As a wholly independent publication, we rely entirely on our ad bookings to keep The Quietus going. This record is filled with so much darkness, I wanted to give it a light title, for contrast. The song “I Watched the Film The Song Remains the Same” features lyrics that reflect on some of Kozelek’s childhood memories of his grandmother and pays tribute to the influence of Led Zeppelin , whose concert film The Song Remains the Same Kozelek watched as a child. Truck Driver [Live] Mark Kozelek. The latter features a strident, monotone spoken delivery and relentless guitar playing. But then he sings ‘I worry to death’ — with the same cadence and tenor, over the same thickly strummed guitar chords — as if it’s only as important a thought as lunch.

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Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. Retrieved February 7, Once Kozelek begins unspinning his life, he can’t stop. PopMatters ‘ Ryan Lathan felt that Benji was “nostalgic and intensely personal”, “brilliantly-crafted” and may “possibly be the most beautifully candid record [Kozelek] has recorded under the Sun Sun kil moon benji Moon guise or any nom de plume. Among the Leaves He oil the faster one benhi we went with it. Retrieved December 19, Retrieved November 17, This record is filled with so much darkness, I wanted to give it a iil title, for contrast.


Much of the album’s lyrical content focuses upon mortalitywith Kozelek stating, “Things get heavier as you get older. Kozelek turns ‘I Love My Dad’ into a slice of silly-era Wilco, utilising a hopelessly groovy bass line and a grinning choir. I Love My Dad [Live]. Track Listing – Disc 1.

Benji’ s closing track, “Ben’s My Friend”, was the final track to be written mooj the album [5] and is partly mion about Kozelek’s friendship with Sun kil moon benji Cab for Cutie and The Postal Service vocalist and guitarist Ben Gibbard.

Views Read Edit View history. Following the release of Sun Kil Moon’s fifth studio album Among the Leaves inprimary recording artist Mark Kozelek recorded and released three studio albums in ; a covers album entitled Like Rats released in February, and two collaborative albums of original material.

Fact magazine rated Benji as the best album of[21] while Stereogum ranked it as the third best. Retrieved March 24, Info About The Quietus Facebook. Retrieved June 10, Track Listing – Disc 2.

More than anything, the dichotomy is bizarre; the lyrics are sun kil moon benji closely related that it sounds like nothing matters at all. The record is haunted by the ghosts of his native Ohio. And no matter how plainly you put it, death doesn’t often make sense. An air of arrogance permeated it, as if Kozelek felt he had more talent in his little finger than his peers had collectively.


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Kozelek’s melancholia overtakes his music in certain glorious moments, but at others he sounds indifferent, retelling stories with cold neutrality. Truck Driver [Live] Mark Kozelek.

Given its willful indulgence, however, others may find it a tipping point in the other direction. At Metacriticwhich assigns a normalized rating out of to reviews from mainstream sun kil moon benji, the album received koon average score of 85 based on 30 reviews, indicating “universal acclaim”.

Richard Ramirez [Live] Mark Kozelek. The lovely, tragic “Micheline” pays tribute to a girl who lived next door and to a childhood friend.

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Benji would have worked better as a series of EPs, playing to Kozelek’s strength as a songwriter of certain stylistic preferences. My life has just changed too much and my environment around me.

Articles with hAudio microformats. It marks his grandmother’s long illness and passing, and his shame in not being able to bear being near her usn it.