User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 33 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 33
  2. Negative: 3 out of 33

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  1. madsl
    Oct 2, 2007
    3
    Slant magazine got it right when they labeled devendra "an attention whore" due to the underwhelming merits of this excruciatingly mediocre album...rejoicing in the hands was apparently a lucky strike from a man who subsequently must be regarded a one trick pony...over-long and self-indulgent hippie gibberish...count me out!
  2. LennyB
    Oct 14, 2007
    1
    I should have known something was up when Banhart started covering Oasis, showing off his massive house on MTV's Cribs, and recording duets with the dude from The Black Crows. This is nothing but hippie filler for stoners who find Dave Matthews too challenging.
  3. SpiderWebb
    Oct 2, 2007
    0
    More hippy-dippy verbiage from this stinky Marc Bolan plagiarist.
Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 34
  2. Negative: 2 out of 34
  1. Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon is many things--perhaps too many things, but its successes outnumber its failures, and it essentially solves the problems inherent in confining a freeform singer to time signatures and arrangements and rhythms imposed by outsiders.
  2. it's great to hear Banhart playing outside of type, and the swagger and muscle occasionally at work suit him surprisingly well.
  3. On fifth album Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon the cast expands again to include erstwhile Strokes guitarists and movie stars, and at points you’re left pining for the eccentric acoustic phrasings of yore.