Portugal. The Man are a band that have carried with them continuous hype, after releasing an album each year since their inception they have been able to evolve as artists through each release and becoming stronger and stronger. With their latest release The Satanic Satanist they are once again proving the hype isn’t all for naught with a solid batch of tunes.
The album has such a classic vibe to it that it is hard to deny and find something catchy on each and every track. Whether it be the lyrical excellence of opener “People Say”, the classic rock swagger of “Lovers In Love” or the falsetto harmonies of “Guns and Dogs”. Portugal. The Man know how to write a nice hook that sounds timeless and deliciously catchy.
It’s hard to find any flaws with this release as every single song shines on it’s own and they don’t get stuck in a rut or have to much filler (like a lot of bands with consistent releases find themselves with). They can ride high on a feel-good rhythm (“The Sun”), or move at a steady pace that feels like an assembly line of how to make good music (“Work All Day”).
The Satanic Satanist is one of the definitive releases of 2009 and should be known by all because Portugal. The Man are creating great music, with intense lyricism and exceptional instrumentation. It is all to apparent that they are on their own level in the scene, and anybody who believes in good music needs to give this album a few (or a hundred) spins.