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Rejoicing In The Hands

Devendra Banhart

2004

Rejoicing In The Hands

Album Summary

Rejoicing in the Hands (full title Rejoicing in the Hands of the Golden Empress) is the third studio album from psychedelic folk musician Devendra Banhart and the second full release for the label Young God. It was recorded during 2003 and was released on April 24, 2004. The song "Insect Eyes" was featured in the teaser trailer for the 2007 horror film The Hills Have Eyes 2. The song "The Body Breaks" was used in the 2007 film Eagle vs. Shark. The song "A Sight to Behold" was also used in a season 2 episode of "Sons of Anarchy". As of September 2005 Rejoicing in the Hands has sold 24,000 copies in United States, also first four albums collectively have sold 56,000 units up to 2005.

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Rating

2.94

Votes

4725

Genres

  • Folk
  • Rock
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Wed Apr 14 2021
2

Siri, please find me better albums.. *Siri blinks* "I'm sorry, there are over one thousand albums in this list made in the UK so you will have some stinkers. Understood, thanks Siri.

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Thu Apr 08 2021
1

This reminds me of living in halls at university and having to endure the faux-hippy twat upstairs playing his guitar and ‘singing’ to try and impress girls. It should never have been committed to tape, let alone appear in the this list.

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Fri Jun 18 2021
5

This album is a gem, really liked several songs. He’s got a cool voice, simple but solid guitar work, and some clever lyrics. Best one in quite a while

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Wed Apr 14 2021
3

I know I've listened to Devendra Banhart before, he's a very quirky folksy artist. I love his song "I Feel Just LIke a Child." This album definitely fits that mold. Great instrumentation and melodies. His vocal performances are strange, but still enjoyable. It's folk music on a few drugs. I enjoyed this, but didn't love it. Favorite tracks: A Sight to Behold, Insect Eyes, Dogs They Make Up the Dark. Album art: This one's really cool. The drawings seem simple, ancient, and kind of creepy. 3.5/5

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Mon Nov 01 2021
4

I love the album cover, but have no clue what is in store. And after the first two songs I don’t have my bearings. I’m think I might be enjoying this - but I feel a little lost. Is this music from India? The songs hint of something exotic… or not? I’m not sure. I like the lyrics, and love the cracking and vibrato in the singer’s voice. By the time I get to “Poughkeepsie” I don’t feel any more grounded. When he starts listing Elvis songs I don’t know what to make of this. I feel like I may be in a parallel universe. This music is familiar and yet very alien. “Dogs They Make Up The Dark” happens and I don’t know if I like it or not. With “Will Is My My Friend” I’m sensing something really beautiful. But I still can’t bring it into focus. As I listen to “This Beard Is For Siobhan” I’m still unable to get a lock on this album or how I feel about it. I understand the words but this is really beyond me. Everything about this album feels just out of my reach. There’s something tantalizing and… amazing?… here, but I can’t quite grasp it. Nor can I walk away. The instrumental “Tit Smoking In The Temple Of Artesan Mimicry” happens then “Rejoicing In The Hands”… am I listening to something in the Asian tradition? As I listen to “Fall” I’m starting to think I need a guide. Did I say “Asian tradition” earlier? Here’s “Todo Los Delores”. The false start is enchanting. Who is Devendra Barnhart? What am I listening to? This album has affected me deeply. But it is also defying me. And I don’t know how I feel about it. “Insect Eyes” is really disconcerting. How can I be listening to a song and be so on the verge of love and hate at the same time?! As I listen I return to the cover art and it now feels soothing and sinister. “Autumn’s Child” is a dirge that draws me in while offering no satisfaction. The album ends. Listening to this was confounding, tantalizing, intriguing, maddening, soothing, familiar, alien. I am moved, repulsed, seduced, repelled and adrift. REJOICING IN THE HANDS confounds my effort to assign a score. It’s almost as if it has opened the door to a parallel universe. I have no idea if that is somewhere I want to be. Yet I am compelled to listen again… …on the second listen I really enjoyed this. Still not confident I know what this is all about, but I’m ready to take my little teeth out dancing and show them a real good time.

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Mon Nov 01 2021
4

Loved the first few tracks, loved the last few tracks, but I got a bit bogged down in the middle. Overall, I like this Joanna Newsom-y kind of thing: a coffee shop guitar, quirky lyrics. The first lines and the last lines of the first song won me over right away and will be a hymn in my own personal church: "This is the soup that I believe in This is the smoke I'm always breathin' This is the way I share my breakfast ... Well we've known we've known We've had a choice We chose rejoice" I'm interested in hearing more from this guy.

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Sun Jan 17 2021
3

It’s ok. Venezuelan singer songwriter, mostly solo guitar, but also some string arrangements. Mostly under 2.5 minutes. I didn’t hate it, so not gonna go below 3, but I’m not sure I’ll ever listen again to be honest. There’s some interesting poetry and guitar playing here and there, but nothing that great. The vocals kinda go back and forth between compelling and slightly off putting. The title track is legit great. I think I’m more of a fan of the more mystical, almost indigenous folk sounding tracks like Fall.

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Wed Mar 30 2022
3

I would say that folk is my primary genre that I listen to and to me this is a decent early 2000s folk album. But as far as early 2000s folk goes there are much more notable albums missing from this list. Sufjan Stevens' Michigan had come out about a year before this and his album Seven Swans came out a little over a month before. Iron and Wine had also just released Our Endless Numbered Days which belongs on this list as well. That all being said I think it's still a good album and I'm just being picky because it is my genre of choice. I think there is a good exploration of different instruments and playing styles without being overwhelming. Which is something more experimental folk musicians struggle to achieve.

