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Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon

Devendra Banhart Audio CD
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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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  • Audio CD (24 Sep 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: XL
  • ASIN: B000UGG33M
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,261 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  8. Tonada Yanomaminista 2:560.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Rosa 5:070.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Saved 5:330.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Lover 3:430.99  Buy MP3 
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The prolific Banhart is a one man Facebook, with his uncanny ability to network with an apparently endless series of collaborators, so it’s not entirely surprising that "Cristobal", the first track on Smokey Rolls down Thunder Mountain, should feature an unlikely guest vocal from Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal. Clearly being bilingual in English and Spanish--Banhart grew up in Venezuela--doubles the names in his address book. Though not as instantly appealing as 2005’s sprawling Cripple Crow, Smokey Rolls down Thunder Mountain is a genuine grower, starting slowly and giving up its secrets reluctantly. Arrangements that initially seem sparse feature more and smarter details than his previous records, his full band appearing throughout. So "Tonada Yanomaminista" ends with a spray of stinging lead guitar reminiscent of the Bay Area’s original hippie outfits. "Samba Vexillographica" mutates from a traditional South American rhythm into something much stranger and heavier while "Seahorse" shifts from bluesy ballad to cool jazz section (owing plenty to Dave Brubeck’s perennial "Take Five") before concluding with a heavy white soul outro, Banhart for once ditching the ethereal voice. The component parts are hardly original but the combination certainly is. Elsewhere "Lover" is a straightforward, yet irresistible homage to sixties Stax soul, "Carmencita" a jolly Latin rave-up, "The Other Woman" sparse, gender-bending reggae. "Shabop Shalom" is this album’s faintly contentious throwaway, nearer to Jonathan Richman’s ‘Egyptian Reggae’ than political comment. It’s silly really, but it’s Banhart’s lack of self-consciousness that makes him so engaging. --Steve Jelbert

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STANDARD EDITION : Ramblin' 2007 album! Poetic freak-folk 'n' psych jams, recorded at home in Topanga Canyon.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By davektt
Format:Audio CD
I like this album - it is elegantly put together, and has an enjoyable range of styles within it. I take what the other reviewer said; it definitely grows on you with a few listens.

Nevertheless, I still find myself pining for the type of stuff we had on Rejoicing in the Hands or Nino Rojo: very stripped-down songs, often just a voice and an instrument, where you could appreciate the achievement of making so much out of so little. While there is nothing much to complain about on this album, the increased production values, budget, and number of performers, means there is not much of this simple music to be enjoyed.

I'm slightly alarmed that I'm sounding like those grumpy folkies who cried 'Judas' when Dylan picked up an electric guitar, but as much as I enjoy the new stuff, it still jars a little - I keep waiting for a 'Will is my friend', and it just isn't there.

Basically, if this was a new artist/band I would probably have given it a higher rating, but because of my attachment to the earlier albums, I can't enjoy it quite as much as I'd like.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Where there's smoke... 30 Oct 2007
By Dudley Serious VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I became interested in investigating Devendra Banhart when I read that Michael Gira (of Swans) had "discovered" him and put out his first album. Then his name was mentioned here, on Amazon, in the same breath as Frank Zappa and Led Zeppelin. He's made a few albums already so I'm a bit late on the scene but anyway, what to make of it? From what I've read this is his most ambitious album so far, previous ones being more rooted in Banhart's admittedly leftfield take on folk-rock. This album rolls all right, it doesn't exactly rock. More accurately, it unfolds, in a series of dreamy episodes. There are Latin elements in places (and some lyrics in Spanish), there are bluesy elements elsewhere. On first listening it sounds a bit unfocused, and it probably is, but it takes better shape after a couple more listens and is rather good, in a laid back I-don't-care-about-daytime-radio-airplay kind of way. A smoking slow burner.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's been a long time......... 26 Sep 2007
Format:Audio CD
It's been a long time since I felt like this about a new release. Mostly you pretty much know what to expect when you first hear a new album from someone you've grown to love and here's the twist....sometimes, just sometimes, you take a listen and you're not're not's not what you it as good as you thought it might be?...doesn't sound like it...sounds kind of strange...oh dear!...try again, give each track a 2nd listen...still uncomfortable, but that bit sounds pretty good...hold on, I like that bit as well....and is that Vashti Bunyan singing?....still not sure....listen, here's another bit that sounds great and I'd not noticed that guitar before, still not sure...listen again... You get the picture, slowly but surely this gets better and better. Might take a few listens but this is classic DB and co. Takes me back (showing my age now) to how I felt listening to the Incredible String Band for the first time...Keep listening, there are gems in here.
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