October 23, 2009 at 04:00 AM EDT

What Will We Be

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Devendra Banhart
Genre
Rock
We gave it a B+

Clearly, signing to a major label for What Will We Be hasn’t made Devendra Banhart any more mainstream. And you can thank your lucky Buddhist prayer beads for that, because this psych-folk rambler finds our bearded, be-sandaled hero more energized then ever, snake-dancing his way through wild, Lizard King blues (”Rats”), goofing on glam-rock grandstanding (”16th and Valencia, Roxy Music”), and just letting his thoughts grow, as he puts it, like ”hairs on a wild, wild boar.” Maybe he’s listening a little too closely to his spirit animal, but either way, the guy sure sounds inspired. B+

DOWNLOAD THIS: ”16th and Valencia, Roxy Music”

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