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    Devendra Banhard “Rejoice in the Hands” [Young God]

    A minstrel’s ministrations. The second “full” length release
    (16 more songs were held back for a release later this year)
    from this vagabond troubadour. His warped and wavery delivery
    channel Tiny Tim and Al Jolson as much as Syd Barret. On a
    few tracks he’s augmented by assistance, but it is mostly
    his bubbly nylon-string guitar and his breath-taken voice.
    Recorded somewhere behind his teeth, you can hear his lips’
    soft smack and his tongue coiling around his brainstem. The
    move from four-track to Jimmy Johnson’s home studio cost
    no intimacy, which is Banhart’s calling card. Pop quiz,
    who has heard of Vashti Bunyan? Not only did this UK pop
    singer have an effect on Devendra growing up, he had the
    grace to invite her to join him on the title track. Her
    path, thorny ejections from art school and the celebrity
    machine likely serve as inspiration to Banhart to stick
    with the path he knows so well. Past the cornfields and
    the grooves of citrus fruit that dot the landscape here,
    not looking at photos or mirrors, but probing his body
    and mind with his own grubby fingers. #9 instro, #12 has
    a false start. A jagged, jangly jongleur.

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on January 25, 2005 at 1:38 am
  • Filed as A Library,CD,Format
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