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Editors’ Notes

A decade into their steadily building career you can still hear echoes of the cabaret backing-band that DeVotchKa once were as they meld Latin, Balkan, French, and gypsy sensibilities with rock n’ roll. Much of their appeal rests on the yearning, impassioned vocals of singer and guitarist Nick Urata. Singing in a distinctive and seductive mumble on shimmering pop numbers “All the Sand in All the Sea,” “100 Other Lovers,” and “Exhaustible” the emotion is always clear even if the actual words are not. There is much to savor here instrumentally as well, including the energetically strummed Spanish guitar and mariachi horns of “Bad Luck Heels,” the tango-tinged rhythm of “Ruthless,” the brass, accordion, and propulsive percussion of “Contrabanda,” and the ringing spy-film guitar line prominent on “The Man from San Sebastian.” The album closes with the instrumental “Sunshine,” a gorgeously textured track that neatly sums up the band’s spacious sound. Cinematic, sweeping, and carefully structured, the many styles on display on 100 Lovers translate into something idiosyncratic yet accessible.

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I am horrified that I am the first to write a review. You should all be ashamed of yourselves. Devotchka is a band that deserves unfliching prase and credit. Attention must be paid. I've seen this band countless times and over and over again, they redefine what is means to be an an artist, a performer and a virtuoso. That being said, buy the album. It is full of beautiful vocalism, haunting melodies and music! Actual musicians playing actual instruments with adept fluency and obvious affection. The only thing that may be a detraction is that, in my humble opinion, Devotchka chose a weak track, 100 Other Lovers, as the initial representative of an opus that is long overdue. It is basically the name of the album, so it's understandable, maybe. The very first track "Alley" is quintessential Devotchka with their signature atmospheric elegance combining Nick Urata's longing vocals, Tom Hagerman's effortless violin, Jeanie Schroder's haunting bass and Shawn King's delicate percussion. Take a listen to tracks 4, 6, 9, 10 and 11 as well. All beauties. Do yourself a favor and see them in concert. It's a musical experience that will not be forgotten.

Swept Away

I was swept away, right away listening to this masterpiece I was swept away. DeVotchKa is like no other band, their music is filled with grace and splendor. The serenity that flows out of each song is without question, flawless. Never have I heard music with such beauty, and never will I. When I listen to DeVotchKa I am taken to another place, a place of trust and a place of peace. When I feel like all the world is crumbling down around me I can listen to their music, and know everything will be alright. If you have not given them a chance, you are missing out on music in poetry that will change your life.

Best yet

I bought this album today because at my local record store they were offering a promotion: buy the new devotchka album and get a free ticket to see them play live at the music box in LA. I've listened to this album three times already and I have to say it's great. DeVotchKa renews my faith in music.

Biography

Formed: 1997 in Denver, CO

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

The Gypsy-tinged quartet DeVotchKa were formed in Denver, CO by multi-instrumentalists Nick Urata (vocals, guitar, trumpet), Tom Hagerman (violin, accordion), Jeanie Schroder (sousaphone, bass), and percussionist Shawn King. Supporting musicians rotated in and out of the eclectic group's lineup, contributing such diverse sounds as strings and bazoukis. While some described DeVotchKa's sound as polka-rock or circus music, the band was actually a cross-pollination of numerous influences, including...
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