Picks and Pans Review: Devendra Banhart

updated 11/05/2007 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/05/2007 01:00AM

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REVIEWED BY CHRIS STRAUSS

ALT-FOLK

Forget about trying to pigeonhole Devendra Banhart. On his latest, the razor-averse eccentric delves into an array of genres, loosely tying them together with a unique brand of experimental folk. As a complete work, this ambitious disc may be disjointed, but it's also a testament to Banhart's talent that he is able to switch gears so adroitly, whether it's the irresistible funk of "Lover" or the Doors-esque highlight "Tonada Yanomaminista."

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