Mark Kozelek & Desertshore

Mark Kozelek & Desertshore Image

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  • Summary: The fourth release in 2013 for singer-songwriter Mark Kozelek is a collaborative album with Desertshore (former Red House Painters guitarist Phil Carney, drummer Mike Stevens, and pianist Chris Connolly).
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  • Record Label: Caldo Verde Records
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter
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  1. Q Magazine
    Oct 16, 2013
    Kozelek is typically raw, grouchy and funny, and his words find meaning in the minutiae of his own behavior and the lives of others. [Nov 2013, p.109]
  2. Oct 16, 2013
    Nuanced, dark, funny, harrowing, but also amiable, Mark Kozelek and Desertshore is one of the more digestible and entertaining documents of what could stand as the most prolific writing period of Kozelek's already inspired career.
  3. Uncut
    Oct 16, 2013
    The lumbering "Livingston Bramble" aside, the music is elegant and winding. [Nov 2013, p.74]
  4. Oct 16, 2013
    It's arguably his best of the calendar year, thanks to strong songs as well as the band’s sensitive accompaniment. Rather than evoke the romanticism of the road (as Sun Kil Moon did on 2003’s Ghosts of Great Highway) or the emotional detachment of touring life (as Kozelek does on every live album), Desertshore pry open his brain and soundtrack his thoughts.
  5. Oct 16, 2013
    Although Desertshore do very much get pushed to the background on this record (because this is, as it’s almost always been, the Mark Kozelek show), the group proves to be a great backing group that could very well unleash even more fascinating angles to Kozelek’s songwriting down the line.
  6. Mojo
    Oct 16, 2013
    Songs that initially resemble formless dirges, gradually reveal hidden depths, thanks to Desertshore's engaging backing and Kozelek's ever intriguing lyrics. [Nov 2013, p.84]
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