Rejoicing in the Hands

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Rejoicing in the Hands
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Studio album by Devendra Banhart
Released April 24, 2004 (2004-04-24)
Recorded 2003
Genre Indie folk, psychedelic 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 psychedelic 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
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 88/100[2]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[3]
The Boston Phoenix 3/4 stars[4]
Entertainment Weekly B[5]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[6]
Mojo 4/5 stars[7]
NME 9/10[8]
Pitchfork Media 8.4/10[9]
Q 4/5 stars[10]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[11]
Uncut 4/5 stars[12]

At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, Rejoicing in the Hands received an average score of 88, based on 21 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim".[2] 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.[13]

The album was also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[14]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
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. "Todos 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
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[15] 30
French Albums (SNEP)[16] 157

References[edit]

  1. ^ IGN: The Hills Have Eyes 2 Trailer
  2. ^ a b "Reviews for Rejoicing In The Hands by Devendra Banhart". Metacritic. Retrieved May 26, 2015. 
  3. ^ Jurek, Thom. "Rejoicing in the Hands – Devendra Banhart". AllMusic. Retrieved May 26, 2015. 
  4. ^ Drozdowski, Ted (June 18–24, 2004). "Devendra Banhart: Rejoicing in the Hands". The Boston Phoenix. Retrieved May 26, 2015. 
  5. ^ Weingarten, Marc (April 30, 2004). "Rejoicing in the Hands". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 26, 2015. 
  6. ^ Sweeting, Adam (May 21, 2004). "Devendra Banhart, Rejoicing in the Hands". The Guardian. Retrieved May 26, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Devendra Banhart: Rejoicing in the Hands". Mojo (127): 106. June 2004. 
  8. ^ Jam, James (2004). "Joyous mental bastard folk music". NME. 
  9. ^ Leone, Dominique (March 16, 2004). "Devendra Banhart: Rejoicing in the Hands". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved May 26, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Devendra Banhart: Rejoicing in the Hands". Q (215): 94. June 2004. 
  11. ^ "Devendra Banhart: Rejoicing in the Hands". Rolling Stone: 151. April 15, 2004. 
  12. ^ "Devendra Banhart: Rejoicing in the Hands". Uncut (85): 90. June 2004. 
  13. ^ Pitchfork staff (September 28, 2009). "The Top 200 Albums of the 2000s: 200–151". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved October 1, 2009. 
  14. ^ Robert Dimery; Michael Lydon (23 March 2010). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 978-0-7893-2074-2. 
  15. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Devendra Banhart – Rejoicing in the Hands" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved May 2, 2010.
  16. ^ "Lescharts.com – Devendra Banhart – Rejoicing in the Hands". Hung Medien. Retrieved May 2, 2010.