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Oh Me Oh My...

Devendra BanhartAudio CD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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For his Nonesuch debut, Devendra Banhart chose the title Mala, literally the Serbian word for “small,” but used colloquially in Eastern Europe as a term of endearment—“like sweetie pie,” Banhart explains. It was a placeholder during most of the recording, a working title offhandedly inspired by a ring his fiancée, the Serbian photographer and artist Ana ... Read more in Amazon's Devendra Banhart Store

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  • Audio CD (November 12, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: YOUNG GOD
  • ASIN: B00006YXEG
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,585 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The first thing that strikes you about Devendra Banhart is his utterly unique and soft voice, which seems a mix of Nick Drake and Marc Bolan. "Roots (If the Sky Were a Stone)" is a perfect example of this, as Banhart uses his vocals and an acoustic guitar to get his brief yet often memorable points across. Originally recorded on shoddy and broken four-track recorders, the songs have a definitive roughness and audible hiss on nearly all of them, giving them a certain authenticity rarely found. Cars can be heard driving past in "The Charles C. Leary," but that performance is only one of the many highlights here. A number of the tracks are less than or just over one minute in length, often stream-of-conscious poetry put to music. The fragility heard in "Nice People" resembles Victoria Williams but evolves into a Syd Barrett song structure, speaking of "wide ass suits and lion tattoos." Barrett can be discerned throughout the record, especially during "Gentle Soul." "Cosmos and Demos" lends itself more toward Pink Floyd performing something from Echoes, perhaps the acoustic-oriented "Fearless." Lyrically the songs are quite odd and occasionally nonsensical, particularly "Michigan State." Here Banhart speaks of a friend who has his favorite teeth and ears. Perhaps comparisons could be drawn to Hawksley Workman and Hayden to a lesser extent, but Banhart makes both artists sound bland in comparison. "Lend Me Your Teeth" is the most mainstream-structured arrangement, with Banhart showing a bit more intensity. The standout track would have to be "Miss Cain," which has a pretty harmony vocal to it as Banhart picks his guitar in a rather intricate fashion. "Soon Is Good" is the most promising track, but the sound levels tend to fluctuate from verse to verse. An almost ethereal and angelic performance compensates for its shortcomings, though. A lot of the songs appear to be not fully realized, but perhaps that's the beauty of them. When tracks like "Pumpkin Seeds" are entirely flushed out, it's pure magic as the acoustic folk angle is played out to near perfection. "Legless Love" has a handclap tempo to it that resembles a flamenco style as Banhart describes burying songs in snails. Throughout the record, Banhart is never guilty of being artistic just for the sake of being artistic. Each track rings true and can't be deemed contrived. "Donal and Colter" is the most up-tempo song, but even then it's still mid-tempo at best. ~ Jason MacNeil, Rovi

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Oh Me Oh My"! It's Devendra July 3, 2003
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I'm not sure what to make of Devendra Banhart. He tiptoes on the margin between sublime and sheer lunacy. "Oh Me Oh My" is one of those rare CDs you put on, in an altered state, at 3 am in the morning, and like a bolt of lightining the genius of the artist strikes you. I listened to Skip Spence's "Oar" for several months before the elusive quality of his brilliance sank in. Devendra is a similar type of artist.
The production values are charmingly low-fi and the lyrics...well... let's just say if you find a meaning in the content of Banhart's lyrics, then you are capable of some very loose associations. A lot the lyrics resemble the stream of consciouness, automatic writting practiced by Andre Breton and his brethern in French surrealist movement. It is just a guy and his guitar and a voice that defies any precedents. No production tricks like crunchy loops or sound reprocessing. He soars and swoops from pleasant mid range voice into a screeching falsetto almost at a whim. He pays little attention to conventional musical structures. It's almost as if Mr. Banheart never heard music at all, or even knew what a guitar was; and some guy handed him a guitar and said,"Here, Devandra do something with this thing."
I will be interested in seeing where Devandra goes from here. Yesterday's low-fi genius, often becomes tomorrow's charlatan, after two or three releases. Is he a savant or an idiot? I'm sure we will get the answer in a year or two. Unconventional artists like Devandra don't have a lot of choices: they either melt down like Syd and Skip, or persue more centrist musical directions. A few artists like Beck and Captain Beefheart can pull it off, but smart money isn't betting on it yet.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sorry but... March 16, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I love Devendra Banhart. He is an amazing singer/songwriter and I'm very glad to see the folk scene expanding. However, this album isn't really that great. There are a few songs that are really good, though. Oh Me Oh My doesn't have the "pull" that Rejoicing in the Hands or Nino Rojo have. If you were wanting to check out Devendra Banhart for the first time, definately check out Rejoicing in the Hands or Nino Rojo first before you plunge right into this one. It takes an open mind and open hands ;)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eerie, effective, and otherworldly... April 24, 2003
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I had high expectations for this album based on the hype I'd read. Although Banhart at times does indeed reach for a bizarre falsetto, I thought it would be more obviously demented than it turned out to be, but after a while it worked its unusual magic on me. As has been previously mentioned here, there is little more at work here than an accoustic guitar, voice, and a basic four-track recorder. The vocals are multi-tracked most of the time, which because of their looseness gives the songs a very strange choral effect that actually gets to be quite chilling. The songs here are great, with bittersweet melodies that will stick in your head for days, and the lo-fi production only adds to the ethereal, unsettling vibe. And of course there are the odd interludes here and there which sound like old records being played through an ancient, crackling cable.
If I had to draw comparisons, I would definately cite Tiny Tim, the accoustic/folkish Current 93 material, and maybe Marc Bolan? In any case, I can say with a clear conscience that this would be right at home within the World Serpent roster.
Overall, this is spooky yet very charming; quite an implausible but intoxicating achievement that must be heard to be believed.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Overall Good Album February 28, 2003
Format:Audio CD
If you are a fan of Syd Barret's solo records or Skip Spence's Oar then this is for you. The Charles C. Leary is a very good song, as well as Animals. The whole album is refreshing. It is comforting to think that people are still capable of making this kind of music. This album is under produced but the songs make up for that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Surreal, Poetic New Folk Monsterpiece March 24, 2009
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The first Devendra and still the best. Skewed lyrics and melodies from a night of dreams you had a long time ago.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Part Nick Drake, Part tiny Tim,part Angel March 13, 2003
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This is one of the more unusual releses' I have heard in quite some time. On OH ME OH MY...Barnhart does not seem to be making a pretentious statement, rather stripped down, he's getting to the essence of his sound.Bare guitar chords, and a eeirly beautiful voice combine to make some of the more haunting sounds I have heard in quite some time. The Charles c leary is gorgeous,as is cosmos and Demos and a gentle soul.Other songs sing the praises of friends teeth and ears. many of the cuts are a minute or two in length,and the bare bones prduction sounds are intentional,and add to the overall effect, which ranges from soft to off the wall. If Devendra Barnhart can keep his voice and vision, this is the genesisof a great artist.Either way, this is a terrific album.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Devendra April 16, 2005
By bowtie
Format:Audio CD
Though it is nothing compared to Nino Rojo it does have some really great songs. "A Gentle Soul" is haunting beyond comparable words. It's like Devendra sang it in a different part of history or something much like his others. For anyone who wants to get into bare bones folk this is definitely a good starting point to venture from.
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