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. Might not be as mature as [Rejoicing] but manages to reach greater, more varied heights as a result.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
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 »