Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Goran Bregovic: Welcome to Bregovic

Robin Denselow reviews Goran Bregovic's Welcome to Bregovic.

The Gypsy brass is in evidence, of course, on tracks like Gas Gas Gas, taken from the Alkohol album and featuring DJ Shantel, but it's matched against fine, drifting choral works like Mesecina Moonlight or the orchestral Underground Tango. Then there are collaborations with a remarkable variety of other musicians, which include a stately track from the Turkish diva Sezen Aksu, a laidback ballad from Scott Walker, and an easy-going, understated song from Cape Verdean star Cesaria Evora. Best of all there's In the Death Car, with slinky, half-spoken vocals from Iggy Pop matched against both choir and brass.

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