, they prove once more to refuse to be anything less than what they are: one of the most explorative and inexhaustibly creative bands on the planet.
  2. Jul 19, 2013
    80
    The result is Gogol Bordello's best album in their 14-year career. [Aug 2013, p.94]
  3. Aug 29, 2013
    60
    The ferocity in their delivery and the sheer sweep of their eager entreaties create an anthemic exposition, resulting in a series of songs that make it impossible to sit still.
  4. Jul 23, 2013
    70
    Drenched with joy in its own noisiness, the album is nonetheless easier listening than some of the group’s earlier work.
  5. 70
    He barrels unrepentantly into a sixth Gogol Bordello album that once again sounds like the traditional house band in Urals bear-meat restaurant going berserk on Green Day covers. [Aug 2013, p.85]
  6. 80
    Frantic and poetic, Pura Vida Conspiracy is another open window into gypsy culture that, for reasons unbeknownst to us, feels and looks like home.
  7. 100
    Re-examining his past, he imagines a future you can hum in your mind.
  8. Aug 12, 2013
    70
    Gogol Bordello’s incomparable brand of swaggering gypsy punk hasn’t lost a whit of its euphoric urgency.
  9. Jul 23, 2013
    37
    Pure Vida overwhelms as often as it inspires.
  10. Aug 13, 2013
    60
    This is (finally) an album that is enjoyable solely as a listening experience. [Sep 2013, p.89]
  11. Jul 19, 2013
    80
    Strangely, this record might be the first grower they’ve ever made, sacrificing some immediacy for subtlety and, presumably, greater endurance.
  12. 70
    They expound spiritual philosophies (“I am a hieroglyph of love!”), grasp the rural jig-folk baton from Mumford & Sons and, post-Beirut, remind everyone it’s supposed to be fun.
  13. Jul 19, 2013
    60
    Pura Vida is more subdued (relatively speaking) than the group’s usual celebratory style, but the album’s best songs are still the most anthemic, the ones that sound the best alongside a hoisted, spilled beer.
  14. Jul 23, 2013
    79
    This reeled-in style seems like an extension of their exhaustion and desire to create something laid-back that would give them a chance to breathe and really examine what they’re doing and why, rather than trying to hustle and do everything at breakneck speed all the time.
  15. Aug 15, 2013
    64
    Between the spirited music and Hütz's delivery, you're not likely to walk away from Pura Vida feeling uninspired. But if you want to really hear what Gogol Bordello is saying on Pura Vida, a little history with the band is going to go a long way.
  16. Jul 22, 2013
    90
    If there ever was a Gogol Bordello album that deserves to launch them onto American radio waves, it’s Pura Vida Conspiracy.
  17. Aug 20, 2013
    80
    Their sixth learns from those mistakes [on their fifth album], sounding rougher, tougher and altogether more like the raucous joy of their live shows. [Sep 2013, p.102]
  18. Jul 23, 2013
    60
    Gogol are best when Hütz lyrically nuances the roiling energy; on "My Gypsy Auto Pilot," he goes back to Ukraine to find that he's a stranger in his old hometown.
  19. Aug 7, 2013
    70
    Gogol Bordello's energy and optimism can grow exhausting, and even if their product has begun to feel familiar, they still sound unlike any other band on the planet, and it's hard not to be charmed by the fervor with which they keep seeking out new borders to cross and uninitiated listeners to welcome into their always hospitable tribe.
  20. Jul 29, 2013
    80
    Humor and mirth best define this voracious multicultural outfit, no matter how many tunes are set in minor keys.
  21. Jul 23, 2013
    75
    At its best, Pura Vida Conspiracy is a consistently raucous exposition of stylistic souvenirs from Hütz’s continuously expanding catalog of international influences.
  22. 75
    There is as much tenderness as there is explosiveness on Pure Vida Conspiracy and the band once again demonstrate their depth, breadth and potential for excellent showmanship.
  23. Jul 26, 2013
    70
    If you enjoy music that’s fun and rousing and are curious about other musical traditions--even if they are all jumbled up together--then Pura Vida Conspiracy makes for a joyful, life-affirming experience.
  24. Jul 19, 2013
    70
    The sixth LP covers a familiar spectrum from table-thumping anthems to torrid speed-polkas and booze-punk shanties. But it also features agreeably surreal humour and occasional tender interludes. [Aug 2013, p.71]
  25. Aug 28, 2013
    60
    The party is at its peak. [Aug-Sep 2013, p.130]
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Jul 24, 2013
    8
    En un comienzo imaginé que Pura Vida Conspiracy se trataba de un Súper Taranta! II, pero al avanzar en las canciones fuí encontrando elementos nuevos que hacen de éste álbum una faceta diferente de Gogol Bordello. La escucha es entretenida, amena, el aire gitano nunca se pierde, pero juegan con nuevas fusiones. Es un álbum que vale la pena. Full Review »
  2. Jul 24, 2013
    10
    When I first listened to this album, I really didn't like it. However, after listening to it again, I now realize that it is probably Gogol Bordello's best album yet. It tries out a very different style of music that the band hasn't used before and it really makes this album something special. It's the same ol' Gogol Bordello, with a really beautiful new coat of paint. Full Review »