Gulag Orkestar

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Gulag Orkestar
Gulag Orkestar (Front Cover).png
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 9, 2006
GenreBalkan folk
LabelBa Da Bing!
Beirut chronology
Gulag Orkestar
Lon Gisland
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[2]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[3]
The Guardian4/5 stars[4]
The Observer4/5 stars[6]
Q4/5 stars[8]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[9]
Uncut3/5 stars[10]
The Village VoiceB+[11]

Gulag Orkestar is the debut album of Beirut. It was recorded in 2005 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

It is written in the booklet that the front and back photos were found in a library in Leipzig, torn out of a book. The original photographer was unknown to the creators of the album while it was recorded, but has since been discovered to be Sergey Chilikov.[12]

The album has received great critical acclaim and was later re-released to include the Lon Gisland EP.

The Gulag was a Soviet government agency administering forced labor camps, while orkestar is the Serbo-Croatian word for "orchestra".

As of 2009, sales in the United States have exceeded 79,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. [13]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Zach Condon.

1."The Gulag Orkestar"4:38
4."Postcards from Italy"4:17
5."Mount Wroclai (Idle Days)"3:15
6."Rhineland (Heartland)"3:58
7."Scenic World"2:08
9."The Bunker"3:13
10."The Canals of Our City"2:21
11."After the Curtain"2:54
Total length:37:25
UK Version Bonus CD: Lon Gisland
1."Elephant Gun"5:48
2."My Family's Role in the World Revolution"2:07
3."Scenic World"2:53
4."The Long Island Sound"1:18
Total length:16:29
  • The EP's version of "Scenic World" differs from the first in that it has a slower, stronger sound and is entirely acoustic, with a violin and accordion replacing the original MIDI keyboard.



  1. ^ "Reviews for Gulag Orkestar by Beirut". Metacritic. Retrieved June 24, 2016.
  2. ^ Mason, Stewart. "Gulag Orkestar – Beirut". AllMusic. Retrieved June 24, 2016.
  3. ^ Greenblatt, Leah (May 26, 2006). "Gulag Orkestar". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved June 24, 2016.
  4. ^ Clarke, Betty (November 3, 2006). "Beirut, Gulag Orkestar". The Guardian. Retrieved June 24, 2016.
  5. ^ "Beirut: Gulag Orkestar". NME: 33. November 4, 2006.
  6. ^ Mardles, Paul (October 15, 2006). "Beirut, Gulag Orkestar". The Observer. Retrieved June 24, 2016.
  7. ^ Stosuy, Brandon (May 11, 2006). "Beirut: Gulag Orkestar". Pitchfork. Retrieved June 24, 2016.
  8. ^ "Beirut: Gulag Orkestar". Q (245): 141. December 2006.
  9. ^ Gitlin, Lauren (August 11, 2006). "Beirut: Gulag Orkestar". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on August 21, 2006. Retrieved June 24, 2016.
  10. ^ "Beirut: Gulag Orkestar". Uncut (112): 83. September 2006.
  11. ^ Christgau, Robert (July 25, 2006). "Consumer Guide: History Lessons". The Village Voice. Retrieved June 24, 2016.
  12. ^ "Beirut's Condon Talks New LP, Obsession, Exhaustion". May 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-05-09. Retrieved 2007-05-07.
  13. ^