Mala (LP)


Devendra Banhart

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Amoeba Review

03/11/2013

Though Devendra Banhart coos “get on the dancefloor” on the brief opener “Golden Girls” of his eighth album, Mala, the album is a more subdued affair than some of his previous work, preferring summery acoustic strums and hushed vocals. What cuts through on Mala are his lyrics and melodies. On “Your Fine Petting Duck,” a light, ’50s pop arrangement is undercut by atonal female vocals and Banhart’s self-deprecating diatribes (“If he ever treats you bad/Please remember how much worse I treated you”). He’s certainly toned down the vocal tics that made him come off like Marc Bolan’s long-lost son on albums like Rejoicing the Hands, instead relegating them to subtle coloring on songs like the lovely, electro-tinged “Für Hildegard Von Bingen.” Banhart’s focus seems to be on making an emotional impression, either through his lyrics or gorgeous arrangements — “Never Seen Such Good Things” has such a warm, good-times vibe to its beachside folk that you almost miss how elegantly put together the song is, starting with a skittering two-chord verse and moving into a beautifully layered chorus that makes the most of swimming electronics and reverbed guitar without overdoing anything. Mala is occasionally too subtle for its own good, and you miss some of Banhart’s antics. But he hasn’t totally mellowed with age, delivering some of his trademark strange vocals on album closer “Taurobolium” that waver in competition to oscillating synths in the background. Banhart sings that there’s “so much desire left in me,” and you’re left wanting to listen to Mala all over again to experience its warmth and catch its nuances.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Golden Girls
Devendra Banhart 01:35
2.
Daniel
Devendra Banhart 03:05
3.
Für Hildegard von Bingen
Devendra Banhart 02:35
4.
Never Seen Such Good Things
Devendra Banhart 03:13
5.
Mi Negrita
Devendra Banhart 03:24
6.
Your Fine Petting Duck
Devendra Banhart 05:46
7.
The Ballad Of Keenan Milton
Devendra Banhart 02:12
8.
A Gain
Devendra Banhart 01:35
9.
Won't You Come Over
Devendra Banhart 03:35
10.
Cristobal Risquez
Devendra Banhart 02:28
11.
Hatchet Wound
Devendra Banhart 03:08
12.
Mala
Devendra Banhart 01:08
13.
Won't You Come Home
Devendra Banhart 03:31
14.
Taurobolium
Devendra Banhart 03:16

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