Album Review: Devendra Banhart-Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon

September 7, 2007 at 1:44 am Leave a comment

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So lets just get it out there: This album is long. I mean, really really long. And don’t get me wrong, I’m all for more bang for your buck, but for the style and pace of this album it easily needs to lose at least 15 minutes before it can be happily digested in one sitting. Therefore the lack of editing is this albums one glaring flaw, and why it will inevitably have a lukewarm to negative reception by many. That having been said, if you look at “Smokey” as a collection of songs, each with its own entity and place in the cosmos…its actually kind of magnificent. The overabundance of material actually becomes a guised blessing from this standpoint, as different songs reveal themselves to be secret successes many listens later. Highlights include a great cameo from Gael Garcia Bernal on “Cristobal”, a tidal wave of gentle beauty on “Seaside” and a rousing tribute to Jim Morrison on “Seahorse”. Overall a very chill, meditative release that has “Grower” written all over it. I give it a solid B.

Check out the MP3 and music video for the synth-hoppin first single “Seahorse”.

Devendra Banhart-Seahorse.mp3

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