Vetiver CD review by Troy Brookins

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Vetiver CD review by Troy Brookins
Jun 3, 2008, 13:42

Vetiver - Thing of the Past

VETIVER Thing of the Past CD

What has happened to the whole freak-folk-friends-of-Devendra scene? You've got Devendra Banhart and Joanna Newsome dipping into the Hollywood dating pool instead of hanging out with woodland creatures while dropping acid. What a shame. The out-there weirdness was part of what made it all work and now it just seems like the music you find on the low end of the FM dial where those hill-town radio stations love their bluegrass and folk. The music has been stripped of its flavor and originality. You shouldn't be garnering comparisons to the Grateful Dead, because that's just flat-out boring. This may have been Vetiver's intent since Thing of the Past contains no original material. Instead, Vetiver takes a look backward through interpretations of songs by Garland Jeffreys, Townes Van Zant, Hawkwind and a few more that border on the obscure and not so obscure. While this may sound rather appealing the overall effect falls short, with the exception of a couple of tracks, sounding as if the majority of the songs came straight off of American Beauty and I don't know if I can take another “Ripple.”  [Gnomonsong]

-Troy Brookins


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