What's Next To The Moon Image

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  • Summary: The first full-length solo album from Red House Painters frontman Mark Kozelek (following his 2000 EP, 'Rock N Roll Singer') consists entirely, believe it or not, of Bon Scott-era AC/DC covers. You'd never guess it by listening to the album, however, as Kozelek transforms them into something entirely new. Collapse
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  1. 90
    A flawless display. By turning former earache classics like "If You Want Blood" and "Love At First Feel" into beautiful acoustic ballads, much of The Moon sounds like his previous hits... [#49, p.86]
  2. A spellbinding tribute, with a commanding presence and sustained intensity that most songwriters can't manage even with their own material. Like a reverse version of Bob Dylan and the Band's The Basement Tapes, 'What's Next to the Moon' turns songs that were loose, irreverent, and even silly or one-note in their original readings into songs of timeless beauty and depth, their passions, pains, and torments made agonizingly palpable.
  3. The fact that its 10 songs are all Bon Scott-era AC/DC covers seems oddly secondary.... There's nothing earth-shatteringly special about reinventing old songs this way, but it's striking how well the lyrics match Kozelek's weary delivery.
  4. Without the thundering drums and over-amped testosterone of the originals, the songs are revealed as the beautiful blues-based writings they in fact are.
  5. Stripping away the nails-on-chalkboard caterwauls, ear ravaging guitars and caveman histrionics, Kozelek gets down to the very essence of the words and melody, rendering most of the songs unfamiliar but wholly captivating.
  6. Kozelek has delivered a wondrous collection.
  7. Kozelek's sparse, haunting delivery can render even the basest material achingly affecting...

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