April - Sun Kil Moon
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8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 28 Ratings

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  • Summary: This is the third album for the group led by Mark Kozelek, who also wrote and produced the album.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. This sense of loneliness haunts Kozelek’s best work, and it’s in full force throughout April, arguably the finest album of his career.
  2. Mark Kozelek defines the term “artist” and April is yet another notch on his belt, an enveloping experience that calmly and quietly wins its way into your heart.
  3. As with Mark's other musical incarnations, whether as Red House Painters or under his own name, a fine-tuned and patient ear, and a good turn of the volume knob towards high, is required to fully appreciate the nuances of his music.
  4. April lulls and hums with the tranquil peace of solitude and ranks as Kozelek's most focused, and highest achievement. [Spring 2008, p.80]
  5. 70
    As lovely as that sounds, April loses momentum under such a reserved approach.
  6. Much of April is quite lovely. Sure, it sounds like one long song to me, but it’s a nice song, with subtle variations.
  7. 60
    On their third album, this San Francisco–based, Mark Kozelek–led bunch stumble over saccharine set-opener "Lost Verses" (which channels icky Young wannabes America with less success than Midlake) en route to a beautifully depressing array of funereal folk.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Mar 20, 2011
    7
    If this is all you had by this guy, you'd love the album, but I gotta say that he has so much other similar material that's better, it's hard to spend much time listening to this. Really hasn't done anything new, albeit created another beautiful record. Expand

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