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Boomkat Product Review:
We're two years on from the over-long, inconsistent, often confoundingly whimsical Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon, and freak-folk's freakiest leading man Devendra Banhart returns with a brand new album, this time released via Warner Bros. rather than XL. It might be entirely unrelated, but moving to a major seems to coincide with a tightened focus for the notoriously rambling singer-songwriter. What Will We Be is trimmed to a relatively succinct fifty minutes, and while the eccentricities of his creative instincts have hardly been curbed for this occasion, there's a welcome lack of jokey, trifling excesses in the vein of the previous long-player's 'Shabop Shalom'. Instead, there's an underlying seriousness and craftsmanship at the heart of classic rockers like 'Goin' Back', 'Rats' and the superb '16th & Valencia, Roxy Music', while elsewhere you find a disarmingly sincere and earnest couplet in the shape of ballads 'First Song For B' and 'Last Song For B'. Even 'Baby', with all its "choo-choo train" and "bow-tied kangaroo" talk remains a solid, well put together romp in a vintage, early-seventies vein. One thing Banhart thankfully does carry over from prior efforts is his enthusiasm for all things tropicalia, and his channelling of Caetano Veloso (another recurrent Devendra theme) on the out-of-nowhere coda to 'Angelika' is one of the highlights here. These Latin-American influences carry over in a more subtle fashion to the likes of 'Maria Lionza', whose spectral West Coast sounds are like Fleet Foxes gone South for the winter. While Rejoicing In The Hands remains Banhart's most consistent and beguiling long-player to date, What Will We Be is a return to form which at the very least matches Cripple Crow's wending playlist, and reintroduces us to the idea that behind the beard Devendra is still an abundantly talented artist.