Devendra Banhart's Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon is the artist's fifth album in as many years. A self-proclaimed naturalist, the Los Angeles folk-rock singer/songwriter maintains his hippie style throughout the 16-track album. Banhart's vocals are flexible and emotional, a large part of the reason this mediocre album isn't a total waste of time. The first half of the album is disappointing. Opener Cristobal is a simply arranged track backed by acoustic guitar. While So Long Old Beach, Samba Vexillographica and Sea Horse are more diverse in texture and rhythm, they're so laidback you'll fall asleep. It's not until the middle of the album that anything vaguely interesting happens. Starting with a spoken story, seventh track My Shabop Shalom Baby is a highly melodic piece, while Tonada Yanomaminaria is one of the few energetic rock tracks. Banhart mixes folk music with nostalgic 1960s rock in the second half of the album. Whether or not they are deliberate tributes, Bad Girl and Saved resemble tracks the Beatles never got around to writing. But the good stuff doesn't last long. The last three tracks fall flat due to repetitive, melancholic lyrics like 'I'm gonna die of loneliness'.