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April

Sun Kil MoonAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 1, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Caldo Verde
  • ASIN: B00158FK42
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,195 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Lost Verses
2. The Light
3. Lucky Man
4. Unlit Hallway
5. Heron Blue
6. Moorestown
7. Harper Road
8. Tonight The Sky
9. Like The River
10. Tonight In Bilbao
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Tonight In Bilbao (Alt. Version)
2. The Light (Alt. Version)
3. Like The River (Alt. Version)
4. Tonight The Sky (Alt. Version)

Editorial Reviews

Review

From 10-minute, three-guitar jams to heartbreaking acoustic ballads,
April shines with the most evocative music of Kozelek s career. --Jonathan Cohen, Billboard

Mark Kozelek returns with an album of rare warmth and immediacy, where
intensely personal lyrics hang on hazily magnificent melodies. --Aidin Vaziri, San Francisco Chronicle

Product Description

April, the new album from Sun Kil Moon, is Mark Kozelek's first original record since the acclaimed 2003 Sun Kil Moon debut ''Ghosts Of The Great Highway''. 11 songs at almost 74 minutes, ''April'' is a collection of songs recorded between March and August 2007 in San Francisco (Hyde Street Studios) and Seattle (Well Recording). In the spirit of Sun Kil Moon's ''Ghosts'' and ''Tiny Cities'', Mark was joined by the same players as before, including drummer Anthony Koutsos (Red House Painters), bassist Geoff Stanfield (Black Lab), violist Michi Aceret, and percussionist David Revelli. ''April'' also finds Mark in the company of guest vocalists Bonnie Prince Billy, Ben Gibbard (Death Cab For Cutie), and Eric Pollard (Retribution Gospel Choir).

The album will come with a bonus CD featuring four alternate versions of songs from "April".

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lucky Man April 1, 2008
Format:Audio CD
First listen to "Lost Verses," the sweeping, majestic 10-minute opening track to Mark Kozelek's new album "April" made me think, 'This is the perfect distillation of everything amazing and good he has done as an artist in his career.' All the hallmarks are there, the beautifuly played, hypnotic and well-recorded guitar parts, the voice flat-yet-full and mournful, the lyrics that remind you of your own missing friends and lost memories... It's gorgeous. And yet, rather than what we would call "growth" and expansion, Kozelek continues to drill down deeper into his obsessions. That means if, like me, you have been following him since the dawn of the Red House Painters, you know what this sounds like. The grades are noted in levels of gorgeousness, not newness. For a neophyte fan, this is a perfect introduction into everything that makes Kozelek so distinctive and moving. But I found myself drifting at times during the middle cuts. One song is a chord-for-chord take, with new lyrics and melody, of "Rock N Roll Singer," already a reimagining of an old AC/DC song. The guitars and drums have the exact same fuzz and sound to them. It feels like a complete lift, and for the fans -- almost as obsessive as Kozelek is -- it should not be enough. It's irksome.
I made sure I didn't play "April" for the first time until very late at night/early in the morning because when everyone else has gone to bed or out of the house, that's when Kozelek's flower blooms -- in the hard hours. It certainly worked its way into me at its best points, and there are many. It is more of the very good same, but same nonetheless. How that is judged will be deeply personal. Again, for newcomers, by all means, this is a great introduction to Kozelek. Longtime fans, of course, will want to stay close by as the artist performing as Sun Kil Moon continues to build his monument to loss.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Journey Worth Reliving Over and Over Again! April 8, 2008
Format:Audio CD
There's this trend in music today, that when you have a song that is 7 minutes or longer, it has to be "epic." That is to say that at some point in that 7 minutes, preferably at the end, there needs to be this triumphant climax. The rest of the song either builds up to that point, or maintains the epicness of it all. Apparently, Mark Kozelek has never received a memo on this notion. As Sun Kil Moon, his songs often far surpass the 7-minute mark, but almost always remain strangely restrained - forcing the listener to either embrace his style of music, or reject it for something more "exciting."

His debut album, Ghosts of the Great Highway is still getting regular plays on my iPod to this day! Songs like "Carry Me Ohio" and "Glenn Tipton" are haunting tales, told over mysterious guitars that I don't think I'll ever tire of. Naturally, I was excited when I heard that he would finally be releasing some new original material. It's been almost 5 years since we last heard from Sun Kil Moon (when not covering Modest Mouse, that is), and I am pleased to say that the wait makes everything about April better.

