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Sun Kil Moon's Mark Kozelek has discovered a love for nylon-stringed guitar, rejuvenating his sound and adding an intimacy that makes his already-introspective songs an even deeper experience. For years with Red House Painters and as a solo performer, he built his reputation with his voice and epic-length explorations. In recent years, he's focused on his guitar playing; his intricate fingerpicking has made him the most unlikely of guitar heroes. As their titles indicate, these tracks reveal his sense of humor, which has often been obscured by his songs' pure emotion. There's a poignant truth lurking alongside "The Moderately Talented yet Attractive Young Woman vs. The Exceptionally Talented yet Not So Attractive Middle Aged Man." The melody is one of Kozelek's strongest, and its manageable length suggests he's interested in writing more easily accessible songs. In fact, several of the shortest tunes here—"I Know It's Pathetic but That Was the Greatest Night of My Life," "Sunshine in Chicago," and "Among the Leaves"—are his most immediately enjoyable. The electricity behind "King Fish" adds a welcome contrast.

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Not like the others

Every album has been great, but this feels like a more natural song writing style that hasn't really been on other albums. It sounds like the covers Mark is famous for - simple progressions, but still moving and powerful melodies. The lyrics on this are some of the best I've ever heard from Kozelek. Best tracks: Bird Has a Broken Wing, Elaine, Track Number 8, Not Much Rhymes With Everything's Awesome At All Times

Pure Kozelek

This album is a lot less dreary than his others, but it shines with the same brilliance as "Admiral Fell Promises". If you're from the Bay Area, have a sense of humor, and love Sun Kil Moon, there is no reason why this will not make your top list for 2012.

A songwriter's album

This is just terrific. It's like looking inside the soul of a true songwriter. I was floored listening to it - while walking around Chicago coincidentally. Just great. If you ever liked anything by him, get it.


Formed: 2002 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

After dissolving his previous band, Red House Painters, singer/songwriter Mark Kozelek resurfaced with Sun Kil Moon, refining and expanding the luminous acoustic balladry and harrowingly intimate lyricism that were the hallmarks of his career to date. Born in Massillon, Ohio, in 1967, Kozelek formed his first band, God Forbid, while in his teens. Upon relocating to Atlanta, he struck up a friendship with drummer Anthony Koutsos, and together they formed the first incarnation of Red House Painters....
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