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Devendra's Latest Marvel,
This review is from: Cripple Crow (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.