Sun Kil Moon
April


4.0
excellent

Review

by Jared W. Dillon USER (118 Reviews)
June 17th, 2008 | 12 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist


Sun Kil Moon's 'April' is clearly a landmark record for principle member Mark Kozelek as well as the year 2008. Where 'Ghosts of the Great Highway' used childhood memories and old boxing heroes to define Kozelek's confessions it seems like with 'April' he has retreated back to his honestly bare beginnings. Musically, this is definitely the most varied Sun Kil Moon record, lots of electric guitars as well as guest vocalists and an obvious debt to Neil Young. The most common complaint that has been addressed in criticism of 'April' is the length of the record. Certainly an hour and ten minute plus run time isn't something to simply scoff at but Kozelek's classic records have always been marred by their seemingly ridiculous lengths. I for one see no issue with it. While I do favor short, more concise records, Sun Kil Moon and Red House Painters have proven time and time again that there is no wiggle room in quality on their extremely lengthy LPs. Basically what I am getting at is that if someone has an issue with the length of this record they must be a relatively new Kozelek fan because those that are familiar with his discography would understand that he has a notion for being long winded. Nowhere is this more obvious than in his lyrical content which essentially reflects poetic journal entries. 'Moorestown' is a beautifully picked track taking up Kozelek's usual reminiscent imagery but lines like 'We moved together so heavenly' seem to present us with a more content feeling than the emptiness Kozelek is known for. The pain of the length is dulled also by the fact that every song has a memorable highlight, from the subtly brilliant melodies of 'Like the River' to the addition of Bonnie 'Prince' Billy on 'Unlit Highway'.

'April' is a pretty easy record to sum up; eleven tracks of the most pure sincerity that deal with a variety of rekindled feelings. 'Tonight the Sky' perfectly encapsulates Neil Young in his Harvest era. 'Tonight in Bilbao' provides a touching update on the song structure of Sun Kil Moon's track 'Duk Koo Kim' but without all the extremities about South Korean boxers. The filler like 'The Light' and 'Heron Blue' which both seem like extremely safe Kozelek tracks are still excellently arranged and rival any of the highlights off of 'Tiny Cities'. Essentially, 'April' is an improvement and definition of what the Sun Kil Moon sound is really able to pull off. Lengthy, but for a reason. Intimate, but with enough courtesy to be vague enough to allow the listener to place themselves in the songs. Mark Kozelek defines the term “artist” and 'April' is yet another notch on his belt, an enveloping experience that calmly and quietly wins its way into your heart.



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Electric City
Staff Reviewer
June 17th 2008


15737 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

finally getting your resubmissions, good to see.This Message Edited On 06.17.08

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br3ad_man
Emeritus
June 17th 2008


2125 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

My review of this is the only one anyway. Problem is I changed computers and all of my reviews are saved on the old one. I'll get around to it soon now that I'm on holidays.

DDconjoined
June 18th 2008


326 Comments


what happened to the other reviews..i think im going crazy..

xmattxhardcore
June 18th 2008


422 Comments


These guys are really cool... I forget what CD it was, but there was a song I really liked-,carry me ohio... I think it may have been off of ghosts of a lost highway.

Neoteric
June 18th 2008


3243 Comments


i enjoy this album

Apocalyptic Raids
June 18th 2008


810 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

album drags too much. i like it a lot, but some of the longer songs could do with a couple of minutes shaved off them.

SynGates
June 18th 2008


2467 Comments


I agree. I love all of it but it definitely drags a little.

foreverendeared
June 18th 2008


14678 Comments


i have this but i still need to listen to it. Ghosts of the Great Highway is amazing though so i'm sure i'll like this

Minus The Flair
Emeritus
June 19th 2008


862 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Really liked this album, haven't heard Ghosts though. It's been said, but yeah, does drag.

brandtweathers
June 19th 2008


2007 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

still obsessed with lily and parrots. ^ghosts is scary good

dkivisaari
June 22nd 2008


1 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album is wonderful because of its lyrics. Often repetitive and long, a careful listen will show why that's necessary to expose the underlying poetry that drives this. The sound repeats, but the lyrics don't, and they build wonderfully. I can't think of a better contemporary lyricist than Kozelek, Dylan and Jack White included.

brandtweathers
June 25th 2008


2007 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Kozelek shouldn't be bunked for his content regarding a south korean boxer esp bc that song is strangely easy to relate to being that he juxtaposes the scene with one of isolation. shakes me up every time.



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