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What now? Leave us alone. 

The latest in Mark Kozelek's endless parade of releases. This time he is alongside Ben Boye and The Dirty Three's Jim White. The credits contain the increasingly worrying credit of 'Mark Kozelek: Words'.  Therefore you sort of know what you are getting- vomit. The song I heard is all about a cat and I never ever want to hear it again. 

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Mark Kozelek with Ben Boye and Jim White by Mark Kozelek with Ben Boye and Jim White
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1/10 Robin Staff review, 11 October 2017

I’d ask “who thought this was a good idea?” but I feel like at this point I’m shouting into a cold, lonely void. Instead I’ll ask this: who in the history of music has thought it a good idea to self-title a record that involves three musicians? Mark Kozelek, of course. It makes sense that a man as excessively, needlessly and devastatingly wordy would name a record ‘Mark Kozelek with Ben Boye and Jim White’, though I’m sure the working title was ‘Mark Kozelek with Ben Boye and Jim White and on our rider was Hummus and Coffee and the Venue Guy Was a Nice Dude’.

Bad. The first song sees him cosplay as a cat, proving for once and all that Mark Kozelek is actually a furry, in response to not wanting to pay attention to rolling news about Donald Trump. Amazingly the song is seven minutes long and has various musical parts, all of them dirgey. Impeach Mark Kozelek. Later he writes a haiku. If you listen far enough maybe you’ll find out his opinion on Rick and Morty? I don’t know. It’s worth noting that Ben Boye and Jim White (of the actually good Dirty Three) make the music on this record, which is occasionally interesting but to what end, and I can’t forgive them for it. Everything once good in their lives has been undone by enabling Mark Kozelek, who by the way, now that I think about it, is essentially just making noise rock records, as if anyone asked for that at any point ever.



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