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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. LoucasP.
    Oct 13, 2007
    Definitely one of the best albums of the year, "I remember"...
  2. Georgeb.
    Sep 29, 2007
    it's an fantastic album...devendra is amazing, all of his albums are masterpieces.
  3. Gus
    Dec 12, 2007
  4. KennethC.
    Oct 14, 2007
    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
    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
  6. SweetL.
    Sep 28, 2007
    Hmmm, what happened with this album?
  7. SpiderWebb
    Oct 2, 2007
    More hippy-dippy verbiage from this stinky Marc Bolan plagiarist.

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