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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.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 34
  2. Negative: 2 out of 34
  1. it's great to hear Banhart playing outside of type, and the swagger and muscle occasionally at work suit him surprisingly well.
  2. Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon is another very fine achievement in the still young, but immensely satisfying and always intriguing, career of Devendra Banhart.
  3. 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.
  4. There's nothing minimal about the music, which is cleanly produced, smartly textured hippie shamble.
  5. The main problem with '...Thunder Canyon' though is it's long - 72 minutes long - which suggests when Banhart let his muse fly free, he forgot to keep a check on his ego, too. At its best, this is subtle, touching, beautiful. At its worst, it's meandering and smug. You're entertained, but unsettled.
  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. LoucasP.
    Oct 13, 2007
    10
    Definitely one of the best albums of the year, "I remember"...
  2. Georgeb.
    Sep 29, 2007
    10
    it's an fantastic album...devendra is amazing, all of his albums are masterpieces.
  3. Gus
    Dec 12, 2007
    9
    Amazing.
  4. 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 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. Expand
  5. 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 completelyFeels 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. Collapse
  6. SweetL.
    Sep 28, 2007
    5
    Hmmm, what happened with this album?
  7. SpiderWebb
    Oct 2, 2007
    0
    More hippy-dippy verbiage from this stinky Marc Bolan plagiarist.

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