Jesu/Sun Kil Moon
Jesu/Sun Kil Moon - Jesu/Sun Kil Moon
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2016 Ratings: #602 / 724
User Score
Based on 70 ratings
2016 Ratings: #396
Your Review


The Skinny

The music does the talking here, reminding us that for all his flaws, Kozelek has found a way to splice proclivity and excellence.


Kozelek hasn't necessarily "gone metal" here, but he's definitely using his voice in different ways—he yells, he howls, he screams. The gentle guitar crunch and cymbal crashes seem to wake Kozelek up a bit, shaking him from the more soporific spoken patterns of his last couple of releases.


While Kozelek remains an incredible storyteller, and the album is fascinating as ever to his faithful followers, it's likely to be exhausting, infuriating, or simply head-scratching to anyone who isn't already a fan of his.

Drowned in Sound

Sometimes, the blend is seamless, Kozelek’s world-weary musings nestling gently against the crook of Broadrick’s distinctive, binary-like guitar lines ... On other occasions, this marriage veers from jarring to downright bizarre, notably when Kozelek opts to scream gibberish as Broadrick dials up the dirge.

Consequence of Sound

Kozelek sounds like a man making great strides in self-acceptance. This rosier outlook, coupled with Jesu’s fuzzy, grunge-era melodies, lightens (thankfully) the demands put on the listener.

Slant Magazine

As a result of Broadrick's heavy involvement, Jesu/Sun Kil Moon has a far broader musical range than previous Sun Kil Moon efforts ... However, range alone isn't worth much when it expands beyond the limits of good taste.

Nov 27, 2016
I fell asleep. The lyrics could be the deepest thing I've ever heard and I'll still snooze through this because of Mark's terribly monotone voice and the lack of excitement or energy on any of the instrumentals.
Feb 3, 2016
Mark's latest shenanigans involve him rambling over plastic, electronic beats and distorted, guitar riffs supplied by Jesu. The Koz has won me over greatly with his last couple releases despite all their flaws, but this collab has a bit too many flaws to keep it from being charming at the least. The guitar-led tracks are the worst aspect of this release. The riffs are incredibly stale and sound like they were performed by that one douche who attempts to jam on the V-neck at Guitar Center. ... read more
Jan 22, 2016
The collaboration between Sun Kil Moon's day-to-day preacher Mark Kozelek and Godflesh's experimentalist Justin Broadrick (as Jesu) is a very inconsistent and pretty bland work. From the nine tracks presented on the album, very few moments standout and show a fraction of the musicians' genius. For the most part, the low-tuned overdriven guitars seem to face Kozelek's eccentric vocal tone in a very confrontational way, as if both elements had been put together in a very amateurish way by a ... read more
Oct 23, 2017
The collaboration between Jesu and Sun Kil Moon could work well. Very well, as a matter of fact. However, for whatever reason, this collaboration did not work all that well. With songs that feel overly extended and tepid, this collaboration's potential ended up being lost because of the sloppy execution. Maybe next time they'll improve the sound presented here.
Mar 30, 2016
wtf ? every song is very long, boring and same
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Track List
  1. Good Morning My Love
  2. Carondelet
  3. A Song of Shadows
  4. Last Night I Rocked the Room Like Elvis and Had Them Laughing Like Richard Pryor
  5. Fragile
  6. Father's Day
  7. Sally
  8. America's Most Wanted Mark Kozelek and John Dillinger
  9. Exodus
Contributions By
thisisabtlgrnd, patton, andymac

Added on: July 31, 2015