11 Songs, 1 Hour 28 Minutes

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2.3 out of 5
14 Ratings
14 Ratings
Gregory Ross ,

Pretentious

The most pretentious, over-indulgent artist in recent memory takes another stroll down memory lane, devoid of melody, editing, structure; this is journalistic boredom at its musical peak.

tjphoto ,

Mark Kozelek at HIs Worst

This is, to be blunt, a collection of wholly undistinguished and self-indulgent, tuneless non-songs. Singing in a hoarse and out of tune voice as he too often has in the past, Kozelek seems off the deep end with this collection, cutting all ties with melody while reading out bad poetry and street observation lyrics in a kind of hip-hop meets beatnik tempo and associative style that is largely unlistenable. Mark Kozelek has written and sung a number of very good songs in the past, including his own "Glenn Tipton", "Carry Me Ohio" and "Blue Orchids". He's also been in some ways at his very best when doing remarkable covers of work by other artists, including the entire "Tiny Cities Made of Ashes" album as well as "You Ain't Got a Hold on Me" and others. He can be deep, mournful and tender when he's got the right material and mood. But the bulk of his own compositions have been sub-par at best, uninspired songs that fall flat and take up most of an album in which two or three compositions are worthy but surrounded by weak songs. His reputation for being pugnacious and boorish in live performance also seems to be legend. He has his admirers, sure, but is anyone telling him the truth to his face--that he's wasting his talent? Even if someone did, I suspect MK would growl, spit and swear at them with complete disdain for anything hitting close to home.

Twin Cam Akiko ,

Sad, and not in a good way

Red House Painters. Listened to them non-stop in High School. Saw them a few dozen times with various line ups. Sun Kil Moon's first few albums are brilliant.

But something bad has happened. Mark Kozelek stopped singing. He just kind of talks now. He stopped writing songs. He just rambles on about god knows what now.

I never thought I'd say these words...but his music in unlistenable now.

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