Gulag Orkestar

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Gulag Orkestar
Gulag Orkestar (Front Cover).png
Studio album by Beirut
Released May 9, 2006
Genre Balkan folk
Length 37:25
Label Ba Da Bing!
Beirut chronology
Gulag Orkestar
(2006)
Lon Gisland
(2007)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 80/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly B+[3]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[4]
NME 8/10[5]
The Observer 4/5 stars[6]
Pitchfork Media 7.7/10[7]
Q 4/5 stars[8]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[9]
Uncut 3/5 stars[10]
The Village Voice B+[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".

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Zach Condon

No. Title Length
1. "The Gulag Orkestar"   4:38
2. "Prenzlauerberg"   3:46
3. "Brandenburg"   3:38
4. "Postcards from Italy"   4:17
5. "Mount Wroclai (Idle Days)"   3:15
6. "Rhineland (Heartland)"   3:58
7. "Scenic World"   2:08
8. "Bratislava"   3:17
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
No. Title Length
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
5. "Carousels"   4:23
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.

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  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, Lauren (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: The Flying Club Cup". 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 Media. 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. Retrieved 2007-05-07.