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Our Music Year No. 111: DeVotchKa, ‘How it Ends’

By From page C2 | April 21, 2013

Artist: DeVotchKa
Title: “How it Ends”
Year: 2004
Format: Digital
Grade: B+

For a band that got its start in a burlesque house, things have turned out pretty great for Denver’s DeVotchKa.

A number of the songs from “How it Ends” appeared in the 2005 feature film “Little Miss Sunshine.” It’s hard to hear the ramshackle riffs and whistling of “The Enemy Guns” without recalling the Hoovers running alongside their dying, yellow Volkswagen T2 Microbus because it won’t start properly.

Fortunately for DeVotchKa, attachment to a major motion picture is not the only thing “How it Ends” has going for it. The Mile High City group has a diverse batch of tracks that draw from global inspirations – “We’re Leaving” sports a mariachi flare while “Such a Lovely Thing” displays the Eastern Bloc flavor the band favors, just to name a few influences.

The album is front loaded with its best material – “Enemy Guns,” “You Love Me” and the title track all arrive in the first 20 minutes. It sets the bar a little too high for the back half, but not so high as to be unenjoyable.

“How it Ends” suggests DeVotchKa’s unusual beginnings inspired its willingness to try new things.

Our Music Year is Daily Republic popular culture writer Nick DeCicco’s yearlong online review in 2012 of albums he had previously not listened to. The reviews will appear in print on their corresponding days during 2013. Reach him at 427-6966 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ndeciccodr.

Nick DeCicco

Nick DeCicco

Nick DeCicco is the editor of the Tailwind and writes the pop culture blog/column For Those About to Rock. Before joining the DR staff in July 2007, DeCicco (pronounced Deh-CEE-Coh) worked at The Union in Grass Valley, Calif., and the Greeley Tribune in Greeley, Colo. A 2004 graduate of the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, DeCicco spends his free time attending concerts, listening to music, going to movies, traveling and hiking.
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