Like its predecessor, April doesn't dwell in the conventions of modern music; even in the indie realm. It slowly meanders through its 11 tracks, taking the listener on warm journey. Kozelek paints the most eloquent pictures with his words - of heartache, love, regret, and hope. On the album opener, "Lost Verses," he croons, "I've risen up from the dead/With the burning leaves of autumn/If only for one last chance/That all of whom have been defeated/To put on my father's wool coat/To smell my mother's fragrances and perfumes/To find my young brothers and sisters/To never leave or let them go.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I generally hate the description but this album is a slow burner. The previous Sun Kil Moon album "Ghosts of the great highway" is in many respects a much more accessible and conventional album and contains the brilliant openers Glenn Tipton, the wonderful "Carry me Ohio" (the acoustic version is equally immense) plus the greatest song Neil Young never wrote "Salvador Sanchez". April alternatively has a very slow, incremental and meandering quality about it. Mark Kozelek is not going to be rushed. Three songs either exceed or touch 10 minutes and are all the better for it.

When I first bought April I played it a couple of times and must admit that that it did seem somewhat repetitive. All great albums however "reveal" themselves to you with the passage of time and perseverance. The subtleties and nuances emerge; quiet background melodies catch your ear and the songs burn deep. Lost Verses is an example. Mark Kozelek has penned one of his greatest compositions here as good as anything by the Red House Painters and matching the brilliant Katy's Song. The lyrics are achingly beautiful as he rises from bed and contemplates leaving a relationship

"Came out from under her warm sheets
Into the brisk late October
If only for one last hope
I wanted my time with you to be over"

It leads to a journey around San Francisco reflecting on the things that we all deeply care about; family, relationships, nature, the changing seasons and more. Then at 8 minutes the song pauses and turns in a joyful and uplifting guitar solo which is absolutely perfect. Further delights follow with Moorestown, Tonight in Bilbao and the Unlit Hallway which has the god like genius of Will Oldham on backing vocals.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars for the tween hours
lonely, lovely, haunting, a tiny bit dragging in some places, but overall a mood piece of great wonder. Worth buying and listening to.
Published on June 2, 2012 by Daniel W. Bleier
5.0 out of 5 stars Mark Kozelek in fine fettle on April
April is one of those albums that I never tire of. While Mark Kozelek can be one gloomy gus whether his material is presented as Red House Painters, Sun Kil Moon (as this album... Read more
Published on April 10, 2011 by Frank Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars a view from the outside
Although I've read rave reviews about Mark Kozelek's music over the years, I've never taken the plunge until purchasing this CD. Read more
Published on June 11, 2010 by C. Forsvall
5.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Dynamic Album
"April" is an album which defies easy classification. When asked by my friends to describe it I find myself at a loss. Read more
Published on May 22, 2010 by A. Kujawski
5.0 out of 5 stars An indescribably lovely album
I was a big fan of Mark Kozelek, both with his former band Red House Painters and as a solo performer (though performing under the name Sun Kil Moon). Read more
Published on November 7, 2009 by Robert Moore
2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing like Ghosts
I am going to give the CD a little longer, but from my first listen through, I can safely say this CD is nothing like Ghosts. Read more
Published on July 23, 2009 by Max
5.0 out of 5 stars Hands Down One of the Best Folk Records of 2008
Recording under Red House Painters since the early nineties, Mark Kozelek has fashioned a career out of reinventing the once tired singer/songwriter genre into a veritable melange... Read more
Published on May 27, 2009 by Leif Sheppard
4.0 out of 5 stars Long and lovely
This is a really lovely album but good lord, Mark Kozelek, is it necessary to put this many 5+ (or 10+) minute songs on a single album?
Published on April 23, 2009 by Miss E
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars... outstanding from start to finish
Sun Kil Moon (the band behind main writer/vocalist Mark Kozelek) has been at it since the early part of this decade, but I've only recently (as in: the last 6 months) discovered... Read more
Published on January 1, 2009 by Paul Allaer
5.0 out of 5 stars yet another review
I have been listening to Mark Kozelek's music for about 15 years. Once you have been hooked by one of his songs, it no longer leaves you. Read more
Published on October 3, 2008 by Pierre
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