November 30, 2006

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Borat, [Soundtrack]
Atlantic Records, 2006

Geez, what a progressive era we live in: when satirists are disproportionately smarter than their targets, the racist, sexist, fearful punchbags throw lawsuits. Good stuff, but beyond the scope of an album review, so we’ll leave that to the courts and move on to disclaim that fans shouldn’t buy this if they want a comedy album, as it’s more a collection of totally non-Khazakstani (mostly Balkan) folk, yodeled, yelled, oom-pah-pah-ed and fiddled by established Eastern European artists such as (no, there won’t be a test on this later) Kocani Orkestar, Esma Redzepova and Stefan de la Barbulesti. Despite its non-Khazakstani-ness, it’s oddly captivating, like a book you can’t put down, and, well, culturally relevant if you’re into Gypsies and such. A few seconds of dialog do appear here and there, and the parody number “Throw the Jew Down the Well” will hopefully get the right people in your life laughing, but more than anything its goal appears to be to deepen your interest if you ever found yourself intrigued by System of a Down’s Armenian folk attributes or Kultur Shock’s bug-eyed old-country thrash. B

— Eric W. Saeger