Track durations only printed for Niño Rojo album on inner jacket. B8 and D8 are bonus tracks not listed on release.
Double LP. The first LP is titled "Rejoicing In The Hands" on the labels, and "Rejoicing In The Hands Of The Golden Empress" on the spine. Each LP is labeled with Sides A & B, but the sides are identified as Sides A-D in the runouts, consistent with the Tracklisting. Tracks B8 and D8 are unlisted (and thus, untitled) on the release. These are bonus tracks not found on the CD versions.
Rejoicing in the Hands. When Michael Gira's Young God label issued Devendra Banhart's glorious home-recorded debut, Oh Me Oh My, on an unsuspecting world, its gorgeous yet sparse primitivism, complete outsider lyric sensibilities, and infectious melodies grabbed hold of listeners all over the world. It offered them a bona fide fissure between popular and underground American culture. Banhart's aesthetic is no pose; his iconoclastic songwriting could not be farther away from officially sanctioned "alternative" music.
Rejoicing in the Hands (full title Rejoicing in the Hands of the Golden Empress) is the third studio album from psychedelic folk musician Devendra Banhart and the second full release for the label Young God. It was recorded during 2003 and was released on April 24, 2004. The song "Insect Eyes" was featured in the teaser trailer for the 2007 horror film The Hills Have Eyes 2. The song "The Body Breaks" was used in the 2007 film Eagle vs. Shark
Nino Rojo is the companion album to Rejoicing In The Hands, which was released earlier this year. It is culled from the same sessions. Rejoicing in the Hands establishes Banhart as a major voice in new folk music. Not only does it improve on the promise of his earlier releases; it effortlessly removes the listener from the context of the recording. That is, it doesn't seem like an album so much as a collection of road hymns and journals, and small tributes to smaller pleasures. If some people miss the appeal of this stuff in an attempt to digest it as any other product, all the better knowing Banhart will probably keep on rejoicing until forever. com/Dominique Leone, March 17th, 2004
Devendra Banhart released another album, Nino Rojo, within a few months of this one. Both albums are very similar in sound and style (they come from the same recording session) and both have a uniform good-to-great song quality and the Black Babies ep, mainly because 1) he recorded the album in a studio, 2) different instruments, other than an acoustic guitar have been used (albeit sparingly) and 3) there's a guest vocalist, Vashti Bunyan (basically the 60's version of Banhart). Musically, however there aren't any big changes, the naivety is still there (there are songs about soups and beards), same the awkwardness and one still has the impression that every song is recorded in one take.