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Sun Mar 28 2021
2

Production: 8/20 Songwriting: 7/20 Innovation: 7/20 Bangers: 0/20 Emotional response: 4/20 =26 I have nothing to say except this was booooooring

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Sat Jan 30 2021
5

Great folky album

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Sun Jun 13 2021
5

Acoustic croony tallest man on earth esque

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Tue May 25 2021
5

Devendras music has always been close to my heart

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Wed Jun 30 2021
5

so good

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Wed Oct 20 2021
5

Such a new and interesting sound that I actually listened to this album twice yesterday. Will be adding it to my rotation.

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Wed Dec 22 2021
5

This is a lovely album of sparse eastern tinged folk music. Lyrics are poetic and sung in a light and personal manner, but with enough tension to keep me interested. In many ways, this reminds me of Marc Bolan's music in the late sixties with Tyrannosaurus Rex. The album is utterly charming and highly recommended.

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Thu Nov 26 2020
4

Absolutely gorgeous. I only wish it was longer. Not quite 5 stars, but a well-deserved 4.

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Wed Feb 17 2021
4

Very relaxing and chill album. Great acoustic guitar and vocals. Good intro to Devendra Banhart, he's got some other really cool music, I'll definitely be adding to my rotation. Highlights: -This is the Way -When the Sun Shone on Vetiver -This Beard Is for Siobhan -Insect Eyes

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Sun Apr 25 2021
3

Half the album was pretty decent. Kinda reminds me of Sondre Lerche (Dan in Real Life)

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Wed Sep 01 2021
3

Amongst the likes of Sufjan Stevens and Bon Iver in the folksy singer/songwriter scene, Devendra Banhart is a name that stands out. Haven't heard of him before but his delicate playing and storytelling can hang with the rest of 'em. He's sweet and sour at the same time, evoking bittersweet feelings of autumn days with only his guitar and voice. It's vaguely evocative of the more tender parts of Fleetwood Mac's "Rumors", while still remaining distinct. On a sleepy weekday morning, Devendra Banhart is a perfect way to appreciate the time.

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Fri Apr 09 2021
2

false

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Fri Feb 26 2021
1

Big no.

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Fri Feb 12 2021
1

gyah, this is a rough listen...repetitive, meandering, pointless plunking. no desire to keep listening.

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Tue Feb 16 2021
1

In theory I should enjoy this - acoustic folky vibe - however it's draab - Minor key central with weary vocals and lyrics...

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Sun Jun 06 2021
5

Había escrito algo hermoso y la mierda esta no me lo guardó, la concha de tu madre, creador de esta mierda.

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Thu Nov 11 2021
5

A bit of me

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Mon Feb 14 2022
5

Ktebt Zouz Saf7at Fy 3l Bouheli Mte3 Dostoevsky, Still Sick, Za3ma Corona Walla Bech Nmout?

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Fri Apr 15 2022
5

a lot of the tunes sounded similar but the whole thing was good.

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Wed Aug 10 2022
5

Heel leuk album. Fan van het genre, al zijn de teksten soms nogal vreemd

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Thu Sep 22 2022
5

Nice to get an album I know and love. This is the Way is a favorite song of mine. Like lots of great poetry, Banhart’s lyrics lie somewhere between nonsense and profundity. And his heavy vibrato voice delivers them perfectly. The fingerpicking isn’t overly complicated, but the songs don’t fall into folkie cliches. Eccentric and whimsical like listening to a familiar stranger play songs by the fire.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

Like if Alt-J played mostly slow acoustic songs. Pretty good!

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Tue May 04 2021
4

Nice singer songwriter stuff. Enjoyed "Todo Los dolores", "Will is my friend",

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Mon Apr 12 2021
4

false

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Sat May 15 2021
4

enjoyed

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Sat May 15 2021
4

aweeeee pretty :* #needed

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Wed Jun 09 2021
4

I generally liked this one, though I found some of the songs a bit…strange? I usually like singer-songwriters, though, and this one was pretty good.

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Thu Mar 18 2021
4

Folk-rock acústico

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Thu Mar 04 2021
4

Original. Love it!

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Wed Jul 21 2021
4

Very unique. A wholly new genera for me. Really liked it. Would def listen to again.

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Sun Jun 06 2021
4

Amo el genero singer-songwriter. Joni Mitchel, Devendra Banhart y Neil Diamond... Me inspiran muchisima paz. Mis favoritos fueron a Sight to Behold y See Saw. Super intimo, cantado cerca del mic y en un lugar chiquito, no se le puede pedir mucho mas a un disco. Me gusta esos tintes de blues de Louisiana que tiene desperdigados por todos lados.

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Tue May 25 2021
4

Nice folky album, giving it a 4 so I will listen to it again.

