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For his Nonesuch debut, Devendra Banhart chose the title Mala, literally the Serbian word for “small,” but used colloquially in Eastern Europe as a term of endearment—“like sweetie pie,” Banhart explains. It was a placeholder during most of the recording, a working title offhandedly inspired by a ring his fiancée, the Serbian photographer and artist Ana ... Read more in Amazon's Devendra Banhart Store

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Product details

  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ADA [Wea 1-Stop Account]
  • ASIN: 555881974X
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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40 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Jon Brown VINE VOICE on 24 Sept. 2005
Format: Audio CD
I want to tell you a story (bare with me here)...several years ago I found myself in a record shop in Amsterdam, I forget the name (I'll leave you to figure out why) holding two cds in my hand with only enough cash for one. The first was The Dandy Warhols Welcome to the Monkey House, a band I know quite well and enjoy, in other words the safe option. The second was Banhart's Oh Me Oh My.. of which I'd only read a few scant reviews (all of which praised its charm). Unfortunatly (or perhaps fortunatly) the only listening station was knackered. In the end, after much prolonged and fuddled wondering I chose the latter.
Now I'm used to lo-fi but this dude took the biscuit, the majority of songs recorded on knackered dictaphones or his answering machine, background noise hiss and static all audible in the mix - yes it was rough. But his unique voice wove its charm and pretty soon I was entranced. Songs like Cosmos and Demos sounded like they were beamed in from some far flung corner of Lewis Carroll's brain, on Nice People, hell, I haven't heard anyone sound that demented since Syd Barrett on The Madcap Laughter - here, I thought to myself, we are witnessing the musical birth of a true maverick.
Two equally glorious albums later (man this guy's prolific!) and now we are blessed with Cripple Crow, delivered with love all the way from Woodstock. The front cover artwork alone speaks volumes, reminiscent of The Incredible String Band's 'The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter' (by the by, if you're a Devendra fan already check them out - they're a fitting reference point for the music he makes).
So to the songs, and what joyous little ditties they are!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Juan Mobili on 25 Sept. 2005
Format: Audio CD
There's plenty that has been said about Devendra -the praise is quite deserved- and, not as fairly, about this album being some sort of step back in his musical development.
As far as I'm concerned, all comparisons aside, the material here belongs with and should meet the expectations of those who have been blown away by prior albums.
That Banhart's talent is remarkable will not be news to anyone who's listened to him already, what has not ceased to amaze me is how mature his musical vision is, specially considering how young he is and how adventurous he remains when it comes to writing new songs.
Before I ever heard this album, some people whom I know and respect warned me that I may find it boring or disappointing. Well, that has not been the case for me, you may find Cripple Crow less obscure, more accessible than prior albums but this is not to say that this guy has even come close to "selling out" or "losing his touch."
The fact that these songs may hit you immediately or have you under their spell at first listening, should not be a reason to criticize. After all, "accessible" must not be an indictment. Appreciating complexity is necessary, worshipping "obscurity" for its own sake is for snobs.
Great songs abound, too many to discuss all of them here, still, I'd like to mention the few he sings in Spanish. If your definition of Folk transcends the Anglo tradition, you'll find delight on Banhart gift for Latin American melodies.
All in all, this is an excellent album, and for me, perhaps for different reasons, as awe-inspiring as some of his prior works. Buy it without worries nor hesitation.
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22 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Quixotic on 16 Aug. 2005
Format: Audio CD
The songs from Cripple Crow may sound and be labelled as folk, blues, bossa or ballads, but they're not, I mean we should really put a term to this indecent need of labelling everything; these songs are far more than just different musical styles. The songwritting of Devendra and his voice are so personal that you would simply say its Devendra's songs, Devendra's precious children. Devendra, only 23 years old, has the melodic grace of the child strangely sharing room with the incredible maturity of an old soul. These songs would have touched me years ago, and they would have moved me the same if released in the future, they sound so delicate and fresh although timeless. Quixotic.
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By Nikas on 23 Feb. 2015
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
Nothing but love for Devendra. The delivery was very good aswell.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. R. Blundell on 20 April 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Saw him live with his band. Blew me away really. Neer heard anything quite lke it. The album reveals quite a lot of what is a huge creative talent. Yes real music does exist. Feel the whole band deserves proper credit, mind!
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