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Benji

10 Feb. 2014 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 11 Feb. 2014
  • Release Date: 10 Feb. 2014
  • Label: CALDO VERDE
  • Copyright: 2014 Caldo Verde
  • Total Length: 1:01:50
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  • ASIN: B00IA5N50E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,715 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By citroenv on 25 April 2015
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This is fantastic. It's my first cd by this guy, in any of his recording incarnations, and I love this album. I recommended it to my friend, and he loves it too. If you don't like this you probably work in marketing and use phrases like "going forward" or you use that pointless upward inflection at the end of sentences. Or you have a white Audi. With black wheels. And stupid headlights.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By MR W on 15 Aug. 2014
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It's the best Sun Kil Moon album in my opinion. I kind of feel that this is exactly what i've been wanting from him. Much as i like the other albums, for me this really nails it and takes it to another level. Its spellbinding. And its so nice to see Mark Kozelek at the top of his game lyrically and musically this far in to his career. This album, and last year's Perils from the Sea with Jimmy Lavalle both floored me, and had near constant play on my ipod for months!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peggie Johnson on 6 Feb. 2015
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I thought it was stunning and my best record of 2014.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Christopher J. Gunning on 15 Feb. 2014
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I have been a Kozelek fan for 22 years, which means I've pretty much gone through my adult life with his music. I've not loved all of it - the Portuguese guitar obsession of 2009-11 left me a little cold, for example - but I love and appreciate the way his writing and playing has changed and developed over the years. Many hard-core Red House Painters fans can't seem to understand/accept why he isn't still knocking out the poetry drenched slow-core doom of the early albums - something I find both amusing and ridiculous - but I love the stream of consciousness style of his current work and Benji is surely going to be seen as the masterpiece of this era-Kozelek. I doubt there will be a more engaging, life-affirming, amusing or shattering (yes, all at once!) album about death ever made. Buy it. Study it. Love it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Hopwood on 11 Oct. 2014
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A great album of haunting stripped down songs mostly autobiographical.I hadn,t heard this band before but I will look for more of their albums.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By The War Baby on 26 Feb. 2014
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Mark Kozelek is, to these ears, in a bit of a golden moment in his career at present. He seems to have ditched the more stylistic productions and songwriting of old for a far less precious and far more spontaneous and personal approach. I can well understand why this may be splitting his audience a bit, but to those of us who have been bitten hard by this new 'diary'-style approach, Benji is a delight.
It's about the attention to detail, the perfectly drawn snippets of everyday life that make each story (and yes, that is what they are more than songs) strangely compelling. This is not background music, it has to be given your full attention in the same way that a talking book demands.
Yes, the main theme of the record is one of mortality, but this is not the self-indulgent whining of a teenager, it is the world weary observations and exasperations of a middle-aged man who is grappling with the big issues of love and loss without losing either his sense of humor or his sense of the absurd. It's a wonderful record - and anyone who can use the line "sports bar s***" as a bona-fide hookline (Ben's My Friend) deserves considerable praise in my world. Score: 4.6/5
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There are some great songs on here (Micheline, The Song Remains the Same, Ben's My Friend) but there are far too many very average filler tracks like Prayer for Newtown and Truck Driver, plus Kozelek's rapping style is starting to get very old now. Here's hoping for a return to the magic of Admiral Fell Promises or the fresher musical approach of Perils From the Sea.
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18 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Feb. 2014
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The word "prolific" does not come anywhere close to doing justice to the musical output of Mark Kozelek. The great man put out two fabulous collaborative albums in 2013. Firstly the sublime electronica of "Perils from the Sea" with Jimmy LaValle from Album Leaf and the more rocking album with Desertshore including its wry musical attacks on Wilco's Nels Cline. Quite what the difference is nowadays between a Kozelek solo album and a Sun Kil Moon release is contestable, But who cares? Kozelek makes the music that touches your soul, makes you deeply reflect on your nearest and dearest, tells you that the human journey totters on disappointment and near collapse but that in the end its contact with family, friends, colleagues and comrades that makes it a road worth travelling.

"Benji" is by a country mile Kozelek's most personal album. Like a male version of Joni Mitchell he has no terrors in laying bare his deepest emotions and fears. In particular it is an album infused with death or at least the fear of it. Any one whose parents provide the anchor of stability in life will be drawn to two great Kozelek songs present "I can't live without my mothers love" and "I love my Dad". The first song is a touching paean to his dear mum who he admits "She is the closest friend I have in my life" but he fears that when she departs the earth that `I won't have the courage to sort through her things; I cannot bear all the pain it will bring'". How wonderful to see a male songwriter confront his feelings of love for his dearest relative. "I love my dad" is more of a traditional rock n roll song but is filled with similar sentiments around what was clearly a more difficult relationship (and another Nels Cline dig).
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