Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon

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Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon
Studio album by Devendra Banhart
Released September 25th, 2007
Genre Indie folk, psych folk, naturalismo, folk rock
Length 72:19
Label XL Recordings
Devendra Banhart chronology
Cripple Crow
(2005)
Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon
(2007)
What Will We Be
(2009)

Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon is a Devendra Banhart album released September 25, 2007. This album features more instrumentation than the previous records, as well as more genre experimentation. Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon was recorded in Topanga Canyon in Southern California and is dedicated to Alice Coltrane, Malachi Ritscher and Elliott Smith.

The majority of the merchandise sold on the US tour for the album was made in collaboration with Banhart by Adam Tullie and Angeline Rivas, who design the clothing line Cavern Collection.[1]

Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon reached #19 on Rolling Stone's list of the Top 50 Albums of 2007.[2] The song "Seahorse" is #69 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Best Songs of 2007.[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Cristobal" (with Gael García Bernal) - 4:30
  2. "So Long Old Bean" - 2:56
  3. "Samba Vexillographica" (with Chris Robinson of The Black Crowes) - 4:49
  4. "Seahorse" - 8:04
  5. "Bad Girl" - 4:48
  6. "Seaside" - 4:36
  7. "Shabop Shalom" (with Nick Valensi of The Strokes) - 4:38
  8. "Tonada Yanomaminista" - 2:56
  9. "Rosa" (with Rodrigo Amarante of Los Hermanos) - 5:08
  10. "Saved" - 5:33
  11. "Lover" - 3:43
  12. "Carmensita" (with Natalie Portman in the video) - 4:49
  13. "The Other Woman" - 3:49
  14. "Freely" (with Linda Perhacs)- 4:59
  15. "I Remember" - 4:25
  16. "My Dearest Friend" - 2:36 (w/ Vashti Bunyan)

Personnel[edit]

The current name of Banhart's band is Spiritual Bonerz[4] (the 'z' is silent), and the line-up consists of:

Additional Musicians

  • Mike Davis - Trumpet
  • Noah Gladstone - Trombone
  • Amy Tatum - Flutes, Tenor Saxophone

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [5]
NME 6/10 stars link
Pitchfork Media (6.5/10) link
Rockfeedback 3/5 stars link
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars link
Time Off 5/5 stars link
Tiny Mix Tapes 4.5/5 stars link
Twisted Ear 3/5 stars link
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Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ cavern || los angeles
  2. ^ ROBERT CHRISTGAU, DAVID FRICKE, CHRISTIAN HOARD, ROB SHEFFIELD (December 17, 2007). "The Top 50 Albums of 2007" Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2007-12-20
  3. ^ No byline (December 11, 2007). "The 100 Best Songs of 2007" Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2007-12-21
  4. ^ "Devendra Banhart Coast to Coast - The Roxy, Boston, MA and the Orpheum Theater, Los Angeles, CA". Junk Media. Retrieved 2007-11-09. 
  5. ^ Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon at AllMusic