Sun Kil Moon's Ghosts of the Great Highway is one of my favorite albums of all time. Each song is exceedingly sad. Repetitive drums and guitars are well paired with less predictable strings and Mark Kozelek's beautiful, lofty voice. The songs rise and fall, and then they just linger there, beating away.
April, Sun Kil Moon's latest effort, shares many of the same characteristics. Its drums and guitars are just as unchanging, and Kozelek's voice is just as good. However, the songs are more sparse and more relaxed. The emotional hooks Kozelek presents on the previous album are just not there on most songs. The result, overall, is a more boring album. It's still the great Sun Kil Moon, and anyone who enjoys the classic aesthetic of Sun Kil Moon or the Red House Painters will enjoy this album.
Sun Kil Moon - Lost Verses (April, 2008)
Sun Kil Moon - Carry Me Ohio (Ghosts of the Great Highway, 2003)
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