Cripple Crow
Devendra Banhart
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Label: XL
Duration: 1:24:06
Genre: Alternative

A grand, full-band excursion that occasionally strays many miles from the sparse freak-folk with which San Franciscan minstrel Devendra Banhart made his name. "Cripple Crow" dips its toes in Brazilian Tropicalia, 50s-tinged Spector-esque guitar pop, and hippy freak-out, and to its maker’s huge credit, comes out smelling of roses.
It could have all gone so wrong, but three Spanish-language tracks--including a cover of "Luna De Margarita" by one of Banhart’s heroes, Simon Diaz--feel natural and unforced, and the full-band feel adds a pleasing weight to the likes of "Long-Haired Child", all retro R&B strut and pedal-distorted guitar soloing. Banhart’s fascination with animal imagery carries over here to tracks like "Lazy Butterfly" and "Queen Bee", but it’s rather been superceded by a fascination for youth and childhood: "I Feel Just Like A Child" is a hymn to eternal youth, Banhart proclaiming that "From suckin’ on my mother’s breast, to when they lay my bones to rest, I’m a child", while the bizarre "Little Boys" finds him identifying "so many little boys I wanna marry" over a classic Stax-style ‘50s rock backdrop. An unusual, sometimes uncomfortable record, then – but a mischievous, adventurous, and essential one, too. --"Louis Pattison"

Now That I Know4:54
Santa Maria Da Feira
Heard Somebody Say3:21
Long Haired Child3:45
Lazy Butterfly4:00
Quedate Luna3:07
Queen Bee2:45
I Feel Just Like a Child
Some People Ride The Wave2:27
Cripple Crow5:59
Hey Mama Wolf3:53
Hows About Tellin' A Story
Chinese Children5:18
Sawkill River1:53
I Love That Man2:27
Luna De Margarita2:07
Korean Dogwood4:02
Little Boys5:21
Enhanced Concent
White Reggae Troll / Africa9:43
Original Release: 2005-09-13
Composer: Devendra Banhart, Simon Diaz
Producer: Thom Monahan, Devendra Banhart, Noah Georgeson, Andy Cabic
UPC: 634904019228