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Old 01-24-2016, 10:59 PM   #181
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jesuuuuuus christ. That looks longer than Universal Themes, which was about a metre.
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Old 01-24-2016, 11:02 PM   #182
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I'm pretty sure it includes the two letters that Kozelek reads out on the album. The interview that he did with Rainn Wilson prior to its release said that he gave the authors of those letters partial songwriting credits and will mail them royalties, which is amusingly self-aware.
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Old 01-24-2016, 11:13 PM   #183
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Might mate Victor feel better, considering he laughs through his whole letter.
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Old 01-25-2016, 12:00 AM   #184
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"once your balls are freezing it doesn't matter. the rest of your body can handle that level of cold".
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Old 01-25-2016, 12:30 AM   #185
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My first 2016 album done and dusted. I quite liked that. Will be buying. The music is pretty great throughout. The same problems that I had with Universal Themes - the songs being too long and Kozelek going from a really affecting lyrical/singing style to him effectively mumbling what happened on a certain in pretty much every song (although to be fair that might prove to be wrong once I get the actual lyrics) - is still present, but he isn't as abrasive as he is on Universal Themes. Jesu's a great foil, the heavier songs are good, not dissonant like they were on Universal Theme's. There's some really nice moments too when he goes a bit more synthy, I've had Beautiful You stuck in my head ever since the album finished.
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Old 01-27-2016, 06:18 AM   #186
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For some reason I have almost zero interest in this album. Kozelek is basically too prolific for me.
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Old 01-27-2016, 07:01 AM   #187
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It's a real grower. I'm liking it more with every listen - the three sludgey metal tracks at the beginning and the three tracks at the end are really something. The middle drags a fair bit.
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New covers album out at the end of May. Piano and vocal only. Kozelek and Mike Patton sing on a cover of David Bowie's "Win" - you can hear it and find some details here.
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His last covers album made me so happy. In.

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Old 02-02-2016, 01:21 AM   #190
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All things Mark Kozelek

Dear God, Exodus is absolutely harrowing stuff. I should not have looked up how Mike Tyson's daughter died.
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Old 02-02-2016, 06:23 AM   #191
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Do you like the album? I do.
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I like it a lot. It's a bit strangely balanced, with all of the heavy Jesu tracks right up front, only to fall back into ambient mode for a while, then Sally stands out sharply as the lone "metal" track the rest of the way. The mixing is a bit cluttered too, I can't hear Mark as well as I'd like to on the heavier tracks.

Nonetheless, there's a lot of personality here. It was a cool idea and I find most of it very enjoyable to listen to. Mark does his thing and Justin brings droning swaths of metallic chords, while also revealing a talent for ambient soundscapes. Beautiful You in particular is a lovely song. I thought it was cute that Mark praised the instrumental while he spoke over it. You don't hear that very often.
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I'm all in. This album is tremendous. "Carondelet" is a monster, "A Song Of Shadows" makes me long for other people in a really intense way, "Sally" is this intense angry song, "Exodus" guts me, "Beautiful You" makes me laugh and feel good after hearing ten minutes of death songs.

I guess I'm at the point where Mark Kozelek can piss in my ears and I'll enjoy it?
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Old 02-04-2016, 09:56 AM   #194
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I'm looking forward to getting the physical release (what a fucking joke it's going to be like five weeks after it was released digitally) so I can sit with the lyrics, because that might endear me more to it. I quite like it but its excesses are ridiculous. And because it feels so fully formed it's hard for me to treat it leniently. But the great moments are great - Beautiful You, Carondelet, Last Night... (particularly the letter at the end, not for its content but the synths just sound real nice around it), America's Most Wanted.
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And of course there's Exodus, which makes Benji sound like a party album.
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