This Is My Dinner

Sun Kil Moon - This Is My Dinner
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2018 Ratings: #725 / 746
User Score
Based on 93 ratings
2018 Ratings: #978
November 1, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Caldo Verde / Label
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Mark continues to etch himself an utterly unique position as an iconoclast of the highest lyrical and musical caliber, elevating the meaning of an individual life into idyllic memoirs.

There is a sense of indulgence here, moments that could read as self-important, particularly when Kozelek dips into criticism, but themes of loss, of displacement, and of holding onto what has held you in the past bring completeness.
The Needle Drop
Mark Kozelek's latest endeavor follows his jet-lagged excursions through Europe, but his narratives often overpower the music.
Under The Radar
The end result can feel trying and bland, but it can also be as meditative as he apparently finds Sweden.

This Is My Dinner isn't a radical departure from the albums Kozelek has been pumping out since Benji, but it's clear evidence of how tedious and self-indulgent his style has become.

Spectrum Culture
Kozelek here has given up even the slightest pretense of songwriting in favor of long, rambling monologues, the majority of which stretch to 10 minutes or more. It’s the “musical” equivalent of Steve Carell’s Brick Tamland claiming love for things he sees in the room with him at that particular moment (carpet, desk, lamp, etc.).
Yes, these are songs, supposed expressions of a character, but they are as artless, discursive, and slapdash as a to-do list or a diary entry; the central character seems to be only a deep sense of self-pity in need of external validation.
I take it back. Shut the fuck up, Mark.
beautiful photo on the cover there...
There is an unbelievable amount of charm in Kozelek's work that I find infectious to the point of being therapeutic. He is able to find poetry in the most mundane aspects of life, such as his fondness for his socks and candles. He articulates his thoughts in a way that is coherently sporadic, which obviously should not be possible. But no, this is indeed possible. This is a mans life reflected into art, a journey into the moments of a man that one does not seek to discover.
"There's one thing I don't like at all; its the music of the Eagles- it makes me want to put my fist through a wall"
Well this doesn't really feel cohesive or concise Mark is still entertaining as a lyricist.

Best Track: This Is Not Possible
Worst Track: Candles
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Added on: June 26, 2018