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CD Review – Devendra Banhart

What Will We Be

Devendra Banhart has always been known as an innovative and strangly quirky artist who makes albums that can only be categorized as “different.” On his latest he makes it a little easier for critics like me to place his music. What Will We Be is a laid-back worldly version of a Jack Johnson album. This slickly produced album is something you can pop in and sip an icy cold beverage to. Highlights include “Chin Chin Muck Muck” and the slick opener “Can’t Help But Smile.” This is a good introductory album for anyone who is looking for something different. This is the bridge between Jack Johnson’s surf-pop and Banhart’s previous records which are more sprawling and less cohesive.

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