Rejoicing in the Hands
Big Takeover | Jack Rabid
A unique artist making some great and singular music.Banhartâ€™s previous CDs, the Oh Me Oh My LP and the Black Babies EP (U.K.) were recorded by the itinerant musician himself. They had a thin, scratchy sound and a tendency to early T. Rex trilling with an earnestness that almost felt Adam Sandler-esque. Now with his popularity growing, Banhart and his producer and label head Michael Gira of The Swans decided that rather than lo-fi, they should move on and make everything sound nice and fat. There are strings and horns and on some numbers a dark vibe reminiscent of The Swansâ€™ later work. Other songs have a light troubadour, almost Donovan feel, but Banhart seems more serious. Altogether a unique artist making some great and singular music.