DeVotchka – 100 Lovers DeVotchka – 100 Lovers

DeVotchka - 100 Lovers

DeVotchka is certainly a band which is easy to enjoy. In fact, I have yet to find a person adverse to a robust blend of Balkan folk and mariachi ballads. The band manages to present a smooth marriage of elements with a respectful level of sadness and intrigue. With each album released, DeVotchka manages to break my heart all over again. The band celebrates their growing popularity with the release of their 8th album — 100 Lovers. If any music could be considered the sound of espionage and secret romances it would be DeVotochka.

Since the release of the early 00’s Supermelodrama, DeVotchka has managed to hone their craft to exhilarating precision. Perhaps, 2004’s How Is Ends was the pinnacle seeing the band caught not only at their best but also on the verge of being discovered. It was also the album which made me weep uncontrollably. During the mid-00’s DeVotchka lent their particular brand of sadness to video game commercials, movie trailers and film soundtracks. The breakout success of the song “How It Ends” led to a rediscovery of the bands earlier records. This, however, did not spoil a once underrated band. In fact, DeVotchka’s follow up A Mad And Faithful Telling was no less a DeVotvchka album and no more a DeVotchaka album than the last. 100 Lovers shares the same traits as the previous album which cruises at the same speed as the last. DeVotchka has already reached a critical peak early in their career and coasted in high altitude flight for nearing 5 years. 100 lovers is great and at the doors of mild excellence — just like the last album and perhaps the next one after this.

The highlights of the album are loaded in the front with the albums two strongest songs as an introduction. “The Alley” and “All the Sand In All the Sea” finds the group at a particularly creative point using shoegaze effects without any hint of obfuscation . The strings and piano on “The Alley” welcomes listeners back to a very familiar world. Lead singer and multi instrumentalist Nick Urata makes his opening croon a welcoming committee, ushering you into the next 45 minutes. While the rest of the album is literally a slow decline after the opening, it still is nonetheless memorable and nostalgic. The songs pair up like tango partners and makes your time spent worthwhile. DeVotchka’s work in film as well as years of experience has tighten their performance and persona. With every album they become less musicians and more actors playing the role of a lifetime.

DeVotchka albums are as good as you allow them to be. Multiple listens of 100 lovers will yield high interest and warm memories when revisited. I fell for this album after three listens and immediately was filled with the memories of my first kiss. This of course had no logical connection other than DeVotchka albums turn my stoic personality into complete emotional jelly. All of a sudden my apartment has hardwood floors with an open windows allowing the Spanish sunset to reflect from the hair of a women with dark eyes and a secret past. It is impossible to tell how this album will fare in the summer and fall. But for now, I know the Spring blossoms will be filled with the heart breaking sounds of romance.

The Alley
All the Sand In All the Sea
100 Other Lovers
The Common Good
Interlude 1
The Man From San Sebastian
Interlude 2
Bad Luck Heels

DeVotchka - 100 Lovers, reviewed by Kaptain Carbon on 2011-03-28T10:48:56-07:00 rating 3.7 out of 5

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