Devendra Banhart, Rejoicing in the Hands
Tracks Magazine | by Joe Gross
Totally hypnoticBanhart made an underground splash in 2002 with the nakedly surreal DIY collection Oh Me Oh Myâ€¦, his spare, untutored warbling both raw and deeply sophisticated. On Rejoicing, he ditches the Tiny Tim-isms and expands his sound. Moving from country to Celtic and back again, he turns Elvis song titles into glossolalia on â€œPoughkeepsie,â€ gets boozy on â€œThis Beard Is For Siobhanâ€ and discovers strings on â€œA Sight To Behold.â€ Folkart fetishists may be bummed, but Banhartâ€™s music is still totally hypnotic and, indeed, more powerful for the studio polishing.