- Record Label: Ba Da Bing
- Release Date: May 9, 2006
- Summary: This Eastern European-sounding, multi-instrumental effort is actually the work of Albuquerque teenager Zach Condon. Members of A Hawk And A Hacksaw also lend a hand.
- Record Label: Ba Da Bing
- Genre(s): Indie, Rock
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|So alone I cry but something something I came through tonight... just like you And all this advice has fallen through I watch and wait as Something...||See the rest of the song lyrics|
Positive: 21 out of 22
Mixed: 1 out of 22
Negative: 0 out of 22
It's tightly focused, beautifully written, and totally without filler.
Though he may not have the experience in years, he more than makes up for it in the way he crafts his songs.
An outstanding debut album, and easily one of my favorite releases of the year so far.
Q MagazineAn astonishingly moving distillation of Eastern European melancholia with elegant histrionics a la Rufus Wainwright. [Dec 2006, p.141]
Time and again, the most powerful element of Gulag Orkestar, and what ought to be emphasized, is Condon's acrobatic, powerful, emotionally nuanced voice.
Under The RadarA wonderful debut. [#14]
The 11 tracks of Gulag Orkestar are very good, but not the stunning achievement you might be led to believe they are.
Positive: 24 out of 26
Mixed: 1 out of 26
Negative: 1 out of 26
Aug 2, 2014Uplifting most of the time, with a pinch of depression, nostalgia and rejoice. With clear, pure, sensitive and deep instruments and Zach'sUplifting most of the time, with a pinch of depression, nostalgia and rejoice. With clear, pure, sensitive and deep instruments and Zach's exhilarating and emotional voice. Much more than 11 tracks: almost 40 minutes of an exquisite feeling... travelling back to a traditional Balkan party where everything feels, breathes hope and celebration. To describe it in a word, this album is sublime.… Expand
JoeEDec 29, 2006Hearing this rich and brilliant album and then reading about Condon's age has made me reevaluate the past few years of my life. . . He Hearing this rich and brilliant album and then reading about Condon's age has made me reevaluate the past few years of my life. . . He perfectly captures the spirit of the style he's emulating without being a slave to authenticity. Genius.… Expand
scoffcMay 6, 2007great and special album.
TomZJun 7, 2006It is nearly impossible for only one man to create great folk music, yet Zach Condon manages to capture the spirit of eastern block so well It is nearly impossible for only one man to create great folk music, yet Zach Condon manages to capture the spirit of eastern block so well that when listening to this album, images of cruising through narrow roads of Lithuania in an old LADA loop constantly inside of my head.… Expand
[Anonymous]Oct 23, 2006Excellent. One of the best of 2006.
PrastariJul 15, 2006I am from (South)Eastern Europe and this melancholie is so close to me.
CatSep 25, 2006Very disappointing. The songs are all a muddle of homogeneous instrumentation, and it's very difficult to discern what he's saying. Very disappointing. The songs are all a muddle of homogeneous instrumentation, and it's very difficult to discern what he's saying. I like Neutral Milk Hotel, but I don't want all the songs to sound like "The Fool." This just didn't mesh with my tastes at all.… Expand
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