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Named the #1 'Unsigned Band in America' by CMJ NMR, DeVotchKa's third full length 'How It Ends' showcases the Denver band's unique sound- a blend of Eastern European, Southwestern, & wholly otherworldly arrangements, which are impossible to define in time or space. Produced by Craig Shumacher, (Calexico, Giant Sand, Evan Dando) 'How It Ends' is filled with mournful ballads & aggressive instrumentals-- built with violin, upright bass, guitar, trumpets, piano, theremin & odd percussion. DeVotchKa & their unique sound have drawn comparisons to like-minded peers Calexico, 16 Horsepower, & Bright Eyes.

1. You Love Me
2. The Enemy Guns
3. No One Is Watching
4. Twenty-Six Temptations
5. How It Ends
6. Charlotte Mittnacht (The Fabulous Destiny Of...)
7. We're Leaving
8. Dearly Departed
9. Such A Lovely Thing
10. Too Tired
11. Viens Avec Moi
12. This Place Is Haunted
13. Lunnaya Pogonka
14. Reprise

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 5, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cicero Recordings
  • ASIN: B0002Y4SVG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,497 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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For more than a decade, DeVotchKa has melded its influences – from Eastern European wedding bands to Norteno ballads – into an authentic and totally original blend of popular music. With the release of the band's fifth album, 100 Lovers (Anti-, February 2011), the band returns to the epic settings of the Arizona desert with producer Craig Schumacher (Calexico, Neko Case) to ... Read more in Amazon's Devotchka Store

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NPR considers "Dearly Departed" to be one of the 20 best songs of 2004.
M. C. Lewis
And "How it Ends" is the haunting song being used in the trailer for the movie "Everything is Illuminated."
Steve S.
What can I say... Devotchka is a very versitile band and is an awesome change from your everyday listening.
Troy Brilhante

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By JeFF Stumpo on March 27, 2008
Format: Audio CD
For me, How It Ends is a somewhat uneven album - I'll specifically note which songs I like and don't like below - but I find myself listening to the pieces I do like over and over (and over).

The album starts off a bit iffy for me. "You Love Me" is forgettable. I don't hate it, it's just not particularly better or worse than any other song I'd hear on the radio.

"The Enemy Guns" signals a change in pace and style and message, and it is a welcome one. There's a visceral energy here that got me to keep listening.

"No One Is Watching" is a 28-second instrumental, which would suggest to me a transition track, but it doesn't match up with the prior or next tracks in any way, shape, or form. It's an interesting sound, but is too short to "get into" and doesn't get us from A to B. Throwaway track.

"Twenty-Six Temptations" is the first track that made me think there was something imaginative happening on the album. A bassline produced by tuba? A high, haunting voice over a latin rhythm? It's a song that made me work to understand it. That's a rare thing, and appreciated here.

"How It Ends" is beautiful - sparse and repetitive in a proper way, excellent use of crescendo just after the chorus, sad. Another keeper. It also follows "Twenty-Six Temptations" in a good way, thematically.

"Charlotte Mittnacht (The Fabulous Destiny of...)" is a wonderful instrumental piece. Whereas "No One Is Watching" just sort of sticks out, "Charlotte Mittnacht" acts, for me, as a surreal followup to "How It Ends" as well as developing in its own right. Can you have trance music without the thumping electronica? Trance polka? Because this is a polka, but polka as conceived by someone living inside the painting Starry Night.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Brian J on March 7, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Devotchka is a band that really hit me sideways and im still reeling. I discovered the band through thier hauntingly fantastic song "How it Ends" which is featured the trailer of the movie "Everything is Illuminated." I had listened to the single for a few months and then decided to research the band, expecting to find a one hit wonder that couldnt live up to "How it ends". I couldnt have been more wrong. Song after song is brilliantly written, and sounds like nothing else you have ever heard.

And to the two star review on here. You gripe is that you like Gogol and not this band, and say its becuase this band wasnt that lively. Devotchka IS NOT a Punk band. Not only are they not a Punk Band, but they are not this Yellow Card, Simple Plan, Fallout Boy trash. This is a band that has lyrics that are written as smoothly and interestingly as classics John Lennon, Bob Dylan, and others. The music carries the wind of marachi music, with russian music that mixes in a beautiful Way.

Get this album and become hooked.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sandy B Ande on October 24, 2006
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I can't stop listening to my DeVotchKa CDs. Over and over. Because something new has to be devoured, not sampled, right? Anyway, I can't get over how pretty their songs are. They use so many different instruments, they're like a rock orchestra that's traveled around the globe and taken samples from music everywhere. Listening to it is like being transported. It's magical. The lyrics are poetic, sometimes so sweet you wanna cry and sometimes so sad you wanna cry. And Nick Urata's voice is one of my favorites now. It's almost operatic at times, dramatic, romantic, and like an old lover calling you home. The music is very cinematic for sure - grand and gorgeous. I'm so glad to have seen Miss Sunshine - not only because it's such a great film, but because I would never have known of DeVotchKa. And they have brightened my world. Even the sad songs are hopeful in sound if not in lyric, and I just feel uplifted after hearing them.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Dennis on October 5, 2004
Format: Audio CD
While not a complete departure from their previous album, "Una Volta," "How It Ends" certainly has a different feel. It has an almost orchestral feel, though it is performed primarily by the band's four members. It feels like the band wrote this album as though it should always be played in a great concert hall, as the grandiose sound seems too big for a bar or rock dive. DeVotchKa have done a great thing in branching out further and not simply retracing the paths they have already walked. Certainly a band that deserves continued attention.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Sanders on December 29, 2004
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How It Ends is the best popular music album of 2004, by far. Fine songs (although you have to have some tolerance for sweetness, both in melody and lyrics), professional playing, unique instruments, strong lead vocals and a seemless integration of various folk styles with classic pop structure--it is wholly unlike anything else you will hear this year. Wait and see, this will show up on a lot of year-end best lists, especially on public and independent radio, where it's been getting a lot of play. For perspective, my other favorites this year were Fiery Furnaces, Animal Collective, Arcade Fire and the Walkmen.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gannon Murphy on January 11, 2007
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One source describes DeVotchKa as "a four piece multi-instrumental and vocal ensemble that fuses Romani, Greek, Slavic, Bolero, and Mariachi music with American punk and folk roots." Personally, I can only describe their music as among the BEST I have ever heard. It is brooding at times, uplifting at others, always thoughtful, narratively lyrical (each song tells a sort of short story), and solidly melodic without ever being mawkish, phony, or fruity. Just good music.
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