What Will We Be

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  • Summary: The first album on his new label for the folk singer was co-produced with Paul Butler.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 25
  2. Negative: 1 out of 25
  1. On this, his major-label bow, the (now beardless!) prince of freak-folk has harnessed his many left-field tics and energies to craft his most elegantly driven work yet.
  2. Entertainment Weekly
    83
    Maybe he's listening a little too closely to his spirit animal, but either way, the guy sure sounds inspired. [30 Oct 2009, p.58]
  3. Q Magazine
    80
    Mark this down as the point which we can say with certainty for the first time Devendra Banhart is here for the long run. [Nov 2009, p.113]
  4. The sixth studio album by Devendra Banhart is the best he's ever made. What Will We Be is also great enough in patchouli-scented spurts to suggest that the 28-year-old singer-songwriter's defining classic is one more record and a little more focus away.
  5. It’s not surprising that What Will We Be sounds, then, like a relaxed, slightly crisper take on the ideas that informed his previous release. This haze of lazy Tropicalia, occasionally interrupted by an indulged moment of proggy vamp, isn’t necessarily a compromise.
  6. Under The Radar
    50
    It's easy to lay the rap on Banhart's drifting towards the middle of the road with the fuller, whole-band sound he's embraced, or the bigger labels or the greater notoriety, but the fault clearly lies with Banhart himself, who has become a lot easier to understand. [Fall 2009, p.56]
  7. What Will We Be is a better, more realized album, but it’s still a dud, filled with mediocre, half-composed songs and tediously unfocused songwriting.

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  1. Apr 2, 2011
    10
    This is an album that cannot be skimmed through. Listening to each individual is a treat to the ears- they start off slow and soft, butThis is an album that cannot be skimmed through. Listening to each individual is a treat to the ears- they start off slow and soft, but there's always a twist towards the middle and end, such as Chin Chin Muck Muck. First Song for B is the best example of this. The end is absolutely beautiful and heart felt. WWWB is a fantastic album- it is still very Banhart, though the development expected from artists who have created several albums is clear. Expand
  2. Aug 14, 2011
    9
    First I wasn't sure about WWWB, he has some amazing albums and this one sounded a bit different, but its an inspiration. Whether its the musicFirst I wasn't sure about WWWB, he has some amazing albums and this one sounded a bit different, but its an inspiration. Whether its the music or the lyrics the albums positive message jingles and jangles along, Foolin, Chin Chin and Rats are especially good. Sometimes it can sound a little drawn out but it grows on you as you realise the Devendra worldly style. Expand
  3. Apr 14, 2013
    9
    My favourite album by Devendra Banhart, filled with lush sounds and influences. It's perhaps not as fluid, with some songs "jumping" toMy favourite album by Devendra Banhart, filled with lush sounds and influences. It's perhaps not as fluid, with some songs "jumping" to another but it certainly doesn't get you off your cloud. For some people it might be considered a grower, I had the luck to fall instantly in love with it. Expand