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Mon Jul 05 2021
4

Well this is nice

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Wed Jul 28 2021
4

Conosco molto bene questo album perché era parte fissa dei miei ascolti intorno ai 20-24 anni. Devo dire che sono abbastanza un fan di Devendra, per me lui incarna l'anti-popstar, lo spirito con cui lui fa musica è esattamente lo spirito con cui secondo me tutti dovrebbero fare musica. I suoi pezzi sembrano spesso farneticazioni o idee buttate lì e lasciate incompiute, ma il modo in cui lui le interpreta rendono questa cosa un pregio invece che un difetto per me. Sentendo questo album uno si immagina che a lui non freghi un cazzo di fare il musicista figo o maledetto ma che semplicemente si diverte a fare musica in modo quasi un po' infantile. Quando l'ho visto dal vivo ho potuto confermare questa cosa, è stato più o meno come andare a casa di un amico e cazzeggiare con la chitarra. Nonostante questo appunto credo che il suo stile sia davvero unico e riconoscibile e che i suoi pezzi non manchino di profondità a differenza di quello che potrebbe sembrare ad un primo ascolto. Autumn Child è un pezzo che ogni tanto ascolto ancora e che ho sempre trovato davvero bello. Il suo difetto è sicuramente che rischia di accollarsi un po', spesso per colpa degli arrangiamenti inesistenti o minimali, però comunque non riesco a penalizzarlo per questo più di tanto per il discorso che ho fatto prima, anche la ripetizione fa parte della spontaneità con cui scrive. In ogni caso Devendra ha dimostrato che fare il cantautore matto, un po' bambino, ma anche mezzo guru spirituale fricchettone paga visto che è stato con Natalie Portman. Quindi c'è speranza. Voto: 4 pieno.

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Wed Jul 28 2021
4

Questa volta ero partito con l'idea di farmi due palle tante. Invece mi sono ricreduto, l'ho trovato un album coraggioso e carino. Anche abbastanza scorrevole. Alcuni testi mi sono piaciuti molto. Di base è un album voce e chitarra ma ogni tanto spuntano a sorpresa archi, cori, piano e altre features, ma senza esagerare. L'unica canzone che ho odiato è quella in spagnolo. Comunque sia secondo me è un album da 4. PS. Questa è innegabilmente roba tua Daniè! Ora bisogna vedere se c'è alchimia o no..

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Thu Jul 29 2021
4

Takiej odmiany wlasnie mi bylo trzeba, album tak prosty, a jednoczesnie tak wciagajacy, ze chyba juz 4 odsluchy wpadly, rejoicing in the hands to trzeci studyjny album pana Banharta, ktory urodzony w teksasie, wychowany w wenezueli, jako nastolatek wrocil do cali, zeby podazac za kariera muzyczna lub artystyczna, bo jeszcze cos na boku z rysowaniem ma, chocby swoje okladki sam tworzy, ale czym jest w ogole ta plyta, z pewnoscia akustycznym materialem, ktory laczy w sobie elementy folka i psychodelii, ktora w tym wypadku jest oparta na mocnych tekstach, ktore daja szerokie pole wolnej interpretacji, a jednoczesnie tworza obrazy ktore widac zaraz po przymknieciu powiek, zostalem zapytany wczoraj co sadze na temat muzyki latino, zgodnie ze swoimi przekonaniami stwierdzilem, ze nie przepadam za jej odmiana o ktora pewnie osoba pytala, czyli popularne popowe granie z wykorzystalem charakterystycznych gitarkowych elementow, jak chocby znienawidzone despacito, czy co trzeci hamerykani popowy kawalek, ktory musi zawierac cos latynowskiego, natomiast uwielbiam wykorzystanie bossa novy w murzynskich produkcjach, to pewnie glownie zasluga JMT i stoupe z jego egzotycznymi samplowaniami, a wlasnie na tej plycie, ktora jest z 2k04 brzmienie jak u pana bonfy z lat 60, wiec dawno sie tak pozytywnie nie zaskoczylem nowym albumem, gdzie na 16, dosc krotkich kompozycjach, bo cala plyta ma 42 minuty, pan devendra laczy psychodeliczne teksty jak przystalo na kali z brzmieniem gitarkowym, w ktorym czuc latino wplywy, chociaz plyta to wiekszosci kompozycje czysto akustyczno gitarkowe, to sa takze traki o bardziej zlozonej kompozycji, gdzie pojawiaja sie basy, smyczki, klawisze, czy talerze, do tego dochodzi pojawiajacy sie na 3 kawalakch wokal wspierajacy, na tytulowym rejoicingu duet spiewany na dwa kanaly, z lewej pan devendra, a z prawej pani vashti bunyan, ktora na dwoch pozostalych tworzy chorki overdubowane, ciekawie rozlokowane na scenie, z trakow ktore wyladuja na plejce, to z pewnoscia otwierajacy this is the way, czyli prosta akustyczna kompozycja ktora idealnie nadaje tonu calej plycie, fall na ktorym mozna uslyszec o wiele wiecej instrumentow i dosc mocnego overdubowania, bo zarowno elektryka jak i akustyka obslugiwal wokalista, no i dodatkowo sa te chorkowania o ktorych pisalem wczesniej, a wszystko stopniowo narasta od poczatku utworu, zeby dac upust szalenstwu w koncowce, a ostatim pickiem bedzie zkomponowany na podobnej zasadzie this beard is for siobhan, jako ze pierwszy raz slysze zarowno o plycie i muzyku, to tym bardziej cieszy mnie, ze akurat cos tak indyjskiego wylosowalo, bo jednak wiekszosc 1001 albumow to majorowe labele i ich top sellujace albumy, a taka odmiana od niezaleznej malej wytworni jest odswiezajaca, prawie jak pierwsze zetkniecie z pink moonem od drejka, bo to bylo jedno z pierwszych skojarzen po odpaleniu plyty

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Fri Aug 20 2021
4

Ok. I liked this. It was nice, acoustic chill. Only complaint is that some of the backing tracks felt like first drafts. 4.4/5 stars

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Sun Sep 12 2021
4

I was surprised by this album. I could tell it’s psychedelic folk almost immediately. Fav songs: a sight to behold, this beard is for siobhan

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Fri Oct 22 2021
4

Great album to make breakfast to

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Wed Oct 27 2021
4

a box of chocolates in the form of warm acoustic indie tones

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Mon Nov 01 2021
4

I am not positive that I am a fan, but I am going to keep the album in my library at least for a few more listens. There were definitely moments I really enjoyed and others where the music was just there.

