Niño Rojo - Devendra Banhart

Universal acclaim - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Like its companion recording, Nino Rojo is about the shared delight of new encounters with music and language and is an adventure in the hearing.
  2. Banhart... is undoubtedly one of the few truly original and captivating popular musical artists in the States these days.
  3. Banhart's disinterest in obvious narratives is, for now, his greatest strength.
  4. Not everyone will want to follow Banhart's cosmic meanderings, but those who take the plunge will find much to feed their head. [Oct 2004, p.133]
  5. 80
    Nino Rojo is no mere best-of-the-rest affair, but a sibling piece of equal intimacy and inspiration. [Oct 2004, p.102]
  6. No great departure, rather 16 more tracks of campfire folk, quivering vocals and a brilliant baby's-eye view of the world. [25 Sep 2004, p.64]
  7. Even though the best moments here hold their own with anything he has yet released, the lesser tracks show the first signs of diminishing returns on Banhart's previously limitless talent. [#8, p.108]
  8. While not as immediately consumed fully as a whole as Rejoicing In The Hands was, when given time and taken apart to be put back together anew, Niño Rojo clearly states the depth of Banhart's presence, if admittedly, not quite making a clear purpose just yet.
  9. If Oh Me Oh My is Banhart’s most fantastic record and Rejoicing In The Hands his most focused, Nino Rojo is the singer at his most inclusive.
  10. 70
    It's Banhart's gift for melody that ultimately carries the day. [Nov 2004, p.128]
  11. Might not be as mature as [Rejoicing] but manages to reach greater, more varied heights as a result.
  12. Unconventional harmonies and slurred vocals are an acquired taste, and some of the more out-there lyrical moments might bemuse you first time round, but give it a chance.
  13. It acts as a perfect counterpart to Rejoicing in the Hands, featuring the same elements that made its successor such a valued release, while incorporating enough new ideas to make it much more than Rejoicing in the Hands: Part Deux.
  14. Another charming collection. [#248, p.51]
  15. This is a record for the late night after a later one; the cauterised throat, the yellow of the reading lamp, and the restless shifts in twisted sheets.
  16. Overall, the album is more centered and collaborative and celebratory than anything Banhart has done before.
  17. Nino Rojo may not appeal to the "freak-folk" crowd that so heartily embraced Rejoicing and its shambling predecessor Oh Me Oh My..., but Banhart effectively displays a willingness to broaden his musical horizons that will undoubtedly serve him well on subsequent releases.
  18. It's easily the least convincing album from the three Banhart's offered thus far.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Mar 15, 2012
    Seems to hit all the right notes and grows on you, maybe not as lyrically accomplished as his other work but his voice sounds best on this album.
  2. ultravisitor
    Jan 12, 2007
    it changed my way of listening to music, and I have been doing it for 25 years and collecting thousands of records, devendra brings us some unexpected freshness, just like the beauty from joanna newsom's work, open up your mind, a new era has started . Full Review »
  3. JamesN
    Apr 15, 2005
    Having recently bought the limited edition release of Nino Rojo and Rejoicing in the Hands i instantly fell in love with Devendra's unusual vocal style. This is the better of the two in my opinion, the songs sound more emotional and heartfelt than on Rejoicing. Songs such as Sister and At The Hop stand out as particularly poinant, as Devendra's lyrics leave the land of fairytales and magic mushrooms and become much more personnal. The guitar playing is amazing, managing to be both simple and complex and although the use of chords can be repetitive, the varied melodies of the fingerpicking keep the music intersesting. Definately a must-buy. Full Review »