Old Ramon - Red House Painters
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  • Summary: Stuck in label limbo since 1997, 'Old Ramon' finally sees the light of day, thanks to Sub Pop records. It is the first official RHP release since 1996's 'Songs For A Blue Guitar,' although frontman Mark Kozelek released the solo album 'What's Next to the Moon' and appeared in the film "Almost Famous" in the interim. Expand
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  1. Kozelek's unique arrangements and breathtaking melodies set him far above his contemporaries. [#154, p.93]
  2. 90
    Old Ramon is sinuous and unhurried, a beautiful downer of a folk rock record that has the lithe and shadowy promise of the ocean.
  3. 90
    With the release of Old Ramon, Kozelek shows he's capable of sustained inspiration.... It's Kozelek's most successful LP: consistent, heartbreakingly sad and filled with gems that will linger in his fans' psyches. [#49, p.85]
  4. Wade through a couple of outtake-sounding openers that consist mainly of mechanical strumming on an acoustic 12-string and Kozelek's duo-toned vocals and you'll be rewarded with some of the his most fully realized songs to date.
  5. Many slower outfits-- Low, American Music Club, Codeine, et al.-- are sometimes pinned with the theory that if you've heard one of their albums, you've heard them all. Such is no longer the case with the Red House Painters.
  6. It would have been a shame if this album went unheard, as it is the most fully realized Painters album to date and finds the band, as well as Kozelek's songwriting, in peak form.
  7. 'Old Ramon' is a slight affair cut from similar cloth to '...Blue Guitar', fuzzy with distortion, hampered by less than inspirational songwriting.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
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  1. TJS
    Jan 12, 2006
    Listening to cruiser, you could feel yourself flying away, as LA sparkles on the ground. Classic, perfect, true.
  2. BrianL.
    Aug 26, 2001
    Amazing record - one weak track - the last one.
  3. HeywardD.
    May 14, 2001
    Mark Kozelek is dynamic, not encumbered by one constant static reality. His fans do well to go with HIS flow and stop longing for the way things were on some prior release. Being an originator, he would die on the vine if he were forced to conform to some arbitrary industry convention; I hope he never gives in. Rhinos will be Rhinos! Expand
  4. SheridanL
    Apr 7, 2004
    When I hear the music in the top 20 etc. I could cry. I think of the beauty of the Red House Painters - and then I don't feel so bad. They are superb. Collapse
  5. MattD
    Oct 18, 2001
    Not the best Red House Painters cd, but a great place to start if you haven't heard of them; 'Byrd Joel' and 'Void' are incredible songs not just for RHP, but as far as any music out there now; buy it- give it a few listens and you'll understand what the hype has been concerning this band. Expand
  6. DR
    Feb 15, 2009
    I love this band. They have such an effortless talent, they make the 8-9 minute songs just drift by blissfully. One of their best, sad but more reassured than Roller-coaster. Among their best. Expand
  7. paulk
    Nov 4, 2006
    While one great song does not a great album make, the purchase price is covered by the poignant and beautiful SMOKEY. We also get a MBV wokout with Between Days, Americana can can with Michigan and an ode to a Feline Furball in Wop a din din. Some others might overstay their welcome (River, Void, Cruiser) but as with all RHP releases even those not quite hitting the water-mark still can float most peoples boat! Expand

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