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Mon Nov 01 2021
4

I enjoyed the acoustic guitar on this album very much. My appreciation of the singing waxed and waned. I know I would really enjoy some of these songs on a playlist.

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Sun Nov 07 2021
4

This is really growing on me!!

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Thu Nov 18 2021
4

Nice acoustic guitar work.

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Wed Nov 24 2021
4

I'm a sucker for this type of chilled acoustic folk music. He has the perfect voice for it as well.

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Wed Dec 22 2021
4

Never heard of this, but enjoyed it

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Wed Dec 22 2021
4

Kom mér virkilega á óvart. Besta platan hingað til!

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Thu Dec 23 2021
4

So nice

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Fri Jan 14 2022
4

not as boring as I anticipated! actually pretty good!

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Thu Jan 20 2022
4

That was really beautiful. Distinctive voice and equally impressive guitar playing.

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Wed Feb 16 2022
4

02/15/2022 Chill, laid back tunes. Really nice acoustic guitar and lyrics. More rainy weekend music, but there's a lot to enjoy and appreciate here.

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Fri Mar 04 2022
4

I like , I like. This was kinda cool.

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Mon Mar 14 2022
4

I enjoyed this mellow album heaps. It sounds like the guitar parts from a Nick Drake album, with the dude from T Rex singing.

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Sun Mar 20 2022
4

Beautiful

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Wed Apr 06 2022
4

Imagine my surprise when halfway through 'Rejoicing In The Hands' I googled a pic of Devendra Banhart and… well, let’s just say it was not what I expected at all! I have a good friend (the very one who introduced me to this 1001 LP exercise) who does not appreciate any, and I mean any, pre-knowledge or references to movies he has not yet seen, preferring to experience it himself before entering into a discussion about its meaning. So in the event that he has not had the opportunity to listen to this LP, I don’t want to spoil it for him, or for any of the rest of you. Devendra Banhart, I believe, was born out of time. The arrangement and performance of the songs on 'Rejoicing In The Hands' are minimalist, mostly fingerpicking guitar ala 1960’s folk music, and a handful with an almost early 20th century American ragtime style. Many of the recordings have the sound and feel of live one-takers, captured in a tiny club right before closing, the permeating odor of stale beer and cigarette smoke that hangs in the air mingling with the unrealized desires of the three separate, remaining patrons. Nobody will be going home with anyone, or worse, with the one they didn’t really want in the first place at the beginning of the evening. Devendra’s vocals sound as if Devendra is familiar with this kind of longing; but, also, mercifully, with love. Both hurting and healing may be found in these songs. And sung in a voice that has learned to embrace and endure rather than avoid and deny life’s painful situations. The genre itself has been variously described as freak folk, new weird America (never heard that one), trippy-hippie tone poetry, ashram-appropriate (that one cracks me up.) I like the New York Times’ take on the whole thing: ‘free associative,’ meaning ‘the mental process by which one word or image may spontaneously suggest another without any apparent connection.’ Here’s an example to support that from the second to the last song on the LP: ‘And each strand of… hair is really insect eyes.’ Or the unexplainable (to me, at least) Elvis songs referenced at the end of ‘Poughkeepsie.’ How about this title for free association, the LP’s sole instrumental, ‘Tit Smoking in the Temple of Artesan Mimicry.’ I’m guessing Sigmund Freud, the deviser of the free association technique used in psychoanalysis, would have a field day with this one! All this is to say that it’s probably pointless to spend much time here analyzing Devendra’s lyrics- who knows if I’d hit or miss, or if it matters, or even if there’s a target at all? I did pick up, however, on an awful lot of references to the sun, which seems to shine through the darker places pervading this LP. There was a particularly lovely lyric on ‘The Body Breaks’ that represents this hope amidst the heartache. Following a lot of talk about the body breaking and aching, and that both you and I will get over it eventually, Devendra concludes: ‘The body stays And then the body moves on And I’d really rather not dwell When yours will be gone But within the dark There is a shine One tiny spark That’s yours and mine.’ I can only imagine the experience of listening to 'Rejoicing In The Hands' while backpacking, alone, up in the mountains, enduring the cold and darkness of the wee hours of the morning until finally the warmth of the sun's rays make their first appearance, the daily resurrection of light that the darkness cannot fully overcome. We are alive, thankfully in the Sun’s hands, rejoicing.

