Perils from the Sea - Mark Kozelek
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  • Summary: This is the debut release from the collaboration between Sun Kil Moon's Mark Kozelek and Album Leaf's Jimmy Lavelle.
  • Record Label: Caldo Verde Records
  • Genre(s): Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Electronic, Alternative Singer/Songwriter
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. May 20, 2013
    80
    The record does sound like the soundtrack to a bad dream--but you won’t want to wake from it.
  2. May 24, 2013
    80
    [Kozelek's] blend of technical excellence and emotional authority gives the album its strength. [Jul 2013, p.74]
  3. Jun 18, 2013
    80
    In a life of perpetual motion, Perils From The Sea provides a vital forward thrust. [Jul 2013, p.86]
  4. May 15, 2013
    75
    It’s not a matter of this being where one person’s influence ends and the other’s begins. Instead, it’s pure amalgamation, synthesis and alchemy.
  5. May 15, 2013
    73
    Perils from the Sea may not be a seamless collaboration, but neither artist has sounded so purposeful in his reverie in years.
  6. Jun 13, 2013
    65
    Perils From The Sea is an understated release--it does not demand undivided attention, but it certainly rewards those who are willing to offer it. [Jun-Jul 2013, p.93]
  7. 60
    Perils‘ biggest strength is also its biggest weakness: even at its best, it merely recalls the strengths of its individual players, instead of charting its own course.

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Score distribution:
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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. May 25, 2013
    10
    The best Mark kozelek since the end of red house painters. Simply beautyfull.... Far from the boring sun kill moon period mark kozelek seems have found a new subtle gravity in this collaboration. Despite the lack of musical innovation, there is something really touching in all the songs. Also i like the coherence of the cd. Expand
  2. Jul 8, 2013
    9
    What started as a single song collaboration between Mark Kozelek (Red House Painters, Sun Kil Moon) and Jimmy LaValle (The Album Leaf) has thankfully for fans grown into an album proper. ‘Perils from the Sea’ is a rare beast and at eleven tracks spanning over 77 minutes it certainly won’t be to everyone’s taste but if you stick with it you will be justly rewarded. On each composition Kozelek narrates a complicated tale over LaValle’s sparse electronica, bloops and bleeps compliment the simple drum patterns which every now and then are punctuated by strings or haunting guitar. But the albums strength is really in Kozelek’s mumbled stories which range from the heart-breaking to the funny and back again, there is no perfect pop here, the average length of each track is about 7 minutes, but in these mini-novels come songs you are introduced to some wonderful characters and a whole host of human emotion. This is an album you have to be prepared to invest in but once you do you will not want it to end, I listened to it four straight times in a row when I got it finding something new each time. These two artist have clearly pushed each other to create this work but in doing so have made a record that once again is vying for that coveted spot of album of the year. Expand