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  • Artist(s): Sun Kil Moon
  • Summary: The debut collaboration between Jesu and Sun Kil Moon features contributions from such artists as Modest Mouse's Isaac Brock, Slowdive's Rachel Goswell, Low, and Will Oldham.
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Good Morning My Love
I woke up and I said to my love, "Good morning" I looked at the phone, there was a message about the Johnny Tapia movie Then I went to my bank and I... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Uncut
    Feb 29, 2016
    80
    Not even this collaboration's most thunderous moments detract from the quieter power of the singer's frank, free-associative lyrics. [Apr 2016, p.74]
  2. Feb 11, 2016
    80
    Jesu’s crunching, industrial guitar, subtle drum machines and harmonies compliment Kozelek’s meandering, caustic tales differently to past collaborators such as The Album Leaf and Desertshore, but it works just as well, helped by star turns from the likes of Low and Will Oldham.
  3. Feb 19, 2016
    75
    Kozelek's more recent output has obviously been vulnerable, but he feels especially open here--he’s not just making fun of himself, but also deeply dissecting why he makes fun of himself, and the sadness that’s hidden within a punchline.
  4. Feb 11, 2016
    70
    While Kozelek remains an incredible storyteller, and the album is fascinating as ever to his faithful followers, it's likely to be exhausting, infuriating, or simply head-scratching to anyone who isn't already a fan of his. And as wonderful as Broadrick's musical contributions are, they recede into the background and aren't nearly as distinctive as his own work.
  5. 70
    The album's trying at times, a bit too long but trudge on and give it a chance. There's something very different here that's worth the time.
  6. 67
    Kozelek sounds like a man making great strides in self-acceptance. This rosier outlook, coupled with Jesu’s fuzzy, grunge-era melodies, lightens (thankfully) the demands put on the listener. An annotated glossary outlining locations, people, and callbacks would still be helpful, though not necessarily essential.
  7. Feb 11, 2016
    50
    While taking Kozelek out of his musical comfort zone at times pays off with interesting results on Jesu/Sun Kil Moon, other parts of the album makes one wonder if Kozelek wasn't better off continuing to pick away at his nylon string guitar and ramble away like usual.

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  1. Feb 29, 2016
    8
    Some of the tracks speak so close to me, specially "America's Most Wanted Mark Kozelek and John Dillinger" since I've been to the Sun KilSome of the tracks speak so close to me, specially "America's Most Wanted Mark Kozelek and John Dillinger" since I've been to the Sun Kil Moon's concert in Umbertide that Kozelek mentions in it, where he gets the gum from the boy (Who he thought was a girl!) and let's the guys dance on stage. He also tried to pick my iPad when I was filming him. It's really something to see an artists' perspective from a show I've been to, specially seeing that the show was as important for him that it was for me.
    Since the heavy distorted guitars will not please most of Kozelek's fans, the first tracks should be hard to endure for some. But the album will eventually reward even those listerners when the two artists gets to the last, lighter, tracks of the album, like "Exodus", "Fragile" and "Beautiful You".
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