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  • Summary: The latest album from the Texas-based artist includes guest appearances by Gael Garc?a Bernal, Nick Valensi of The Strokes, and Rodrigo Amarante of Los Hermanos.
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 34
  2. Negative: 2 out of 34
  1. The consistently laudable performances and production of Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon make for something that appears effortless and remains engaging throughout its 70-plus-minute runtime.
  2. For aficionados of his gnomic genius, and there are many, this new collection provides further reasons to invest time and money in his eclectic works.
  3. Smokey is lengthy, as are all of Banhart’s albums, but make it to the last track and the reward is reminiscent of Banhart’s infallible 2004 album, "Rejoicing in the Hands."
  4. There's nothing minimal about the music, which is cleanly produced, smartly textured hippie shamble.
  5. Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon, his fifth proper album, is perhaps Banhart’s most frustrating album to date. [Fall 2007, p.78]
  6. Intriguing though Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon is, it remains unclear how he and his peculiar talent will thrive out there. [Oct 2007, p.104]
  7. Rather than the thoughtful songcraft and inspired peformances of Banhart's pre-Roberts Young God recordings, what you hear now is the zoned-out noodling of someone who foolishly believes his own genius hype.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 16
  2. Negative: 3 out of 16
  1. Apr 14, 2013
    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". Expand
  2. Apr 2, 2011
    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. Expand

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