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Thu Apr 07 2022
4

An album that I could kind of tell what it sounded like, but not how much I would enjoy it. It's a little trippy, little weird. The first track had me worried I'd hate it, but the record really grew on me. For some reason, paints a vivid picture of hanging on someone's outdoor porch in the dead of summer: it's hot, sticky, warm, but the conversation is too interesting to really care. Favorite tracks: "The Body Breaks", "Will Is My Friend", "Fall"

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Thu May 12 2022
4

This is a very beautiful album. Banhart's singing is quite unique. The hollow/echo-y recording of the instruments really compliments it well and the combination really creates a dreamlike atmosphere. The way the instruments are recorded kind of reminds me of Blonde on Blonde. The songwriting is also good, enough variety to not get tedious over the 40 minutes of the album, yet maintains a consistent sound throughout. This album seems to have been slightly ahead of the current indie folk wave, Fall sounds like it could be an Alt-J song, also evokes Tallest Man on Earth and Fleet Foxes. Although I wouldn't call it groundbreaking given the long history this sound has. Overall, very much enjoyed, not excellent, but would definitely listen again. Fav Tracks: A Sight to Behold, This Beard is For Siobhan, When The Sun Shone on Vetiever

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Fri Jun 03 2022
4

I guess you either like his annoying voice or you don’t. I did

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Wed Jun 15 2022
4

Svag för Devendra ändå. Han har någoet.

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Mon Jul 18 2022
4

Fiona appleesqe, but with less feeling, and a man. Enjoyed it.

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Thu Aug 11 2022
4

This was new to me, so we'll see how it holds up to repeated listens. For now, I'm really into it.

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Thu Aug 11 2022
4

I really dig it

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Thu Sep 22 2022
4

petite brise automnale

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Thu Sep 22 2022
4

Prévisible

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Thu Sep 22 2022
4

This was a nice listen.

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Fri Sep 23 2022
4

Good album! Saved the artist to listen more.

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Wed Sep 28 2022
4

Will listen again

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Wed Oct 12 2022
4

3,5/5. Sympas mais assez répétitif.

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Wed Oct 12 2022
4

This is the way Poughkeepsie The body breaks

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Sun Oct 23 2022
4

Oddball but honest - suffers a tinge of over-tweeness of the noughties but still a good record - at times haunting, at times delightful while being very well paced.

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Mon Oct 24 2022
4

Plaintive and less “freak folk” than I remember—but still a singular statement

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Mon Oct 24 2022
4

Yuh

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Fri Nov 18 2022
4

меланхоличненько хорошенький

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Mon Nov 21 2022
4

Reminds me a lot of the Tallest Man on Earth. I loved just about every one of these tracks, especially Todos los Dolores and Insect Eyes. Eager to check out more Devendra. This is the kind of stuff I started this project for! I think if I were in a better mood I would go full 5 for this, but I'm cranky today and wasn't able to get as into it as I know I would other times

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Tue Sep 22 2020
3

Can listen later

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Thu Oct 29 2020
3

Strong 3.5. Enjoyable folk album!

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Thu Oct 01 2020
3

3.5 stars, chill album that I'd listen to again

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Wed Feb 24 2021
3

Nice gentle tones.

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Fri Apr 30 2021
3

Indbegrebet af singer/songwroter i die stilen. En mand og hans guitar og nogle følsomme tekster. Lidt for meget hippie agtig til mig og kedeligt

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Mon May 31 2021
3

Not bad but ultimately fails to leave a Impress

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Fri Jan 22 2021
3

very lovely, will listen again

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Tue Jan 26 2021
3

Folk. Sweet dreams

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Fri May 14 2021
3

Great material for a singer-songwriter album, every song felt unique.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
3

it was chill

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Fri Jun 11 2021
3

Much more mellow that I expected, but pretty good. I'm sure if I was paying attention to the lyrics I'd appreciate it a lot more.

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Fri Jan 29 2021
3

Very chill. Maybe a bit samesie. I thought it had similarities to Blanco White but Maya disagreed.

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Mon Apr 26 2021
3

I liked his sound! Of the era.

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Sun May 09 2021
3

Well-sung, but kind of an odd style of music. It's got the vibe of an old half-crazy Southern lady singing to herself

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Tue Feb 16 2021
3

I had no idea what to expect here. I've never heard of this artist and didn't know what kind of music to expect or even whether or not Devendra Banhart was a man or woman. Turns out it's a male folk singer. Not bad, not spectacular.

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Mon May 31 2021
3

Could have been better as an instrumental album, given his remarkable guitar playing, but it wouldn’t have done much to change that the album is very uninspiring.

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Tue Jan 26 2021
3

Meh

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Thu Feb 11 2021
3

used to like in hs, decent now but a little cringe

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Tue Apr 20 2021
3

Neo-hippy folk. Best Tracks: The Body Breaks, This Beard is for Siobhan, Rejoicing in the Hands

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Wed Mar 03 2021
3

I'm a sucker for this sort of lo-fi, pastoral folk. I wish he was a baritone — more contrast in the singing would complement this music a lot better. But then Nick Drake already exists, so I'm not sure we'd need to invent him again.

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Thu May 20 2021
3

Love the songwriting, his voice just isn't for me.

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Fri Apr 23 2021
3

Sweet little freak folk record, but Joanna Newsom does it better

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Thu May 20 2021
3

Good song writing, nothing too catchy.

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Sun Jun 06 2021
3

I'm not sure about him, his sound is a lot of times too mellow or soft, but then some songs from other albums are amazing. Especially if he does them with clear Venezuelan folkloric influences, like Quédate Luna. Maybe after a couple of more listens some songs will shine

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Thu May 13 2021
3

3/5 not my thing

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Mon May 24 2021
3

Nice easy folksy music…not sure why it is included on the list as it doesn’t seem noteworthy

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Fri Jun 04 2021
3

Wish I could give it a 3.5.... its just not quite a 4 to me. Nice and chill album

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Fri Jun 18 2021
3

It hit on the same notes as someone like Kimya for me, but it wasn’t quite the same or as impactful

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Sat May 29 2021
3

Decent album with some nice guitar.

