Rejoicing In The Hands

User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24

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  1. JohnW
    Jul 3, 2004
    5
    A few interesting moments, but overall, the guy who called this "twee" was right on the money. It's an insult to Jeff Buckley to say that Banhart sounds like him: he's got nowhere near JB's vocal prowess or edge. Banhart is a rockcrit bandwagon right now, but his sub-par evocation of early Marc Bolan doesn't produce much in the way of memorable songs: I expect the A few interesting moments, but overall, the guy who called this "twee" was right on the money. It's an insult to Jeff Buckley to say that Banhart sounds like him: he's got nowhere near JB's vocal prowess or edge. Banhart is a rockcrit bandwagon right now, but his sub-par evocation of early Marc Bolan doesn't produce much in the way of memorable songs: I expect the rockcrits will be on to the next flavor of the month by the time Banhart releases another album. Collapse
  2. BenW
    Jun 25, 2004
    5
    I'm obviously missing something, as I found this all just a bit to twee. Banhart's playing is certainly impressive, but I didn't feel the songs were that interesting and his Marc Bolan impersonation started to grate. When he uses a band things improve dramtically - perhaps this could be a future direction for him.
Metascore
88

Universal acclaim - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 21
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 21
  3. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Though his second CD has a charming Ambrose Bierce quality to it, a little goes a long way.
  2. The Wire
    80
    Banhart mixes a relaxed bearing and a tense vocal delivery in a fascinating manner. [#245, p.51]
  3. 90
    It’s as simple as songwriting can get; as striking as songwriting can get.