Devendra Banhart - Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon (CD)

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    Categories
    RockFolkMusic
    Category
    1. Performer
    2. Rock & Pop
    3. Lo Fi
    Copy Control
    No
    Number of Items
    1
    Title
    Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon
    Media
    CD
    BarCode
    634904028329
    Country of Origin
    USA / Canada
    Label
    Xl Recordings
    Distributor
    Alternative Dis. Alliance
    Mono / Stereo
    Stereo
    Format
    CD
    Barcode
    634904028329
    Previews

    Rolling Stone (p.71) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[H]ere his music has a renewed sense of wide-open space....His lyrics are just clouds passing through the sky, and his melodies are trees to climb."
    Rolling Stone (p.111) - Included in Rolling Stone's "50 Top Albums of the Year 2007".
    Spin (p.108) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Hushed, delicate ballads like 'Cristobal' and 'So Long Old Bean' sound like nobody else..."
    Entertainment Weekly (p.106) - "[A] sprawling collection of psych-rock gems, sweet Spanish ditties, and ambitious sonic experiments." -- Grade: B+
    Q (p.104) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "'So Long Old Bean' quivers like prime English psychedelia and Freely is a luminous pastoral ballad..."
    Uncut (p.80) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "SMOKEY...introduces a more complex Banhart....'Freely' is as good a song as he's ever written, actually -- a musically mature relative of 'Heard Somebody Say' from CRIPPLE CROW."
    Alternative Press (p.174) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "'Saved' is full-on gospel; 'Lover' sounds like disco as John Lennon would have understood it; and 'Tonada Yanomamonista' rocks like the Doors as produced by Ennio Morricone."
    Magnet (p.91) - "Banhart still spins the type of delicate, fragile folk that captivated us in the first place, though now he's more likely to layer psychedelic atmospherics or link it to Tropicalia."
    No Depression (p.95) - "[I]t comes across as a thoroughly envisioned and executed work, maybe even a classic."

    Tracks
    1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Cristobal
    2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] So Long Old Bean
    3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Samba Vexillographica
    4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Seahorse
    5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Bad Girl
    6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Seaside
    7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Shabop Shalom
    8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Tonada Yanomaminista
    9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Rosa
    10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Saved
    11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Lover
    12. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Carmensita
    13. [ Disc 01 Track 13 ] Other Woman
    14. [ Disc 01 Track 14 ] Freely
    15. [ Disc 01 Track 15 ] I Remember
    16. [ Disc 01 Track 16 ] My Dearest Friend
    Songs / Tracks
    1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Cristobal - (Spanish)
    2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] So Long Old Bean
    3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Samba Vexillographica - (Spanish)
    4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Sea Horse
    5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Bad Girl
    6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Sea Side
    7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Shabop Shalom
    8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Tonada Yanomaminista
    9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Rosa - (Portuguese)
    10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Saved
    11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Lover
    12. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Carmensita - (Spanish)
    13. [ Disc 01 Track 13 ] Other Woman, The
    14. [ Disc 01 Track 14 ] Freely
    15. [ Disc 01 Track 15 ] I Remember
    16. [ Disc 01 Track 16 ] My Dearest Friend
    Genre
    Folk
    Release Date
    15 November 2007
    Country
    Notes

    Like its predecessor CRIPPLE CROW, SMOKEY ROLLS DOWN THUNDER CANYON finds freak-folk figurehead Devendra Banhart expanding his musical palette to new heights of eclecticism. Acoustic folk, augmented by stream-of-consciousness lyrics and Banhart's seductive quaver, is still the main ingredient on this collection of tunes, but an assortment of styles--including samba, klezmer, music hall, gospel, soul, jazz, rock, and pop balladry--make their way into the mix.
    At first listen, Banhart's intensely willful variety might seem distracting, and at times the album does bite off more than it can chew. On the whole, however, SMOKEY is unified in tone. Recorded in Banhart's Topanga Canyon studio in the hills of Santa Monica, home of historic recording sessions by Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, and other icons of folk-rock, SMOKEY floats with the hazy feel of early 1970s California, especially on shimmering acoustic gems ("Seaside") or tunes that draw on gospel and country ("Saved").

    Date Released
    2007-08-01 00:00:00
    Audio Format
    PCM Audio
    Studio / Live
    Studio
    Video Disabled
    0
    Performer
    Devendra Banhart
    Artists
    1. Banhart, Devendra
    Duration
    71m 39s

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