Traveler

The jam-band swami tries atmospheric pop with members of the National and Mates of State on this solo joint. The arrangements, full of spacious production and abstract beats, can be gorgeous, and the cover of Gorillaz's "Clint Eastwood" is spot on, even if its potent hooks point to a shortage elsewhere. But "Pigtail" – all class-clown philosophizing and noodle-dance groove – is the slam-dunk: a reminder of what he does better than anyone else.

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From The Archives Issue 1168: October 25, 2012