The Red House Painters recorded their sixth and final album, Old Ramon, in the late nineties, although it took several years for it to be released due to label wranglings. Its consequent ‘legendary lost album’ status turned out to be fairly warranted, as this is one of Mark Kozelek's strongest statements. Reissued on double LP by Sup Pop.
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9/10 Brian Customer review, 12th April 2016
My favorite Painters record and also the birth of Sun Kil Moon. The first half of the album has the best songs, while the other half has the slower ballads.
Tracks like 'Smokey' and 'Void' are soft, emotional and are the real tear-jerkers, while songs like 'Between Days' and 'Cruiser' are simple and easy to jam out to.
This review is really cheesy, but this is truly a wonderful RHP record that should definitely be listened to; definitely the highlight of Kozelek's career and the start of what would become his current project.
7/10 Jack Customer review, 9th April 2016I've listened to this album twice now, so this is still kind of a first impression. While I do really like this album, I think it is just a little bit disappointing. It kinda abandons the direction of their previous album Song for a Blue Guitar. Songs from the last album like "Priest Alley Song", "I Feel the Rain Fall' and the title track showed a certain diversity which is missing from Old Ramon. Those songs had really unique compositions and instrumentation compared to the rest of the album, but Old Ramon sounds kinda monotone in comparison.
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