- Summary: The sixth full-length release for Mark Kozelek as Sun Kil Moon includes contributions from Owen Ashworth, Will Oldham, Sonic Youth's Steve Shelley, and Jen Wood.
- Record Label: Caldo Verde Records
- Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter
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Feb 10, 2014The sparse musical arrangements and haunting production only serve to heighten the album’s intimacy and ultimately render it a masterpiece of reflection and introspection, destined to be played on repeat in scores of late-night, tired, and lonely rooms.
Feb 11, 2014This album puts a stamp on Kozelek's career. I didn't expect that his role as the bass player in the fictional band Stillwater in the 1999 movie "Almost Famous" (which I copied onto cassette tape back then) would not be the highlight of his career. Mark Kozelek sings (and plays acoustic guitar) about many of the things we all go through in life. I was especially intent on listening to the song "I Can't Live Without My Mother's Love" because my loving mother died only 6 weeks ago. The rest of the album, as well as that song, practically outlines (intentionally or not) through the soul's sojourn in the material world. Everyone - except maybe a saint - can relate to these true stories in song. They are beautiful songs even when the lyrics turn ugly, overtly sensual or speak of death. Birth, death, disease and old age are the things all of us souls go through in the material world (as one hears about in most George Harrison songs). While listening to these songs, I reflect on what my own life has been like, find parallels, and ironically, they make me think about how to make my life better. Finally, I love the melodies and denseness of this album and how the lone saxophone starts in towards the end of the album as if bringing all of his experiences and emotions into one final symphony. Spellbinding!… Expand
Feb 23, 2014Benji is a really, dark, moody, sad and cold album. But it is beautifully crafted. The singer-songwriter still shows his ability to write a beautiful story from the dark alley he records in.
Must Hear Tracks:
I Watched the Film The Song Remains the Same
Ben's My Friend
Don't Hear Tracks:
Jim Wise… Expand
Jun 25, 2014No time to discuss:
I had never heard of Sun Kil Moon until the critical acclaim of this album started pouring in. I still haven't listened to the other albums, laughing at how meta this album is.
Favourite Tracks: Most of 'em
Least Favourite Track: Dogs
Overall score: 88-92/100… Expand
Apr 5, 2014This is some of the most singularly candid, intensely roller-coaster-of-emotion poetry ever committed to record. The stripped down minimalism of the music leaves space for you to fully take in Kozelek's lyrics. And still, his voice is sometimes wonderful and the music, when it does come in is certainly lovely enough. Few records immediately promise that you will be listening to them forever. This one does.… Expand
Feb 12, 2014This is the first of Mark Kozelek's albums for me to hear, so I didn't know what to expect at first. But i ended up liking what i heard. The music is mostly minimal, giving room for the lyrics to shine. They are truly beautiful, as well as heartbreaking.
On the other hand, i wish the album was more like the closing track (Ben's My Friend). That's my favorite track of them all. Great lyrics, accompanied by some of the most terrific music i heard in quite some time. It somewhat reminded me of Kaputt, the 2011 album by Destroyer.
Other tracks i liked: Carissa, I Can't Live Without My Mother's Love, and Jim Wise.
Overall, a very satisfying album, and i'm looking forward to checking out his previous work.… Expand
Feb 28, 2014I now have a base line for the worst album I have ever heard ... and it's name is Benji by Sun Kil Moon.
The guitar in each song is the same 3 boring, rambling finger picked chords for upwards of 8 minutes. The vocal is the least melodic single note monotone cringeworthy vocal line. The lyrics are the most self indulgent exploration into death I've ever heard. There is one song about how he will be sad if his mum dies and no one is allowed to talk **** about her, another song about how he loves his dad, another song about a couple of mass murders but he somehow makes it about him, a song about his pets
Dying , an 8 minute song about his 2nd cousin dying - how sad he was even though he admits in the song he has only seen her once in 30 years ... And he didn't talk to her then ... He makes her death about him.… Expand
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