I've waited many years to see Devendra Banhart, but I must admit my interest has waned over the last couple years with the release of Cripple Crow and the various leaks of tracks from the upcoming album. And it was was with these competing feelings that I went to the Commodore last night wondering which way I'd come out......and I lasted about eight or nine songs and had to leave. It was crap. Why Devendra decided to move away from the sparse and exceptional style that exemplified his early works is beyond me. He's shifted from listening to the Basement Tapes to listening to Empire Burlesque. Forget freak folk, I felt I was at a block party on Commercial Dr. at points, with terrible derivative reggae rhythms and four dudes in pony tails providing unnecessary "oohs" with every chorus. Pass the dubage brah!..... Give me strength and a hippie club.
Makes me feel even better that I flipped my LP copy of "Oh Me Oh My" to buy Boris's Dronevil 2LP.