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  • Summary: The Denver, Colorado-based quartet known for its work on the "Little Miss Sunshine" soundtrack and score releases its latest album on the Anti label.
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  1. Positive: 19 out of 22
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  1. It's a rare group that can make you wistful while wielding a caravans worth of instruments like a theremin, accordian, and sousaphone. [28 Mar 2008, p.67]
  2. Devotchka's captured the sound of a new world order.
  3. Bouncing from Mexico City to Prague to Milan to Denver over the course of ten songs, DeVotchKa's fourth full-length shows a band aging gracefully and eccentrically.
  4. If the choice comes down to being obvious or oblique, the band could take a forty-five minute saunter down the road less musically traveled. When they do, I'm hedging that the result will be a masterwork. Until then, releases like A Mad and Faithful Telling will be as engaging as anything that has come before, but will only offer hints at what these colorful characters might do when they finally release the catapult.
  5. A Mad & Faithful Telling, however, comes off as their most focused and researched work yet, incorporating traditional and pop culture aspects without getting cluttered or seeming like they’re trying too hard to find a niche.
  6. 'Basso Profundo,' sticks out like a sore thumb, overindulging the band's penchant for melting-pot quirk before the listener's had a chance to acclimate, throwing off the balance of an otherwise perfectly paced album.
  7. What leader Nick Urata does on his big indie debut is pretty straightforward: make dance music and ballads with drama and kitsch.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. MathewP.
    Mar 29, 2008
    Amazing album. Love the diversity and the range of sounds used here. Transiliterator is my song of the year so far!
  2. MattA.
    Mar 21, 2008
    This is an amazing album. It has so many layers that it can make one feel one emotion one second, and a different one just after. I was surprised because i was never into this band until I just stumbled upon this album. I guess I'll have to go back now and look at their previous stuff. This album, one me over. Expand
  3. EricE.
    Mar 27, 2008
    It's strange if you look at the reviews that culminate in this record receiving an 84, but they're all incredibly positive. For my take, I think this is a better record than 'How it ends' which is saying a lot. It's visionary, highly emotional, (manic, lovelorn, exultant, weeping, furious) and it just sounds great. If you haven't heard this band, there's nothing that sounds like it musically- sweeping strings. I can't even begin to explain. And the singer is on caliber with Jeff Buckley, Roy Orbison, whomever... outstanding. Clockwise Witness, Along the Way, Undone. Start there. Expand
  4. SamJ
    Jul 25, 2009
    It is not just the vocals of "A Mad & Faithful Telling" that hit the spot, but (as of every DeVotchKa album) the music itself is good enough to achieve a '8' . A whole instrumental version of this album would be overall postive, and then there is the vocals, that give it one extra push. There is a vast amount of songs with vocals which are amazing, then the short instrumental tracks like "Comrade Z" which sounds amazing on their own. You notice yourself not thinking " when are the vocals going to begin?" and just enjoying the music. I think "Basso Profundo" will be one of my top tens this year. Expand
  5. BradG.
    Mar 24, 2008
    I'm really enjoying it so far. It's far too early to tell if I like it more that "How it Ends", but I'll give it time.
  6. SteveO.
    Apr 11, 2008
    Overall its a decent album. He has a unique voice. Im looking forward to a future release.