Mark Kozelek
Finally


3.5
great

Review

by robin EMERITUS
December 15th, 2008 | 11 replies | 6,190 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Familiar territory.

The Finally LP shouldn’t be hard to come to terms with for any Kozelek fan, as pretty much all of his material runs the same course in some way. The composition is naturally sparkling; his typical acoustic set up couldn’t sound more at home. Of course, what should keep the collective fan base of Red House Painters, Sun Kil Moon and all things Kozelek generally satisfied is that, while a b-side album, their early Christmas gift could easily be another Tiny Cities or What’s Next to the Moon? anyway. The distance this album goes to collect a handful of otherwise forgotten tracks, though, makes it much more prolific. In-between the decorations of “Piano Song and “Gaping Mouth” (two previously non-existent instrumentals arranged in the same way “Si Paloma” accolades Ghosts of the Great Highway) lies eight tracks scaling the same number of covers.

Even though he strums chords to his own original numbers just as respectfully, covers almost equate to Kozelek’s niche when he wants them to – here, it couldn’t be any less true. And he can make absolutely any track his own, too: he covers folksinger Kath Bloom’s “Finally” and details it with remnants of “Heron Blue” straight out of his very own April. Even more impressively is that a track such as “Lazy” does even more to coincide with his discography. Slowcore rockers Low hardly provided any way in for Kozelek with the spooky, macabre original - surprisingly quite the opposite, given the parties both share the incarnation of slow melodies – but it wasn’t like he needed a hint to give it the go ahead. “Lazy” provokes Kozelek’s twinge-acoustic norm that certainly isn’t going to belong to the song’s original brainchild, nor is it imaginable to have it take place in any other singer-songwriter’s history. He also doesn’t tamper with the classics too much, and “Send In The Clowns” is humble with a newer, less aged provocation.

All of his pristine work consigns Kozelek’s rarities compilation with merely decorative purposes, because these moments are never as heartfelt as when he’s actually just singing other people’s sorrows. His ratio of three to eight works out quite happily enough, because the opening and closing sentiments – “Piano Song” and “Gaping Mouth” – are quite pointless in their vain attempts to draw together the album cohesively. This half collection, half tribute barely requires itself to actually come across as an album, so while these two playful newcomers can excuse themselves by doing just that, it nonetheless seems a way in and out as opposed to ‘fresh’ material – which is what it’s supposed to be. Again, AC/DC cover “If You Want Blood” gets the treatment of being Kozelek’s old material, suddenly redefined with a concert recording. At first, it’s near impossible to distinguish the track is even live, and while this may be impressive in itself, it’s something that loses real translation on this specific gathering.

But it hardly matters; even though Kozelek is making himself a little trite with his own new numbers, he’s putting some tracks to their shame with his own country-esque interpretations. Some of them should have never been interpretations, granted – who ever saw “Lazy” coming? Who cares? For most fans, these tracks have disappeared from mankind as limited additions, tribute albums and charitable quickies – The Finally LP is your chance to hear Kozelek being noble just one more time this year through the means of everyone but himself. It sounds just like it should.



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fireaboveicebelow
December 15th 2008



6837 Comments


I'm getting this for sure, because even though I love Red House Painters, I can't get into Sun Kil Moon no matter how many times I've tried

you made this seem worth it, good reivew

robin
Emeritus
December 15th 2008



4248 Comments


i always had an easier time getting into sun kil moon, but i love both anyway.

ClearTheLane
December 15th 2008



990 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm getting this for sure, because even though I love Red House Painters, I can't get into Sun Kil Moon no matter how many times I've tried
I've always preferred RHP as well.
Good review. The album is also quite good, although it has some 'skippable' stuff.This Message Edited On 12.15.08

robin
Emeritus
December 15th 2008



4248 Comments


yeah, i'll try to find a way not to overdo it i spose

hopefully that's less wordy for nowThis Message Edited On 12.15.08

cbmartinez
December 15th 2008



2525 Comments


album is awesome, not as good as April but better than 7 Songs Belfast, played a bunch of these tracks when I saw him live

joshuatree
Emeritus
December 15th 2008



3743 Comments


album is so good, mark kozelek ftw of course

kingsoby1
Emeritus
December 15th 2008



4950 Comments


nice review foo

Doppelganger
December 15th 2008



3124 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yes mark kozelek is god

Chewie
December 29th 2008



4531 Comments


you're a girl?!

robin
Emeritus
December 29th 2008



4248 Comments


...who

Mendigo
January 3rd 2009



2299 Comments


oh fuck, I still don't have it...



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