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  • Audio CD (1 Jan 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: 4AD
  • ASIN: B00000702D
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 118,277 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Newton on 16 Dec 2007
Format: Audio CD
Dearly loved by a devoted following of fans for their beautiful, soulful, semi-acoustic brand of melancholic Americana, Mark Kozelek's Red House Painters were frustratingly just short of delivering that one killer album, but this sprawling 75-minute double (often known as the `Rollercoaster Album' to distinguish it from the band's second self-titled release) may well be their best effort.

Kozelek's rich voice has never sounded better here and the musicianship is excellent throughout. The lyrics, often intensely personal on tracks like `Katy Song' and `Grace Cathedral Park', describe the acute pain of failed relationships but also evoke a sepia-tinged nostalgia on songs such as the gorgeously wistful `Rollercoaster'.

All of those songs just mentioned are amongst the finest in RHP's canon, but there are many more beauties here, like the lovely `Things Mean a Lot' and the acoustic `Take Me Out'.

The highly personal nature of Kozelek's songwriting probably makes a surfeit of self-indulgence inevitable, but do we really need two versions of `Mistress' (fine song though it is)? Also, I defy any RHP fan not to admit that `Funhouse' is painfully turgid.

Minor criticisms though, in the context of the record overall, which I loved as a callow youth upon its release and still really enjoy now.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME on 10 Feb 2003
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This eponymous release was voted one of the Top Ten most depressing albums of all time in Uncut magazine in 1998, so I had to check it out. This 14-track album extends on debut Down Colourful Hill- the only criticism is that if not in the right mood, this is possibly too dense a listen...
But I'm mostly in the mood, so it's not a problem. This album fits right in with such releases as Low's Secret Name, Ride's Nowhere, Madder Rose's Bring it Down, Jeff Buckley's Grace,the more morose parts of The Cure's Wish, anything by Nick Drake or Mark Eitzel...
This is the album bombastic miserablism like Dog Man Star & A Northern Soul is trying to be- the version of New Jersey is more acoustic, the band-version found on the 8-track eponymous album of the same year (this alternate take thing is evident also with Mistress & can be seen to be imitated by Radiohead on their recent Kid A/mnesiac albums). The most perfect song for me is Down Through- the missing link between Nick Drake & Galaxie 500- Mark Kozelek's voice is perfect wrapped around this gorgeous acoutic lull (think REM's Fretless or AMC's Jesus' Hands).
There are other perfect songs- Grace Cathedral Park, Katy Song & Rollercoaster sounding like early Ride on downers playing a Led Zep song. It's sparse, enchanting material. For anyone who has fallen for the joys of Jeff Buckley's Grace, a song like Dragonflies is easily as strong as his version of Hallelujah or a track like So Real. This song almost sees RHP rock out; well, almost...
Red House Painters also has one of those brilliant 4AD covers, a dreamlike image of a rollercoaster reminding me of the one Major Giuliani tore down in Long Island & films like Annie Hall (1977). This is mood music of the finest order- something needed more than ever in these days of mediocrity like Coldplay & Turin Brakes...
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Oct 2000
Format: Audio CD
The best album by this much-underrated band is a graceful but profound wallow into heartbreak. They are much compared to Mark Eitzel and the lyrics plow a similar enough vein but have little of the playful irony, Mistress withstanding (the chorus is "I need someone much more mysterious to be my Mistress" sung with reverberating aplomb). The best track by far is Katy Song, which is truly devastating and was the backdrop to many of my friends' university relationships. It all gets a bit wearing midway through - this album often sends me to sleep. But it's the only album I like that does that.
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1 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Music-Lover on 1 Mar 2004
Format: Audio CD
An assured album, but a profiundly depressing one. High- (or low?)-lights are Katy's Song and Mistress. Individually, lots of great songs - as a whole, however, it's a very montonous album, and as such near to unlistenable.
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Kozelek's Finest Hour 20 Dec 2008
By armenianthunder - Published on Amazon.com
Though I can't believe it's been 15 years since this album came out, it still stands as Mark Kozelek's most enduring work, and the standard by which all of his later work, whether with the Painters, or under his own name, or with his current outfit Sun Kil Moon, will be measured.

Meticulously recorded, the album (the first of two self-titled albums released in 1993, and commonly referred to as the "Rollercoaster" LP) starts out on a high note with "Grace Cathedral Park," a haunting account of doomed love, and the somber confessions of songs like "Down Through" and "Dragonflies." The power of childhood memories is explored in songs like "Rollercoaster" and "New Jersey," with the band gently and slowly unfolding around Kozelek's gauzy guitar-scapes. The high point may well be the jagged "Mistress," the album's loudest and hardest-rocking number, which is also later reprised in a gorgeous solo piano version. The sustained tension in the longer epic psychodramas like "Strawberry Hill" and "Mother" make the album drag a bit towards the end, but the brief, shimmering "Brown Eyes" brings the album to a still, beautiful end.

As with much of his early work, his lyrics sometimes verge on embarrassingly confessional (From "Down Through": "I can still feel the sting in my hand from when I hit you." Ouch, TMI, dude...), the quality of his unique songwriting voice and gorgeous guitar work is undeniable. This is the kind of album that never fails to reveal new treasures, no matter how many times you play it. A sprawling masterpiece, and one of the defining albums of 1990's alternative rock.
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