The Satanic Satanist Portugal. The Man's fourth album, The Satanic Satanist , is perfect for summer: appealingly warm, even as they mine thematic turf in their hometown of… The Satanic Satanist Portugal. The Man's fourth album, The Satanic Satanist , is perfect for summer: appealingly warm, even as they mine thematic turf in their hometown of… 2009-07-21 Portugal. The Man Rock
Music Review

The Satanic Satanist (2009)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Jul 21, 2009; Lead Performance: Portugal. The Man; Genre: Rock

Portugal. The Man's fourth album, The Satanic Satanist, is 
 perfect for summer: appealingly warm, even as they mine thematic turf in their hometown of Wasilla, Alaska. 
Combining Motown falsettos and the best of late-'60s groove rock with spacey loops and hipster-art-collective 
sing-alongs, they deliver a sound that's friendly and familiar without being derivative; it's a sort of retrofitted make-out van on a club crawl. And in John Baldwin Gourley, they've got a vocalist whose sweet, fully committed tenor instantly makes you believe in his songs of northern disillusionment. Palin who? A–

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Originally posted Jul 15, 2009 Published in issue #1057 Jul 24, 2009 Order article reprints