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Wed Jul 28 2021
3

Mi trovo in difficoltà, inizialmente l'impressione è stata buona e lo stile mi è piaciuto, poi però mi è un pò pesata l'idea di ascoltare un disco tutto così acustico e praticamente usando solo chitarra e voce, infatti alla fine ho faticato. Apprezzo le sue doti sia di scrittura che canore ma manca un pò di sostanza per fare il salto. Lo considero comunque un 3.5 tendete al 3.

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Tue Aug 10 2021
3

3.7 - Reminds me of all things hipster: selvedge denim, striking facial hair, work aprons, tattoos of octopi, industrial lighting, growlers of IPA. Soothing, tender, well crafted. You remember the voice and the vibe but the songs are forgettable.

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Wed Aug 11 2021
3

Cool weird folk! I feel like I'd pick up the standout songs like a sight to behold for playlists and leave the rest behind.

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Tue Aug 24 2021
3

Sparse and in the folk introspective tradition of Nick Drake and John Martyn

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Sun Sep 12 2021
3

If I could rate it a 3.5 I would, it was a lot better than I thought it was. Sad vibes, but a vibe for sure

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Thu Oct 07 2021
3

7,0/10 Muito bom

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Sun Oct 10 2021
3

3,5 ilk birkac sarkidan sonra istenen verim alinamadi malesf

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Thu Oct 14 2021
3

I knew of "The Body Breaks" which I liked, but overall started it's alright. Interesting cadence and I like the folksy guitar, but nothing that made me want to listen again.

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Thu Oct 14 2021
3

I like this for about 3 tracks or so. I can see how some individual tracks could be used really effectively on a soundtrack or something but an entire album kinda wears out it's welcome with me.

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Thu Oct 14 2021
3

This is alright, generally there are a couple songs per album that I really like by Devendra, and the rest are a bit boring. This one perhaps slightly better than that. At times it feels like he's saying strange things just to be strange which irritates me. Could be convinced that this album is better, but middle of the road for me.

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Fri Oct 29 2021
3

Fav songs: - A Sight to Behold - This Beard Is for Siobhan

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Wed Nov 24 2021
3

Amazing guitar but not much else to lobe about this album. Sound got old quick. Lyrics were odd. Nothing too exciting

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Thu Dec 02 2021
3

Rather delightful, folksy acoustic guitar and coo-coo singing, minimal 4-track arrangements. Restful, nostalgic, comforting.

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Fri Dec 03 2021
3

This album triggers the olfactory memory of patchouli oil and B.O. wafting from Devendra's fans. This probably isn't a bad album just not just me for me. Autumn's Child is a beautiful way to end the thing

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Thu Dec 16 2021
3

Mixed feelings on this one. It was interesting, pleasant to listen to for the most part, but I also found it a bit dull. At its best parts it reminded me of Donovan. 3 stars.

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Wed Dec 22 2021
3

Extremely pleasant background music. Crank it all the way to 4 in your local bistro.

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Wed Dec 22 2021
3

I enjoyed listening to this it made me think I was on a crusty canal boat on the murky sulpur canals of vuleeian in the outer gas lands of Saturn. Alien type crusty boat dwellers and I would gather round small sulphur fires toasting yang-o- Tuuts discussing a simpler life and our disenchantment with capitalism. And like this album as intriguing as that was it got a little staid after a while, some of the noise granted but overall it was pleasant.

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Wed Dec 22 2021
3

Leuk dat ik dit nu ken. Ergens in de verte moest ik aan Alt-J denken.

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Wed Dec 22 2021
3

Nog nooit van de beste man gehoord maar dat viel best goed eigenlijk!

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Wed Dec 22 2021
3

Dit klonk wel aardig, maar ging ook enigszins aan mij voorbij.

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Thu Jan 06 2022
3

Only listened to half of it. It started to grow on my a few songs in, but overall its not really my cup of tea. Too.... spoken word and "hipster-folk"-ey.

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Fri Jan 14 2022
3

1/12/22

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Fri Jan 28 2022
3

Cute, some nice tracks on here

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Wed Feb 09 2022
3

Great relax and coffee house music, good for working, cleaning, and reading 3/5

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Wed Feb 09 2022
3

Now let's have another glass of wine 🍷. Listened on my walk to work and really enjoyed it.

