michael gallucci

ALBUM REVIEW — DEVOTCHKA

In album review on 02/10/2011 at 10:31 am

DEVOTCHKA

100 Lovers

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You probably first heard DeVotchKa in Little Miss Sunshine. Their songs played throughout that 2006 Oscar winner. In the three years since their last album, frontman Nick Urata has sharpened his Denver quartet to the point where they sound like a multiculti Arcade Fire, with accordion, violins, a sousaphone, and even a seven-kid children’s choir filling in the spaces. 100 Lovers is the band’s most focused work, a rumination of sorts on big-picture themes like love, life, and death. It’s at turns epic and intimate, with the group’s mix of gypsy, post-punk, and chamber-pop music taking cinematic turns. DeVotchKa recorded 100 Lovers in the Arizona desert, and the best songs (“The Alley,” “The Common Good,” “The Man From San Sebastian”) reflect this wide-open isolation. Lose yourself in their ambition.

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