Old Ramon Import
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"So drive me down Sunset Boulevard
I'm feeling nice in your white car
Playing Hanoi Rocks and Social D
My sweetest angel set me free
My sweetest saviour rescued me"
At its core, this material is the most musically and lyrically mature work by the band. Lengthy, nostalgically reflective epics "Void" and "River" are far removed from earlier expressions of dramatic disturbance such as "Evil" or "Medicine Bottle". The music has shed the emotional darkness and brooding psychoanalysis that characterized earlier works. Instead, the composition and lyrical themes have developed a level of sublime awareness of the self and of the world, in the sense of introspective apprehension of fading time and lost moments. Their music has never flowed so effortlessly, so eloquently, as presented here. The fluidity and elegance of these songs operates on a plane that remains simply untouchable in its wistful and yearning quality. At times, such as in the eleven minute immersive splendor of "River", the music builds from hushed delicacy into a breathtaking crescendo, utterly soul-embracing and almost universally applicable.Read more ›
On first listen, long time RHP fans may find it hard to suppress their collective gag reflex at "Wop A Din Din" - Kozelek's tribute to his cat. If it weren't for the sheer earnestness of this song, it would certainly fall flat. It's definitely a catchy tune, and if you can stomach the fifth grade writing assignment lyrics you may like it a lot.
"Byrd Joel" is a breezy song that recalls some of the lighter moments on "Songs For A Blue Guitar". Lyrically, it's more obscure (in typical RHP fashion), but the beautiful guitar overdub textures and the hypnotic fuzz bassline will definitely draw you in.
"Void" is the first sign that this is indeed the same band that made "Down Colorful Hill". Here Kozelek's ruminations about a relationship are punctuated by little 80's-style lead guitar in the choruses. The combination works surprisingly well.
"Between Days" is by far the standout song on "Old Ramon". While the hook is hardly similar to that of "Make Like Paper" (on "Blue Guitar"), the song serves a similar purpose - to kick things up a notch. The interplay of overdriven guitar, slide guitar and harmonica is brilliant, and the lyrics really mesh with the tune to lend the song a sense of motion.
"Cruiser" is a low key ramble through the streets and highways of LA. Despite the fact that the windows are down and the stereo is blasting, the narrator and his companion are both quietly alone. Nobody writes a song like this better than Mark Kozelek.Read more ›
While I don't think that this album is quite as good as "Songs for a Blue Guitar," it is definately worth owning. The first four songs along with number nine are the ones that stand out for me. This album took forever to get to us and it has been way too long since we have heard from them. We need more.
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Classic RHP album. Glad to have it on CD again so that I can rip it at a higher bit-rate.Published 11 months ago by Officer Flossy
Their (last?) release possessed little of the trademark acoustic melancholia, instead presenting a mixed bag with a few partly neutered sing-alongs and an... Read more
This album is great.....the nice accustic guitar cuts thru and is introspective and just a little bit dark. It's my first purchase for this band, and I like it alot!!Published on February 18, 2006 by J. P. Keyes
Wanted: one merciless producer/editor. I can easily take the drone one-note guitar, mostly soft acoustic, but on a couple of occasions (Void and River) revved up pretty well with... Read morePublished on May 5, 2005 by James Carragher
It took me a shile to fully appreciate this album. But after a number of listens, I finally have grown to love the album. Read morePublished on July 29, 2004 by Pinoy Boy
Ok...with much respect to all the old RHP fans! I can hardly believe my eyes when I see a few people make any bad comments on anything about this record, "Michigan" being... Read morePublished on September 29, 2003 by chris
You have it all, folks. Some of Kozelek's most profound and mature lyrics. The best production of any Red House record so far. Read morePublished on August 17, 2003 by Sidney Carton
When this album initially came out in 2001 I listened to a friends copy of it and decided it was way too slow for me. Read morePublished on January 14, 2003 by C. Wainwright