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7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 31 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 31
  2. Negative: 3 out of 31

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  1. Apr 14, 2013
    7
    After "Cripple Crow", Devendra takes the inevitable turn into psychedelic rock and it certainly is a hard turn. For those who endure, however, the satisfaction is the greatest. All in all, a fine album that bridges the change from "Rejoicing In The Hands" (which was kinda trippy already) to "What Will We Be".
  2. Apr 2, 2011
    6
    Feels a bit directionless and seems to be an experiment. The songs don't really fit as a whole- Lover is a fabulous song, but is completely out of place. Individually, all the songs are great, especially the salient Shabop Shalom and the playful Tonada Yanomanista, but as a collective, it's a bit jolty and uncertain.
  3. Gus
    Dec 12, 2007
    9
    Amazing.
  4. MattL
    Nov 3, 2007
    5
    This album was a huge disappointment.
  5. ross
    Oct 21, 2007
    7
    A very fun album, I believe, when there is a smugness to it-- the sincerity in this album stinks of pretension, the smugness stinks of cold beer and joints on a hot night in july!
  6. KennethC.
    Oct 14, 2007
    7
    Some surprises are gone. Some of the melody's seem to be lifted from other places. A couple tracks have cringe worthy lyrics. But for the most part Devendra still makes me happy when I listen to him. And I believe that Is the main point of what he is actually trying to accomplish.
  7. 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.
  8. LoucasP.
    Oct 13, 2007
    10
    Definitely one of the best albums of the year, "I remember"...
  9. jolab.
    Oct 11, 2007
    10
    By far the best album he's put out.
  10. SpiderWebb
    Oct 2, 2007
    0
    More hippy-dippy verbiage from this stinky Marc Bolan plagiarist.
  11. 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!
  12. Georgeb.
    Sep 29, 2007
    10
    it's an fantastic album...devendra is amazing, all of his albums are masterpieces.
  13. SweetL.
    Sep 28, 2007
    5
    Hmmm, what happened with this album?
  14. PaulA.
    Sep 27, 2007
    10
    To give this album anything less than a 9 is nothing more than a pure lack of musical insight. Banhart continues to expand and redifine his already totally unique sound. If other artists had one tenth of his creative ability perhaps todays musical scene wouldn't be the wasteland it is.
  15. MattP.
    Sep 27, 2007
    9
    Not as obvious as Cripple Crow, but just as alluring! There is no one like Devendra around at the moment, and by the looks of it, if there was they'd have a hell of a time trying to match albums like this!
  16. PeterW.
    Sep 27, 2007
    7
    Great album but, sadly, not as good as his previous albums.
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.