michael gallucci

ALBUM REVIEW — BEIRUT

In album review on 08/11/2011 at 11:50 am

Beirut

The Rip Tide

(Pompeii)

In the four years since his band’s last album, Beirut’s Zach Condon has scaled back his boozy Balkan folk music to a finely tuned stroll through a gypsy carnival. Actually, it sounds more like the day after the carnival pulled out of town. Still building his songs on a shaky foundation of woozy accordions, saloon pianos, and mournful horns, Santa Fe native Condon finds 19th century Europe via a more contemporary map on The Rip Tide. Electronic whooshes surge through “Santa Fe,” and the rhythmic marches of several songs are more in step with other adventurous indie rockers. On the album’s best tracks, “East Harlem” and “Goshen,” Beirut split the difference between the old and new worlds, still steeped in traditionalism but with a spark of 21st century modernism. 

Advertisements
  1. Looking forward to this album and tour. Beirut’s last album was pretty good. Lon Gisland EP is where it’s at though

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: