AOTY 2019

Gulag Orkestar

Beirut - Gulag Orkestar
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2006 Ratings: #36 / 653
User Score
Based on 99 ratings
2006 Ratings: #35
May 9, 2006 / Release Date
LP / Format
Ba Da Bing! / Label
Indie Folk, Folk / Genres
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79
Very impressive debut. Especially considering Zach Condon was 19 at this time and essentially made the album himself, the mood here is extremely evocative and never veers into self-parody or pastiche. The melodies are uniformly strong, and as long as you forget Neutral Milk Hotel exists, the sound is exciting and original.
rosevean
85
#1 The Gulag Orkestar / #2 Prenzlauerberg
#4 Postcards From Italy / #5 Mount Wroclai (Idle Days)
#8 Bratislava
TheBravesDH
64
Zach Condon is that dude that goes backpacking in Europe after high school and then never shuts up about it. It's fairly one-note and can get quite dull. Shame Hendrix had already used "Band of Gypsys" because that would've been a perfect name for this project.
Felindie
85
Fav Tracks: Elephant Gun, Prenzlauerberg, Postcards From Italy
zaxapitsa
63
They do capture a big part of the eastern melancholic joy, at least an idealistic dreamy western version of it. Some songs are monotone moaning feasts but the first half is great. Still, there are massive intangibles missing. I'm talking about rakia hangovers, frustration... but most of all, the toughness.
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Track List

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