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Old 02-06-2016, 10:03 AM   #196
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I'm an inconsistent listener with Kozalek projects, but felt compelled to the Jesu collaboration for some reason. This is an oddly, strongly affecting album. Exodus is of course harrowing, but what hit me the most were the readings of the fan letters. The tone in his voice is so shot through with resignation, like he's trying desperately to feel something but can't manage it.
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Yeah, I'm finding myself weird drawn to the one at the end of "Last Night I Rocked the Room..." something about the combination of the drawn-out synths and his voice as he's reading it. Same as the one at the end of "America's Most Wanted", possibly even more so.
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Old 02-06-2016, 08:34 PM   #198
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Fucking god damnit Mark Kozelek. Every time you put out an album, I'm unsure about it's quality, but then you draw me back in and I listen to it again and again...and then I'm hooked. Might be the best thing he's ever done. Fucking "Carondelet". Fucking "Exodus", fucking "A Song Of Shadows".
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Old 02-07-2016, 12:34 AM   #199
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Well that was... interesting? I've been a Jesu fan since the beginning, but I'd never listened to Sun Kil Moon outside of a couple of songs - even though I had enjoyed the amusement of keeping half an eye on Kozelek's career and the overreactions to it.

This hasn't converted me into a Kozelek fan. I'd have preferred Justin K. Broadrick's distant vocals to a disgruntled gruff old bloke rambling about this and that and reading out fanmail to be... self-aggrandising? I don't know. If you're going to have vocals as prominent as this in Jesu's music, please do more than sound like a boring family friend who accosted you at a barbecue with one of his long and mildly socially inappropriate stories. The more droning, sludgier instrumental parts were enjoyable, though the first track in particular was some serious Jesu-by-numbers, the sort of thing anybody who's followed Broadrick's career has heard him do a hundred times already.
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There's a new EP out! It's not the covers album, either!


 
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^ what's that?!

I finally sat down with the lyrics last night. I do not recommend doing that. I get the sense that even including the lyrics is Kozelek trolling. There's so many spelling mistakes and things missing that I'm betting he got wasted one night and just sat there typing it all out, grinning at his own (perceived) goodness. Lyrically, much of it is utter crap, the whole 'I did this and then I did this' is really played out now. But there are some great moments. A Song of Shadows is quite nice, Father's Day has its moments, as does Sally.

The last three songs are the highlight of the album and make it worth sitting through. America's Most Wanted is great, and his reading of the fan letter amidst the synths is lovely, like iYup attested to above. Exodus, jesus fucking christ, that is brutal. One of the saddest songs you will ever hear. Which is then followed by Beautiful You, which is lovely and warm.
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The man is nothing if not prolific.

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New album in February 2017. Common As Light and Love Are Red Valleys Are Blood.

Here's a track off it. Sun Kil Moon "God Bless Ohio"
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How did I miss this! Shit yeah. I hope it's a lot better than Universal Themes.
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Go listen to the new track. It's...kind of funky?

(I loved both the Jesu collab and Universal Themes, though. So I guess I'm all in with Kozelek at this point.)
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I'm a fan of the Jesu collab. It still has the lyrically issues that I hated about Universal Themes but I like it a lot.

Heard the covers album?
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Not yet! I've got it on my phone, but not actually had a chance to dig in yet. Good?
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Go listen to the new track. It's...kind of funky?

(I loved both the Jesu collab and Universal Themes, though. So I guess I'm all in with Kozelek at this point.)
I don't think it's anything close to funky it's pretty decent though.
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He wrote a song for Laz apparently:

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