Rejoicing in the Hands

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Rejoicing in the Hands
Studio album by Devendra Banhart
Released April 24, 2004 (2004-04-24)
Recorded 2003
Genre Indie folk, psych folk, freak folk, Acoustic
Length 42:03
Label Young God
Producer Devendra Banhart, Michael Gira
Devendra Banhart chronology
The Black Babies
(2003)
Rejoicing in the Hands
(2004)
Niño Rojo
(2004)

Rejoicing in the Hands (full title Rejoicing in the Hands of the Golden Empress) is the third studio album from psych folk musician Devendra Banhart and the second full release for the label Young God. It was recorded during 2003 and was released on April 24, 2004.

The song "Insect Eyes" was featured in the teaser trailer for the 2007 horror film The Hills Have Eyes 2.[1] The song "The Body Breaks" was used in the 2007 film Eagle vs. Shark. The song "A Sight to Behold" was also used in a season 2 episode of "Sons of Anarchy".

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Tiny Mix Tapes 5/5 stars[3]
Drowned In Sound 10/10 stars[4]
Mojo 4/5 stars[5]
Splendid 4/5 stars[6]
Pitchfork Media (8.4/10)[7]

The album garnered critical acclaim upon release.[8] and is considered by many to be Banhart's best work[9] The music review online magazine Pitchfork Media placed Rejoicing in the Hands at number 193 on their list of top 200 albums of the 2000s.[10]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "This Is the Way" – 2:53
  2. "A Sight to Behold" – 2:26
  3. "The Body Breaks" – 2:43
  4. "Poughkeepsie" – 2:17
  5. "Dogs They Make Up the Dark" – 1:20
  6. "Will Is My Friend" – 3:04
  7. "This Beard Is for Siobhán" – 2:36
  8. "See Saw" – 3:22
  9. "Tit Smoking in the Temple of Artesan Mimicry" – 1:25
  10. "Rejoicing in the Hands" – 1:41
  11. "Fall" – 2:53
  12. "Todo Los Dolores" – 2:30
  13. "When the Sun Shone on Vetiver" – 3:34
  14. "There Was Sun" – 1:31
  15. "Insect Eyes" – 5:08
  16. "Autumn's Child" – 2:40

Personnel[edit]

  • Devendra Banhart – bass, guitar (acoustic, electric), piano, vocals, producer, drawing
  • Vashti Bunyan – vocals
  • Paul Cantelon – violin
  • Thor Harris – percussion, vibraphone
  • Julia Kent – cello
  • Joe McGinty – organ, piano
  • Steve Moses – percussion, drums
  • Michael Gira – producer
  • Jason LaFarge – engineer
  • Doug Henderson – mastering, mixing
  • Georgia Bridges – engineer
  • Lynn Bridges – engineer

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2004) Peak
position
Danish Albums Chart[11] 30
French Albums Chart[11] 157

References[edit]