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Editors’ Notes

When alt-rock was dominated by the thick, sludgy sound of grunge, San Francisco's Red House Painters dared to create fragile, quietly beautiful records filled with just as much emotional discord as anything out of Seattle. Their second album (and the first of two self-titled releases) finds the band opening out from the spare bleakness of their debut, ticking up some of the tempos a touch and broadening the production approach. While the sound is still based around Mark Kozelek's delicate folk-rock tunes and nakedly emotional lyrics, touches like the backing vocal choir of "Take Me Out" and the slowly building atmospheric wash of sound on "Katy Song" take RHP to a new level.

Customer Reviews

A Dark Masterpiece

If you are debating which RHP album to purchase, this would be a great pick. The dissonance and darkness of this album is truely genuine. Definitely one of my favorite albums of the 90's. My favorite tracks are "Dragonflies", "Strawberry Hill", "Funhouse", and both versions of the beautiful masterpiece "Mistress."

Biography

Formed: 1989 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Red House Painters was primarily the vehicle of singer/songwriter Mark Kozelek, an evocative, compelling performer of rare emotional intensity. Like Mark Eitzel of American Music Club, to whose work the Painters were invariably compared and to whom their early success owed a tremendous debt, Kozelek laid his soul bare on record, conjuring harrowingly acute tales of pain, despair, and loss; unlike Eitzel, Nick Drake, and other poets of decay, Kozelek's autobiographical songs walked their tightrope...
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