REJOICING IN THE HANDS
BBC | by Matt Walton
Vinyl review (XL)The simplest things are often the most beautiful. Take the first LP from 23-year-old wandering minstrel Devendra Banhart, for example. A man with a cracked, haunting voice, hunched over what you suspect to be a battered guitar, singing folky, blues-stained melodies. Recorded by Lynn Bridges (who worked with Bob Dylan), Rejoicing In The Hands features only a limited number of other musical noises and vintage production, and that makes it all the more powerful. Occasionally whimsical, intermittently heartbroken, sometimes even daft, itâ€™s always honest, sincere and devoid of pretence. Joyous.