Review of Devendra Banhart – Mala (Warner Music Canada)

DevendraLike Iron & Wine, singer-songwriter Devendra Banhart can travel many musical paths and sound at home in any one of them. Whether it be the gentle, soft-spoken nature of Daniel, the 50’s-infused Your Fine Petting Duck or proudly wearing his Venezuelan roots on his sleeve on Mi Negrita, Banhart can virtually do no wrong on Mala. It is adventurous but not overachieving, subtle yet speaks volumes on songs like Won’t You Come Home. Banhart’s refusal to surrender to one genre benefits the listener in the end.