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What Will We Be (Limited Edition)

Devendra BanhartAudio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 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 (October 27, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B002OLV3KO
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,245 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Can't Help But Smiling
2. Angelika
3. Baby
4. Goin' Back
5. First Song For B
6. Last Song For B
7. Chin Chin & Muck Muck
8. 16th & Valencia Roxy Music
9. Rats
10. Maria Lionza
11. Brindo
12. Meet Me At Lookout Point
13. Walilamdzi
14. Foolin'

Editorial Reviews

What Will We Be has a sunny, breezy feel with performances that evoke warm, lazy afternoons spent with good friends. The album is dominated by powerfully melodic, mid-tempo numbers played with relaxed expertise. But there's also ambitious stylistic range displayed with the inclusion of evanescent ballads like 'Meet Me At the Lookout Point,' the epic riff-rocker 'Rats' sprightly R&B flavored groovers on 'Baby,' and the sultry Latin-flavored stunner 'Brindo,' the Roxy-inspired '16th & Valencia Roxy Music' among other pleasant surprises.

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Album from Devendra October 28, 2009
Format:Audio CD
I really enjoy Devendra and his albums. His last two albums, Cripple Crow and Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon, have been more clean and radio friendly than his earlier work (his earlier work is also great though). This album fits into the more radio friendly sound of Devendra (you'll still never hear it on the radio though). In fact, this may be Devendra's most polished or produced album yet. Despite this fact, in a weird way this album is a call back to some of his earlier work. I believe it feels that way because of the double tracked vocals. Even with the double tracked vocals though, it doesn't have the same experimental feel of his first work. This is a perfectly laid back album for relaxing. There are less up tempo numbers than on Smokey but the albums fits together very nicely as a whole. The album doesn't feel as grandeous as Smokey did. It defintly has a more intamit feel to it. I am not saying Smokey was grandeous in a bad way because I really enjoyed that album as well. What Will We Be just shows a different side of Devendra. If you are a Devendra fan, than you need to but this album. Whatever you want to label it, Freak Folk or whatever else, Devendra is in the top of his field.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This LP sounds AWESOME May 21, 2010
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
i WAS very impressed WITH the sound quality of THIS lp. The music on the album is a slight departure for Devendra, but that is to be expected, as one must change to grow. It's a little more rock-n-roll and a little less freaky folk. Still there's enough experimental musical inventions AND ODDNESS to satisfy your Devendracravings. ONE THING i have to say is that I WAS VERY IMPRESSED with the sound quality of this VINYL ALBUM. The sound was CLEAR, ringing in your ears, on your skin, in youR BRAIN EVEN. It sounded like they WERE RIGHT THERE IN MY DEN, playing just for me! Soothing, JarRINg, entrancingggggggg and PsYcHeDelIc... dreamy, and uNIQue... Yes, I recommend you buy it.

Of the two bonus tracks, one is a throw-away going-on-a-vacation jingo, sounds like a tv commercial... but the other... Mmmm... pfantastique! Dreamy, and psychedelic. Like having ice cream licked off your brain.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beardless Boy Does Good November 3, 2009
By HOOMER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I first saw Devendra Live in Brooklyn, just before his album came out on young God. Michael Gira was raving about him, and I had to hear him.... I deeply regret not seeing him many more times back in those early days...

I have really been a fan ever since that first time in Brooklyn, he sat there, bare footed on a table, on the stage...and just blew me away. I don't think I have ever enjoyed a Michael Gira support "group" ever so much as this one, although I do like Melissa Nadler.

So the album itself. I understand how Devendra has essentially evolved and grown. Devendra is one of those artists that does his own thing. Although I tend to think this is perhaps how Devendra always wanted to sound, or was building up and evolving to this point, consciously. One can only wonder what strange things David Tibet has exposed our Devendra too, I note Dev's Wiccan Tatoo.... and the thelemic imagery on the last album. Although Dev's music sounded too positive for anythign negative to have crept in.

The Album is then a logical conclusion. The first album "Oh me..." was afterall a demo tape he never thought would be released. So really his first album proper were the subsequent Nino Rojo and Rejoicing in the hands on Young God records.

So as noted the sound has been cleaned up, but this was hinted at on smokey rolls (Dev's previous album)but Smokey's major failure was that it was too long and there were far too many voices all chiming in at once...it was fun, but a mess, the sound of someone allowed to finally work in a group and explode onto plastic.

What will be conversly explores this more refined sound of Devendra without the clattering of too many voices. Indeed as Smokey was too long, this one leaves you wanting more...and more.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars one day at a time... November 8, 2009
By carlos
Format:Audio CD
This album was recorded in Mexico, and maybe that's why it has a subtle layer of mexican sounds in some of the songs. I think of Angelika and Can't help but smiling. But, really, this album is an example of anachronism. It has no space (it's from nowhere) and no time (it's the 70's (Rats), the '50s (Chin chin and muck muck), and the 60's ("Maria Lionza" could have been written by Simon & Garfunkel and we haven't noticed))

Another thing is you can't really place this album in any genre. Be it freak-folk, brasilian tropicalia revival, jazz or reggae. It is a collage of all of them.

4 stars, specially "Last song for B", "Foolin", "Walilamdzi" and "Brindo".
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5.0 out of 5 stars another gem March 21, 2011
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
as much as i always expect a let down sooner or later from artists i love, it still hasn't happened with devendra. in fact he breaks new ground on this album while still giving us that warm sound we love. being a vinyl junkie, i recommend getting the 2 LP version for all the richness that vinyl affords and it comes with 2 bonus tracks.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars His best album yet for non-freaks December 19, 2009
Format:Audio CD
This album was recorded on mostly analog equipment in a house on the Northern California coast. You can hear the intimacy of the creative space in the home-grown arrangements, the room acoustics, the casual performances. It's authentic, hand-made, contemporary folk music at its best.

To be frank, I have not been a big Devendra fan in the past. I heard his weirdo-vibrato as more a personality affectation than something that added to the musicality of his work. That weirdo-voice is pretty much absent from this recording. Not trying to be a hater, but thank you, Dev. Thank you for giving us instead an open-hearted peek into your world behind the rockstar eyeliner mask. The songs are personal, tender and treat worn-out themes in surprisingly fresh ways: lovers, partying in the city at night, personal growth. The album is now on my rotation, a difficult and welcome feat.
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