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Album: Devendra Banhart, Mala (Nonesuch)


If Mala wasn't conceived as Devendra Banhart's Europhile album, it's doing a damn fine impression of one.

Opening track "Golden Girls" reminisces about "waiting in line to see Suede play", while elsewhere he sings in German and Spanish. The rest of it evokes non-specific nostalgia, alternating between breezy, sun-dappled 1960s folk-pop and chugging 1970s glam, as if beamed in from the exact point that Tyrannosaurus Rex turned into T Rex.