Mark Kozelek

Mark Kozelek - Mark Kozelek
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Based on 9 reviews
2018 Ratings: #634 / 715
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Based on 72 ratings
2018 Ratings: #579
May 11, 2018 / Release Date
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Caldo Verde / Label
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Mark Kozelek is average as far as Sun Kil Moon records go.


He spares no details on his day-to-day thoughts and experiences; some are exciting, some banal, but all are unfiltered and possibly even unedited. The glimpse into his life stands alone as a compelling piece of American realism, operating like a novel does.


Mark Kozelek is as long and rambling as one would expect from the singer/songwriter, but his mixture of poignancy, humanity, and levity continues to make his music worth hearing.

Under The Radar

Mark Kozelek is by no means a masterwork, nor is it the overwrought disaster it threatened to be, but instead another collection of songs from someone who just cannot stop writing, cannot stop releasing and, more often than not, hits the emotional marks he aims at, in however scattershot a way.


Despite Kozelek’s technophobic rep, Mark Kozelek is a thoroughly modern album, one doesn’t separate the art from the artist but collapses the two completely.

A.V. Club

Newcomers are unlikely to care much, but anyone who’s been following the man’s career since the Red House Painters should appreciate how he keeps looking for new ways to convert his very existence into art.

Spectrum Culture
This could have been something different and truly breathtaking from one of indie rock’s most distinct songwriting personalities, yet he couldn’t help himself but to keep doing the same schtick that he’s been doing for close to a decade now.

With no dramatic tension, pathos or even story arc, these songs are little more than piles of slack words from an artist who has confused saying whatever comes to mind with having something to say.

personally this is the first time i've ever loved a mark kozelek project, I really connected with this one, adore the instrumentals this time around as well.
Mark Kozelek's latest effort continues his style of self reflective spoken word poetry, a continuation of his last release under Sun Kil Moon. This release is much more personal, perhaps the reason he released this under his own name. The musicianship is simple while being very melodic, a perfect balance of ambient slowcore and his signature indie folk sound. This self titled release may just be his best since the utter masterpiece that was Benji. This is an album to immerse yourself into, ... read more

A minimal, rambly record, Mark Kozelek provides his most personal and enthralling album yet.
I've always admired Mark's music post-Red House Painters with a bit of distance, but I think this might be the record that truly pulls me in. I absolutely adore the instrumentals on this album. They aren't the most complex, in fact all bar one track have no percussion in them at all, leaving the songs with only the airy and ethereal lo-fi acoustic guitar and Kozelek's ever-croaky and rambly vocals. Whilst this might sound mind-numbing on paper, the chord progressions are so beautiful and quaint ... read more
One of the most gripping narrative albums I have heard. Mark uses hilarious storytelling to create an absolute marvel of comedy art.

However 12 minutes for a song's run time can be a bit much, I'm sorry Mark.
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Track List

  1. This Is My Town
  2. Live in Chicago
  3. The Mark Kozelek Museum
  4. My Love for You Is Undying
  5. Weed Whacker
  6. Sublime
  7. Good Nostalgia
  8. 666 Post
  9. The Banjo Song
  10. Young Riddick Bowe
  11. I Cried During Wall Street
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Added on: February 1, 2018