If after the ..um...verbose 'Universal Themes' you can cope with any more of Kozelek's ramblings then here is a new double album of the stuff. This one covers events in Kozelek's life from March to October 2016 so if you want to know his thoughts on mass murders or the passing of heroes like David Bowie or Muhammad Ali then this is the place to come.
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Here’s my problem: I’m sure Mark Kozelek farts. I am sure it is something he does. And yet… he doesn’t write about it. Why doesn’t he write about it? Because he just isn’t. That. Honest. You think he is, because he acts like a dick and that's so true -- and I’m sure if he sang “I did a fart” in his new cracked, barely audible murmur, some website somewhere would analyse it as confessional genius. But the fact of the matter is he’s holding back. He’s not giving us all of himself.
This two hour, ten minute album in which Mark Kozelek sings about what CD had a shrink wrap on it and what one didn’t? A little lacking. This double disc record in which he does an impression of a bragging music journalist? Pretty tame. This several fucking year long album in which he reads out a story about lecturing some privileged kids he’s performing to at university about Metallica? Missing something. This Peter Jackson-length extended edition piece of shit record in which he references by name several of his own songs, talks about listening to his own albums and then reads out yet another fan letter? Sad!
This record of looping rock soundscapes, bored to death bass lines and timestamped Kozelek ramblings kinda reminds me of that time someone did a Youtube mashup of Grampa Simpson replacing Lou Reed on ‘Lulu’ -- listen to it here and know I would give a full album edition of it about four points more than this. Weirdest of all, it does half of the things a recent Sun Kil Moon parody predicted it would. Except those songs actually sounded better.
I’ll say it again: Mark Kozelek farts and he’s a bullshit songwriter until he admits it.
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