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The album will come with a bonus CD featuring four alternate versions of songs from "April".
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
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great CD. No defects or flaw in quality. Sun Kil Moon often has a mesmerizing quality to it that makes you long for something you can't quite put your finger on.Published 2 months ago by Bryarfox
April is a very pleasant expierence from start to finish. Its an album to put on and mellow out with. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Evan Tony
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
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 morePublished on April 10, 2011 by Frank Smith
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 morePublished on June 11, 2010 by C. Forsvall
"April" is an album which defies easy classification. When asked by my friends to describe it I find myself at a loss. Read morePublished on May 22, 2010 by A. Kujawski
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 morePublished on November 7, 2009 by Robert Moore