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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars not at all disappointed,
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Transcendant!,
11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is in no way objective,
Hagerman's violin has never sounded better - King's drumming keeps every song together - Schroder's haunting bass line - Urata's voice wounds and heals in the same breath. How does this compare to previous albums? It's DeVotchKa as they continue to evolve, hard to classify - completely eclectic. There are elements of Supermelodrama present in "Exhaustible". "Bad Luck Heels" shares trumpets with "We're Leaving" and "Along the Way". Is there a "Queen of the Surface Streets"? A "Transliterator"? A "How it Ends"? Of course, but it'll be something completely subjective - something that speaks to you as the listener, not me. For me, right now, it's "All the Sand in all the Sea"...
Okay, after listening to the album 3 times now, I can say that there is a much heavier Latin influence on this record, perhaps due to guest performances by Mark Refrosco and members of Calexico. Without the liner notes, it's hard to know what songs they perform on, though. It's much more drum-driven than A Mad and Faithful Telling, but it's a welcome progression for the band. Far more than progressive rock, it's global in scope, with complex rhythms that defy categorization in one genre.
The standouts for me so far are "All the Sand..", "The Alley", "Exhaustible," "Bad Luck Heels" and "Sunshine".
Fans of Gogol Bordello, Calexico, Beirut and A Hawk and Hacksaw, should be pleased with DeVotchKa's new album.
13 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Creativity and Performance!,
This review is from: 100 Lovers (Audio CD)I came upon this by accident. I have never heard of Devotchka but happened to be in a book store one day where they were playing this CD. While I was browsing I kept getting images of the Beatles Sgt. Peppers (probably due to the heavy use of strings and backwards effects), as it progressed one song seemed to flow into the next and I was immediately taken. The voice and the lyrics were interesting and very identifiable. So I decided to buy a copy. I have listened to this CD about 4 times now and I really do find it very original and it has great depth. I am a very big progressive rock fan, a fan of bands like Porcupine Tree, Transatlantic, Dream Theater, Pink Floyd etc. And I found this to fit right in with my tastes. It doesn't necessarily sound the like hard core progressive rock but it does have overtones of music like Peter Gabriels, more universal sounding. A very, very good purchase and I recommend it if you like a more global progressive sound. Some interesting latin soundscapes are also included on the last couple of tracks. This CD is a refreshing surprise!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars devoted devotchke delighted,
This review is from: 100 Lovers (Audio CD)If you like different divergent sounds that come together in a surprising dawn like awakening/understanding then delve into this cd
4.0 out of 5 stars DeVotchKa continue their winning ways, also live,
This review is from: 100 Lovers (Audio CD)I recently saw DeVotchKa in concert again (more on that later), and ahead of that show I relistened to their most recent album.
"100 Lovers" (12 tracks; 45 min.) starts off with a gentle sounding "The Alley", which is followed by a hard-charging "All the Sand In All the Sea" (the guitar reverb reminded me of Interpol, of all things). "100 Other Lovers" and "The Common Good" cap off the first part of the album. After a short "Interlude 1", DeVotchKa dives into "The Man From San Sebastian", another highlight. The last section of the album is noticeably heavy on the Latino influences, check out "Bad Luck Heels" and even more so on "Ruthless" (which feels like it's sung in Spanish but it's not) and "Contrabanda". In all, this is quite the album, and DeVotchKa simply continue their winning ways.
I had seen DeVotchKa live once before when they played in a small venue here in Cincinnati during the tour in support of "A Mad and Faithful Feeling", and had the good fortune of seeing these guys again about a week ago when they played at the Bunbury music festival here in Cincinnati. The band brought a rousing set, playing mostly from these last 2 albums, including "All the Sand", "Common Ground" and "Contrabanda" from "100 Lovers" and "Along the Way" and Comrade Z" from "Faithful Feeling". Just outstanding. Do not miss these guys if you have a chance to see them live!
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprise of 2011,
4.0 out of 5 stars What a fun album.,
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome,
This review is from: 100 Lovers (Audio CD)Smooth and fun cd. After the first 5 songs they start to sound the same, but they are great.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music!,
This review is from: 100 Lovers (Audio CD)Excellent CD!! No matter what age, this group is awesome. My teenage son loves it. And I-at age 47- loves it!
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