Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon CD (2007)

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Product Overview


Label Xl Recordings/beggars Group
SKU 205604582
UPC 634904026820
UPC 14 00634904026820
Format CD
Release Date 9/25/2007
Author Devendra Banhart
Technical Info
Engineer Noah Georgeson; Beau Raymond; Maggie O'Brien; Alex Pavlides; Noah Georgeson
Producer Devendra Banhart; Noah Georgeson; Noah Georgeson; Devendra Banhart
CatalogID 40268
Lable Name XL
Released 09/25/2007
Original Release 2007
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 71m : 39s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00634904026820
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Devendra Banhart (vocals, guitar, cuatro, psaltery, ukulele, piano, percussion); Devendra Banhart; Noah Georgeson (vocals, guitar, bandora, charango, piano, organ, Wurlitzer organ, percussion); Rodrigo Amarante (vocals, guitar, melodica, bass guitar, percussion); Pete Newsom (vocals, piano, organ, Wurlitzer organ, drums, percussion); Gregory Rogove (vocals, drums, tabla, percussion); Aram Goldberg, Sarah Foster, Erin Turnmire, Beau Raymond, Gio Cianci, Maggie O'Brien, Mona Lisay, Elliot Roberts, Monalisa Young (vocals); Section Quartet (strings); Amy Tatum (alto flute); Members Of Madeline Flash (horns); Benjamin Oak Goodman (drums); Pete News Om, Greg Rogo Ve (drum set); Luckey Remington (vocals, acoustic guitar, percussion); Andy Cabic (vocals, acoustic guitar); Matteah Baim, Gael Garc¡a Bernal, Julia Waters, Linda Perhacs, Maxine Willard Waters, Vashti Bunyan (vocals); Chris Robinson (charango); Eric Gorfain, Daphne Chen (violin); Leah Katz (viola); Richard Dodd (cello); Lauren Dukoff (flute); Mike Davis (trumpet, flugelhorn); Noah Gladsone (trombone); Otto Hauser (drums); Nathan Pelkey (kalimba).
Audio Mixers: Devendra Banhart; Noah Georgeson.
Recording information: California.
Photographer: Lauren Dukoff.
Like its predecessor CRIPPLE CROW, SMOKEY ROLLS DOWN THUNDER CANYON finds freak-folk figurehead Devendra Banhart expanding his musical palette to new heights of eclecticism. Acoustic folk, augmented by stream-of-consciousness lyrics and Banhart's seductive quaver, is still the main ingredient on this collection of tunes, but an assortment of styles--including samba, klezmer, music hall, gospel, soul, jazz, rock, and pop balladry--make their way into the mix.
At first listen, Banhart's intensely willful variety might seem distracting, and at times the album does bite off more than it can chew. On the whole, however, SMOKEY is unified in tone. Recorded in Banhart's Topanga Canyon studio in the hills of Santa Monica, home of historic recording sessions by Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, and other icons of folk-rock, SMOKEY floats with the hazy feel of early 1970s California, especially on shimmering acoustic gems ("Seaside") or tunes that draw on gospel and country ("Saved").
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.71) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[H]ere his music has a renewed sense of wide-open space....His lyrics are just clouds passing through the sky, and his melodies are trees to climb."
Rolling Stone (p.111) - Included in Rolling Stone's "50 Top Albums of the Year 2007".
Spin (p.108) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Hushed, delicate ballads like 'Cristobal' and 'So Long Old Bean' sound like nobody else..."
Entertainment Weekly (p.106) - "[A] sprawling collection of psych-rock gems, sweet Spanish ditties, and ambitious sonic experiments." -- Grade: B
Q (p.104) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "'So Long Old Bean' quivers like prime English psychedelia and Freely is a luminous pastoral ballad..."
Uncut (p.80) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "SMOKEY...introduces a more complex Banhart....'Freely' is as good a song as he's ever written, actually -- a musically mature relative of 'Heard Somebody Say' from CRIPPLE CROW."
Alternative Press (p.174) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "'Saved' is full-on gospel; 'Lover' sounds like disco as John Lennon would have understood it; and 'Tonada Yanomamonista' rocks like the Doors as produced by Ennio Morricone."
Magnet (p.91) - "Banhart still spins the type of delicate, fragile folk that captivated us in the first place, though now he's more likely to layer psychedelic atmospherics or link it to Tropicalia."
No Depression (p.95) - "[I]t comes across as a thoroughly envisioned and executed work, maybe even a classic."
Disc 1
1 Cristobal - (Spanish)
2 So Long Old Bean
3 Samba Vexillographica - (Spanish)
4 Sea Horse
5 Bad Girl
6 Sea Side
7 Shabop Shalom
8 Tonada Yanomaminista
9 Rosa - (Portuguese)
10 Saved
11 Lover
12 Carmensita - (Spanish)
13 Other Woman, The
14 Freely
15 I Remember
16 My Dearest Friend
Product Attributes
Artist Banhart,Devendra
Label Xl Recordings/beggars Group
Music Format Compact Disc
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