I'll admit it, Portugal. the Man are one of my favorite bands, so this review is largely biased (yet another one of those). They are also one of the most consistent and productive rock bands around. They've released 5 studio albums in the past 4 years and are currently offering their sixth titled American Ghetto (out March 2nd on Equal Vision Records).
I always thought that their last album (well their 4th actually…since they released an acoustic album as well in the mid-time) the Satanic Satanist would have been the one to really make them more accessible and popular, especially outside the US. However, it seems that some bands are simply not meant for stardust publicity and are a better kept a secret (at least from the masses…since they are a big name for the rest of us). Their latest album may not introduce that many new elements to their music, but on the other hand it remains top notch like Satanist. Pure rock, with the usual folk and prog elements and Gourley’s distinctive vocals. Yet another great album for me in less than a year from one of the best bands out there!