Tiny Cities - Sun Kil Moon
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  • Summary: Mark Kozelek's second SKM album consists entirely of Modest Mouse covers.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. Flecked at every turn with Kozelek's unique interpretive bent, "Tiny Cities" is a triumph.
  2. The songs, though we've heard them many times before, take on a surprisingly fresh and delicate new identity. [Feb 2006, p.122]
  3. A large part... of a Mark Kozelek song is the arrangement.... In that sense, Tiny Cities is a collection of perfect Mark Kozelek songs. [#11, p.108]
  4. Tiny Cities differs very little from how we might expect it to sound.
  5. Sublime stuff. [11 Feb 2006, p.33]
  6. 60
    It seems something of a hollow exercise. [Feb 2006, p.72]
  7. These tracks are botched experiments that can't even function as interesting failures.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Negative: 2 out of 17
  1. JayS.
    Apr 9, 2008
    B-e-a-utiful. I can't believe some of the reviews I've read for this album. Having just listened to it again I can only think they had socks in their ears. By the way I haven't heard the originals and will now check them out. Expand
  2. ChrisJ
    Nov 8, 2005
    Critics who are going to look at this album as Modest Mouse covers are going to miss the point. This is the same kind of album as Wilco/Billy Bragg's Mermaid Ave. These are Kozelek's interpretation of Modest Mouse lyrics. These are solid songs, and fans of Sun Kil Moon and Kozelek will love them, fans of Modest Mouse and Sun Kil Moon will adore it!!! Expand
  3. jonj
    Dec 29, 2005
    hate modest mouse and not that keen on RHP, but in this album - through two months of continuous play - have found a deep if fractious view on the world. It ain't pretty but it sure it great. Expand
  4. JohanS
    Nov 15, 2005
    Mark Kozelek is one of the most underestimated artists of all time.
  5. James
    Dec 30, 2007
    I like Modest Mouse and I've liked a lot of what Kozelek has done, both with SKM and RHP, and I really like this album. The first few spins were colored by the overwhelmingly negative reviews, but once I was able to hear the album for itself, it presented itself as a terrific set of songs. The Modest Mouse versions of these songs are useless as points of comparison...they have as little to do with these versions as The Dirty Projectors' most recent album has to do with Black Flag. Expand
  6. H.Young
    Nov 14, 2005
    Excellent production and performances, but there's too much of a good thing coming through too clear. Modest Mouse's lyics, buried under layers of fractured noise, come across as one aspect of a larger whole in that context, as a secret you can let yourself in on or not. But in this new covers record, they are featured. They deserve to be featured; they're beautiful. But there's not enough breathing room on the disc for all these heavy hitting songs to sit so close to each other. Where's the 3 minute musical segue? Where's the drastic variation from the original melody that makes it completely unrecognizable? Where's the sham that allows the secret? That said, I have already been caught listening to Sun Kil Moon's Ocean Breathes Salty on repeat, and maybe, through the multiple repeat listens that *will* occur, I will learn to enjoy this album as much as Ghosts of the Great Highway. But maybe not. Brought so much closer to the core of these intense songs, I find myself looking for the SPF 50. Expand
  7. markm
    Jul 6, 2007
    I'm a fan of sun kil moon and RHP as well as modest mouse. This album is terrible. MK's version of Tiny cities is completely laughable. I can't believe the ratings, my jaw dropped when I heard these songs. I Expand

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