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Sun Feb 20 2022
3

Enjoyable

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Sun Feb 20 2022
3

I am not familiar with DEVENDRA BANHART and his third album REJOICING IN THE HANDS OF THE GOLDEN EMPRESS. Never even heard of him. After listening to REJOICING IN THE HANDS OF THE GOLDEN EMPRESS, this album is okay, I am surprised to find it listed in 1001 Albums, it really does belong here. In 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, with DEVENDRA BANHART - REJOICING IN THE HANDS OF THE GOLDEN EMPRESS, this is the only album listed. Rate Artist: DEVENDRA BANHART (3.0) Rate Album (Year): REJOICING IN THE HANDS OF THE GOLDEN EMPRESS (US 2004 Original) (3.5) Ranking of DEVENDRA BANHART - REJOICING IN THE HANDS OF THE GOLDEN EMPRESS songs No. Title Length Ranking 1. "This Is the Way" 2:53 08.0/10 2. "A Sight to Behold" 2:26 08.0/10 3. "The Body Breaks" 2:43 10.0/10 4. "Poughkeepsie" 2:17 06.0/10 5. "Dogs They Make Up the Dark" 1:20 08.0/10 6. "Will Is My Friend" 3:04 08.0/10 7. "This Beard Is for Siobhán" 2:36 06.0/10 8. "See Saw" 3:22 08.0/10 9. "Tit Smoking in the Temple of Artesan Mimicry" 1:25 05.0/10 10. "Rejoicing in the Hands" 1:41 10.0/10 11. "Fall" 2:53 08.0/10 12. "Todos los Dolores" 2:30 08.0/10 13. "When the Sun Shone on Vetiver" 3:34 06.0/10 14. "There Was Sun" 1:31 08.0/10 15. "Insect Eyes" 5:08 06.0/10 16. "Autumn's Child" 2:40 08.0/10 US 2004 Original Release 121.0/160 = 7.56 / 2 = 3.78

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Thu Mar 03 2022
3

Its pretty but it drags. Michael Gira from swans produced it. Vashti Bunyan featured on it. He stood on the shoulders of giants and its aight.

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Wed Mar 23 2022
3

Its OK, some interesting bits in there

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Fri Mar 25 2022
3

Folky but in a strange way.

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Wed Mar 30 2022
3

Not bad. Definitely worth another listen.

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Wed Apr 06 2022
3

Mjög kósí plata, lágstemmd og notaleg.

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Sun Apr 10 2022
3

Je trouve comme mon camarade d'écoute robclairière que la ressemblance entre Devandra Bahnhof et Steve Savidan est frappante. J'ai notamment été très troublé par le ciseau acrobatique lancé par Devandra, qui ira trouver le fond des filets, similaire en tout point à celui inscrit par Steve Savidan dans les années 2000 (qui avait enflammé le Stade Malherbe de Caen on le rapelle)

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Sun Apr 10 2022
3

Un album minimaliste pour Devendra, le chanteur se contentant de simples passes latérales et de plats du pied « sécurité ».

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Wed Apr 27 2022
3

This is a very interesting album. Acoustic style eclectic music all throughout. I'm not sure this is for me, but it does pique the ol brain.

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Thu May 05 2022
3

I don't love the vocals, but it is very much in keeping with the style of the genre. Songs are nice, I quite liked them. The earlier songs in the album were much better than the later ones - it ended up feeling like a dragged out collection 3/5

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Wed May 11 2022
3

Meh

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Wed May 11 2022
3

Another sad lyricist. Good but not great.

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Thu May 12 2022
3

I enjoy the intense finger-picking moments very much, some great guitar playing on this album. Not crazy about the vocal performance. I understand that the shaky vocals are adding to the overall image of the album, but it's a bit jarring for me. Kind of ruins it if I'm being honest. Guitar-playing = 5/5 Vocals = 1.5/5 Fave tracks: This is the Way, Tit Smoking in the Temple of Artesan Mimicry

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Wed Jun 01 2022
3

It's funny that sometimes, you can look at an album cover - not knowing the artist or what the album will remotely be like and just pick the style of music that it will contain. Devendra Banhart's Rejoicing In The Hands definitely fits the bill for this. Overall the slow indie/folk vibe seems to be alright for popping on in the background, or would fit seamlessly into countless indie movies/TV shows from the early/mid 00s. Best: Insect Eyes Worst: When the Sun Shone on Vetiver

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Wed Jun 08 2022
3

Wel mooi maar beetje slappe singer songwriter gedoe

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Sun Jun 19 2022
3

I respect albums like this, clear personal statements. Most folk on the list is either pop-oriented or very clearly part of a tradition; This is neither unless you look at hippiedom as the latter. Many tunes seem cut short, but Insect Eyes proves he can do multi-part work. It's charming, but I'm bearish on that fact. Folksy and charming, but lacking folksy charm, y'know?

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Sun Jun 19 2022
3

A beautiful album just not sure it's for me. High level songwriting, sweet melodies. Will play this more than once and see where it leads me. 3.5 🌟

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Mon Jun 20 2022
3

Gut, aber trifft nicht genau meinen Songwriter-Geschmack

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Fri Jun 24 2022
3

Standout Track: When the Sun Shone on Vetiver

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Mon Jun 27 2022
3

A really lovely vibe, was just what was needed for a Sunday family board game soundtrack

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Mon Jun 27 2022
3

Thanks Devendra, I'd only ever really heard the 'come out a crab cake' song before this.

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Fri Jul 22 2022
3

Mostly decent. Becomes a bit boring after a while. A generous 3

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Fri Jul 22 2022
3

A really nice album. Found it to be quite interesting. High 3 star.

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Fri Jul 22 2022
3

Poor man's Marc Bolan. His middle name Obi takes after Obi-Wan Kenobi 😂

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Fri Jul 22 2022
3

Very interesting and different than what I expected. Probably won’t listen again but I’ll remember the uniqueness of it.

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Thu Aug 04 2022
3

Really like it. I would like to hear this again soon! 3/5

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Thu Aug 04 2022
3

I like the tone of this album. I like the singer/songwriter with the guitar picking lovely and inventive sequences of notes. The quivering voice is a little hard to get used to. I know who some of Devendra's inspirations are and I would like him better if he were to follow more in their footsteps, delving deeper into the philosophical and life's hidden mysterious things. I enjoyed the album though, it was a pleasant surprise. I will listen to the song Rejoicing In The Hands again, it was good!

