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Devendra Banhart


Tenth studio album of alt indie folk from the Texas-born singer-songwriter/guitarist

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  1. 8.0 |   Uncut

    These 13 grooving and textural song-poems are his most focused work to date and, although loaded with meaning, Ma never feels heavy or burdensome. Print edition only

  2. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Groovy and moving, in all the right directions. Print edition only

  3. 8.0 |   Q

    Devendra Banhart's singular world remains as intoxicating as ever on the earthy, analogue-sounding Ma. Print edition only

  4. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Devendra Banhart's latest album, Ma, is a tender, beautiful meditation on the bonds that ties us together
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  5. 8.0 |   music OMH

    The muted, lo-fi quasi-psychedelia of his early work has largely been replaced by mellow, contented songs and while it may take a couple of plays to fully establish itself it’s very much worth investing time in
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  6. 7.5 |   Under The Radar

    Songs so effortless and pretty, they sooth and comfort
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  7. 7.3 |   Pitchfork

    On his most cohesive album in more than a decade, the re-energized songwriter imparts life lessons to the child he may never have
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  8. 7.2 |   Paste Magazine

    Even on a collection of highly structured songs with little room for improvisation, Banhart remains the distinctive artist he’s always been
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  9. 7.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Honeyed highlights compensate for less tight moments, paralleled with a ponderous, but temperate pace; translating into an elegant offering from Banhart, despite gratifying a teasing fondness for excess
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  10. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    Feels a bit like watching the sun slowly set: as it gently dips into the horizon, there are moments where the colours burst and excite, but mostly it's a careful and calm experience
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  11. 7.0 |   All Music

    While Ma isn't the most eclectic chapter of Banhart's work, it's an inspired and wide-reaching collection that goes all over the place without ever losing track of his restless creative vision
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  12. 6.0 |   American Songwriter

    He has shifted away from the quirky “freak folk” of his early years into something just as odd, even subversive, around its edges, but far more relaxed and enjoyable
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  13. 6.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    There are moments of undoubted loveliness on ‘Ma’ but he’s capable of delivering so much more than ‘nice’
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