We gave it an A-
Portugal. The Man’s fourth album, The Satanic Satanist, is ? perfect for summer: appealingly warm, even as they mine thematic turf in their hometown of Wasilla, Alaska. ?Combining Motown falsettos and the best of late-’60s groove rock with spacey loops and hipster-art-collective ?sing-alongs, they deliver a sound that’s friendly and familiar without being derivative; it’s a sort of retrofitted make-out van on a club crawl. And in John Baldwin Gourley, they’ve got a vocalist whose sweet, fully committed tenor instantly makes you believe in his songs of northern disillusionment. Palin who? A?
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