14 Songs, 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

With his drum circles–gone–wild percussion and Spanish-tongued romantic ballads turned flash-mob campfire sing-alongs, Devendra Banhart has been easily lumped into the freak-folk movement. He also plays up the charismatic cult-leader vibe with his serious beard, intense gaze, and lyrics that are either deeply philosophical or weird and funny in a jive kind of way. He proudly waves the freak-folk flag by juxtaposing unlikely musical elements. "Mi Negrita" sounds like an easy-listening record bedeviled by cavemen whose backing vocals have nothing to do with the lyrics (which reflect on Banhart's Venezuelan roots). "Your Fine Petting Duck" combines carefully fingerpicked guitar lines with a children's choir as the tune transforms into a synth-crazy dance track and the singer explains why he's bad news. "The Ballad of Keenan Milton," with a police siren in the distance, is an acoustic guitar instrumental that sounds like it was borrowed from a '70s movie. The entire album, in fact, plays like a mixtape, with a variety of styles meeting a variety of sound fidelities.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

With his drum circles–gone–wild percussion and Spanish-tongued romantic ballads turned flash-mob campfire sing-alongs, Devendra Banhart has been easily lumped into the freak-folk movement. He also plays up the charismatic cult-leader vibe with his serious beard, intense gaze, and lyrics that are either deeply philosophical or weird and funny in a jive kind of way. He proudly waves the freak-folk flag by juxtaposing unlikely musical elements. "Mi Negrita" sounds like an easy-listening record bedeviled by cavemen whose backing vocals have nothing to do with the lyrics (which reflect on Banhart's Venezuelan roots). "Your Fine Petting Duck" combines carefully fingerpicked guitar lines with a children's choir as the tune transforms into a synth-crazy dance track and the singer explains why he's bad news. "The Ballad of Keenan Milton," with a police siren in the distance, is an acoustic guitar instrumental that sounds like it was borrowed from a '70s movie. The entire album, in fact, plays like a mixtape, with a variety of styles meeting a variety of sound fidelities.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
84 Ratings

84 Ratings

Joe2don ,

Good

This sounds like the sound that the strokes are going at

noahlennox ,

Mala

Whoa. first review, i'm surprised a flock of banhart fans weren't here already.. Anyways this is a great record. I just finished listening to it and I'm blown away. It's an interesting direction for devendra, very pop driven tunes here. He's drifted far away from his distinctive folk sound he established in his brilliant earlier efforts and am almost happy he did because he's matured so much as a songwriter. My favorite part about this record is the instrumentation, beautiful textures, he's even started to incorporate a lot of electronic elements.. To sum it up tho, if your a fan of his I highly recommend it. I was hesitant to get this at first because I was very disappointed in "What Will We Be" but Mala has definitely redeemed him in my book. And I know i'm going to be playing this on repeat for at least the next few weeks. So
cheers Devendra!

JoshuaAustinn ,

first time listening

about half way through this album and I'm already texting everyone I know forcing them to buy immediately. I'm blown away at the diversity and depth of this album; completely took me by surprise. THANK YOU MUSIC GODS

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