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Wed Aug 17 2022
3

A nice listen. Not the liveliest of albums and some of the tracks sound just like the rest, with the standout tracks being at the very beginning and end of the album. A new artist to me, recognised one of the songs from the movie Eagle vs Shark, and will give him a try again

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Sun Sep 25 2022
3

No guts, no glory.

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Fri Sep 30 2022
3

I can see why you might pick this album to be on the list. Maybe if I listened to it a million times when I was younger it would resonate with me. But on a first listen now it seems mediocre. I may listen to it more and see if grows on me. and maybe not...

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Wed Oct 05 2022
3

Typical of the indie folk thing that was going around at the time. I'm not sure this is the best representative of the genre. Best track: Todo (sic) Los Dolores

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Wed Oct 05 2022
3

Clima bom pelo acústico bem executado.

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Mon Oct 10 2022
3

3.5/5

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Thu Oct 13 2022
3

Enjoyed way more than expected initially but I have to say: this record is totally a gamble. Some songs are good but some others are real stinkers. It certainly starts strong but falters later. First Listen?: Y Fav. Track(s): A Sight To Behold, Will Is My Friend, This Beard Is For Siobhan Rating: 3/5

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Fri Oct 14 2022
3

favourite song: this is the way least favourtie song: poughkeepsie started really well but dropped off in qualoty quickly

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Sun Oct 30 2022
3

Actually quite good - little bits were very T-Rex glam singer-songwriter guitar rock. Easy listening. Pleasnt, lyrical. Dipped at points but basically good

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Mon Oct 31 2022
3

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Mon Oct 31 2022
3

As someone who likes listening to music whilst I flick grapes into the open minge of my obese wife, I can confidently say that Devendra Banhart improves the experience tenfold. She came in under seven minutes. A new record for us.

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Mon Oct 31 2022
3

good grade of odd job. brings something a bit different to the 'man with acoustic guitar' genre which is fairly difficult thing to achieve. the standard feeling when you hear some fella with an acoustic guitar is to ask 'shall we go somewhere else?' however we all know 'Fell just like a child' ist the only devendra banhart track worth listening to and its not on this album.

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Fri Nov 04 2022
3

Alright folk album, weird lyrics, ok vibes

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Mon Nov 21 2022
3

This is fine ‘I’m a quirky guy with a small guitar singing about whatever’ not sure why it is here?

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Sun Nov 27 2022
3

Fine folk thing

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Thu May 13 2021
2

Too much of the same whimsical acoustic guitar noodling. And 45 minutes of that ridiculous vocal..... nah!!

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Tue Jun 01 2021
2

Not for me. Guitar was really good, but the voice is just not my style. Some really weird moments in this album, too.

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Fri Sep 18 2020
2

Very generic. not special. don't mind acoustic guitars but this was not my jam

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Tue Mar 02 2021
2

This didn't appeal to me, as a genre. Some lyrics are quite nice tho

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Wed Feb 03 2021
2

I had never heard of this artist. Interesting music style. But at the end of the album I had heard more then enough of him.

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Sat May 22 2021
2

Lo fi. Lo enjoyment.

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Wed Jul 14 2021
2

Hmm. Not my thang.

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Tue Apr 27 2021
2

Pretty mellow though it occasionally takes some weird/quirky turns. I am generally easy to onboard with some alternative/folk, but i'm not a big fan of the delivery/style here.

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Fri Feb 26 2021
2

Shakey Jakey

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Sun Jan 24 2021
2

Kinda derivative folk.

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Mon May 03 2021
2

It is simple which makes sense because of the folk genre but I don't see what is special about this album

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Tue Apr 27 2021
2

The more I listen to it, the more I like it. Just wish that I had some psilocybin to make the process complete.

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Thu Apr 22 2021
2

did not listen

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Sun Feb 21 2021
2

While not my favourite style of music I do give an approving nod to the complexities and the beautiful sounds of acoustic guitar finger picking & slides these songs are full of. The album though, is too mellow for me. I just won’t want to sit and actively listen anymore than is needed for me to perform this review. 2 Stars

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Thu Feb 18 2021
2

meh. I wanted to like this more than i did.

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Wed Apr 14 2021
2

Interesting album very easy listening excellent guitar skills but not my cup of tea

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Sun Mar 14 2021
2

Bit samey, tunes aren't bad but the voice is a bit annoying.

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Fri May 21 2021
2

I feel like Devandra Banhart is kind of like best-case-scenario for open mic night at the gulf island coffee shop. His vaudeville, psych folk instincts are in turns brilliant and grating. The free-association wordplay is more often pretentious than deep or insightful. I can definitely appreciate him in smaller doses, but the results here are really mixed to my ear. Favourite song: "Todos Los Dolores"

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Fri May 21 2021
2

I can appreciate what Banhart is doing on this record, as you can hear the traditional folk influences of Cohen and Jansch, but unfortunately the individual parts don't seem to add up to much. The lyrics seem a little nonsensical, and not in a charming way, but more in a overtly obtuse way. Feels like he's messing around at times without a full vision of what he wants to do, like scraps of paper in a journal. Fav Tracks: N/A

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Mon Jun 28 2021
2

Lovely guitar picking. Some good indie/folk tunes. Not keen on his voice.

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Mon Apr 19 2021
2

oh putain du folk je vais pas aimer fav : insect eyes ?

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