• Record Label: Columbia
  • Release Date: Apr 27, 2010
Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Under The Radar
    60
    Transferring the energy and spectacle of their live shows has to be challenging, but the songs here come as close as any of their earlier work. [Spring 2010, p.63]
  2. Uncut
    60
    The idea was to expand Gogol Bordell's palate to accommodate the Ukrainian-American's recently adopted homeland of Brazil. The Good news is that it doesn't matter--if Gogol Bordello still sound like an Eastern European answer to The Pogues, it still means they're doing something nobody else is. [Jul 2010, p.108]
  3. While Trans-Continental Hustle isn't exactly a disappointment, it isn't the thoroughly solid album it could (and should have) been.
  4. Musically, it's really just more of the boozy, ribald, shoutalong same, but tellingly the best moments are when Hutz reins in his mentalist troubadour shtick.
  5. Alternative Press
    60
    Considering how much it costs to get Rick Rubin in the producer's chair, it's no surprise Gogol Bordello aim for something beyond full-throttle drunken mayhem on Trans-Continental Hustle. Those worried the party is officially over can rest easy, as "Break The Spell" and "We Comin' Rougher (Immigraniada)" show Gogol Bordello haven't completely forsaken four-on-the-floor folk punk. [June 2010, p.105]
  6. It seems Gogol Bordello is still stubbornly clutching for the inventiveness of earlier records like Gypsy Punks: Underdog World Strike and Super Taranta! without truly progressing, leaving us with a Rick Rubin-adorned imitation of their visionary past work.
  7. Founded on precepts of energy, positivity, and speed, the band has no choice but to keep pushing these buttons, churning out records whose rampant energy belies an increasing sense of atrophying decay.
  8. Trans-Continental Hustle is an honest effort, but one that pales a little when compared to the Technicolor explosions of Gogol Bordello's back catalog.
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Aug 10, 2013
    8
    In my opinion, the least inspired album of Gogol Bordello, but yet fantastic. They're style is unique and explosive and they're melodies areIn my opinion, the least inspired album of Gogol Bordello, but yet fantastic. They're style is unique and explosive and they're melodies are so motivating and energetic that you just can't judge their creations! Why? Because their songs may be a little bit repetitive? Because is too noisy? Because their style is a little bit "sloppy"? C'mon, it's just their way of being, they express themselves as they really are! That's a fact that not many musicians can tell! Full Review »
  2. Dec 23, 2011
    10
    Great album, great band! Every time I listen to one of their songs I fall in love with this music all over again! When they tour again I hopeGreat album, great band! Every time I listen to one of their songs I fall in love with this music all over again! When they tour again I hope to go see them live from what I've heard they're even better! Full Review »
  3. Jan 1, 2011
    10
    This album stretched a little far from the punk part of Gypsy Punk, and we are curious about what we are about to see. But Immediately weThis album stretched a little far from the punk part of Gypsy Punk, and we are curious about what we are about to see. But Immediately we realize that we love this album just as much as the past albums. As the first song on the album, "Pala Tute," is a love song to a girl, I think the album is Eugene Hutz's love ode to the place and experiences he has seen and had in his new home. Full Review »