Monday, June 15, 2009

Mark Kozelek - What's Next to the Moon

Mark Kozelek specializes in a kind of woozy, slow rock music. His bands, Red House Painters and Sun Kil Moon, were basically logical extensions of eachother, not terribly different but predictably gorgeous each time out. His first EP under his own name contained three AC/DC covers. His first album as a solo artist is made up entirely of AC/DC covers, stripped down to just voice, guitar and atmosphere. This is not a novelty album. Stripped of their bad-boy attitude, Kozelek reveals (or finds) an emotional depth in these tunes that would never be apparent otherwise. This is one of my favorite rainy day records, as haunting and beautiful as a Bert Jansch or Nick Drake release.

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