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DeVotchKa, ‘A Mad and Faithful Telling’ (Anti-)

By: Jon Young // March 20, 2008

DeVotchKa gained mainstream exposure in 2006 via their Grammy-nominated score for Little Miss Sunshine, but the Denver band still cavort like daffy outsiders on their stirring fifth album, a sultry brew of Gypsy, Mexican, and pop ingredients that’s adorably silly and unexpectedly moving. A dizzy crooner in the mode of Andrew Bird and Rufus Wainwright, ringmaster Nick Urata celebrates heartbreak, desire, and other grand themes, driven by a craving for attention and the urge to put on a big show. If the itchy “Head Honcho” doesn’t grab you, you’re lost.

Now Watch This: DeVotchKa talk about the making of this album

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